Bologna is one of Italy's best kept secrets. Long considered to be the nation's food capital, it is also regularly listed within the top five cities in Italy for quality of life. Located in the northern section of the country amidst the intertwining of the Po, Reno, and Savena Rivers, looking up to the Apennine Mountains, and home to one of the oldest universities in the world—the University of Bologna, founded in 1088—this is one of the most cosmopolitan Italian cities in the country, with a rich history of art, music, cuisine, and culture. And while it might not be as well known to the rest of the world as Rome or Milan, to the Italians this is one of their crown jewels.
The history of Bologna dates back to the fourth century BC to the Celtic tribes who first migrated here from Gual. Over the years the city grew until the 11th century when the university was founded, and since then has remained one of the most culturally significant cities in the country. As with most Italian cities, Bologna is rich with architectural wonders, not to mention the variety of antiques stored in the various museums. On top of that, there are plenty of art galleries and places like Via Rizzoli, the Corte de’ Galluzi, or the Plazza Maggiore.
However, one of the most important aspects of Bologna is the cuisine. Just like Tuscany has its own distinct flavors, the same can be said of Bologna, and no visit to Italy is complete without spending at least a week in this city sampling the delicacies at one of the many restaurants. Keep in mind, however, that during the prime summer months when festivals are occurring and the tourist season is in full swing prices can get beyond outrageous, so be sure to book in advance if you plan on coming during the summer months.
Not on the typical foreign tourist's itinerary,this half medieval half Renaissance quiet city surrounded by more than 9 km of ancient walls,with more bikes than people(around 130,000)located …