Capital of culture

Visiting Bologna means discovering one of Europe’s best preserved old-town centres, gazing in wonder at the tall towers, seeing the big Piazza, the endless arcades and numerous monuments. It means entering ancient buildings and churches, full of works of art which bear witness to the cultural importance held by Bologna over the centuries: Palazzo d’Accursio, Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, San Petronio and the complex of the Basilica di Santo Stefano.

An exciting journey through history and culture, the fulcrum of which is the University, the oldest in Europe. But Bologna is also a city of international business and lively hospitality, which tempts visitors with its delicious food and wine specialities and embraces, along with its province, every single guest, never failing to enchant.


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Not to be missed

The medieval centre and its antique University, the underground waterways, the Sanctuary of San Luca and the city museums, including the MAMbo (Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna).


Exhibitions: 22 January/13 April - MAMbo Giorgio Morandi 1890-1964
21 March/26 April - Accademia delle Belle Arti - Il giovane Guercino tra Cento e Bologna.
18/22 November - Old town centre - Cioccoshow.
December - Celebration of the centennial of the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Physics to Guglielmo Marconi, with an exhibition dedicated to him in the centre of Bologna.

Good Food

The local gastronomy has ancient origins and uses many products identified by the EU PDO and PGI marks, such as Bologna Mortadella, potatoes with Selenium, Altedo green asparagus and Castel del Rio chestnuts. The jewels of the local cuisine are hand-made pasta and charcuterie.


Known as Basket City thanks to its success in basketball, Bologna also hosts numerous motorbike and automobile meets and events: Bologna- San Luca, the Cronoscalata Bologna- Passo della Raticosa, the 1000 Miglia.

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