Bologna is a city steeped in history and culture. The urban structure was defined by the Romans. The medieval street system, that extends from the city centre like the spokes of a wheel, was laid down by the Longobards. Features of the town are its picturesque red brick towers. In the past there were over 200 of these, each demonstrating the power of the important families who built them. Two of the finest examples, the Asinelli Tower and the unfinished Garisenda Tower, have now become a symbol of the town. What really distinguish Bologna are its porticoes. No other city in the world can boast a monumental procession of arcades that stretches, almost without interruption, for over thirty five kilometres. Admired by visitors for centuries, this unique example of architectural harmony has recently been submitted for nomination as a World Heritage Site. An important centre in medieval times, Bologna is mainly famous for being the site of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.

How to arrive

By car: Autostrada A1 Milano - Napoli, exit Bologna (different exits); Autostrada A13 Bologna – Padova, exit Bologna (different exits).

By train: national rail network (Eurostar and Intercity lines), Station of “Bologna”.

By plane: Bologna Airport “G. Marconi” just 6 kms from the city centre, Forlì Airport “L.Ridolfi” (73 kms); other airports are in Firenze (120 kms), Verona (150 kms) and Venezia (160 kms).

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