Lara and Carlo, my first hosts, showed me Bologna where Carlo attended the university, oldest in Europe, established in 1088.

Lara, me and Carlo in Bologna, Italy
Lara, me and Carlo in Bologna, Italy

Lara, me and Carlo in Bologna, Italy (2)


Twin towers, the image most associated with the city of Bologna.

It is the capital of Emilia-Romagna, a region in the north of Italy that is known for its ancient architecture and rich food.  Bologna is legendary for its traditional cuisine (tagliatelle al ragù and lasagne alla bolognese) which was on the menu at the cozy restaurant where we had lunch.








An important cultural and artistic center with many medieval towers, antique buildings, churches as well as works of art which are the result of a first class architectural and artistic history.


  • In 2000 Bologna was declared European capital of culture.
  • In 2006,  it was declared a UNESCO “city of music”. The city of Bologna was selected to participate in the Universal Exposition of Shanghai 2010 together with 45 other cities from around the world.
  • Bologna has also been designated a UNESCO Human Heritage site.
  • Bologna is also one of the wealthiest cities in Italy, often ranking as one of the top cities in terms of quality of life in the country.  In 2011 it ranked 1st out of 107 Italian cities.   Facts listed above are courtesy of wikipedia


Bologna is famous for it lengthy and beautiful Porticos and archways

Portico 2
Portico 2

Portico 4 Portico 5



Take a virtual trip through Bologna. Make sure you have it on Full Screen



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