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Basic information

  • Area: 140.7 km² (54.3 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +39051
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 376,792
  • Official language: Italian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Bologna – Overview

Bologna, capital both of the province and of the region, was selected as one of the nine European Capitals of Culture for the year 2000 and has remained a cultural location to the present day. The designation enriched the city's cultural offerings with several important international events, as well as the transformation of the so-called Ex Sala Borsa, or Former Stock Exchange, into Italy's largest multimedia library. It has always been a centre of cultural, art and scientific progress thanks to its University, the oldest in the world, founded in 1088, which gave the city its nickname of 'La Dotta' ('the learned').

Every part of this city is full of history. Its medieval-style city centre is one of the best well-preserved in Europe. Its 40 kilometres of arcades give the chance of a walk protecting either from the sun or from the rain. The red brick of its buildings is a feature which makes this city unique. In the city centre the Two Towers, the real symbol of the city, are the last proof of the almost two hundreds house-towers dominating here in the Middle Ages. Besides to the history hiding into its palaces, its squares, its several museums, its churches and its wonderful gardens, the city lives either by day or by night. See the several typical pubs, theatres, open-air markets, food shops displaying the local specialities that make Bologna a capital of good eating, recognized worldwide.

Its efficient trade fair centre also makes Bologna one of the most important business cities in Northern Italy. It is the main road and rail junction of the whole country and its international fast-growing airport is connected to the main European cities. In 2009 the airport won the "ACI Europe Best Airport Award 2009" in the class for one to five million passengers.

Bologna offers a wide range of tourist facilities, modern accommodation services and historical sites to organize events. The short distance from other art Italian cities and from the Adriatic coast is ideal for thematic breaks and incentive programs. Bologna is a city with a human side, which makes still listen to its heart-bit in a lively, wide-open reality, where past is still present and present is already future.