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City Guide: BolognaBologna, situated north of Florence between Reno and Savena rivers, is located at the center of the transportation network-both ground and railroad- that connects the north and south parts of Italy. Towers dating from the Middle Ages and arched streets adorn the city, which was built on the ruins of the old Roman town. Thus called “the city of towers”, Bologna is not only a very important center of agriculture and industry; but also the home of one of the oldest universities of Europe. Founded in the 11th century, University of Bologna (Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna – UNIBO) became one of the most prestigious one of its kind during the 12th and 13th centuries with numerous famous professors.
You can conveniently tour the city on foot. Public transportation, on the other hand, is organized via buses. A one-way ticket costs 1 euro. As parking is expensive within the downtown area, it is not very reasonable to rent vehicles. Most tourists prefer renting motorcycles/mopeds or scooters. Minibuses may also be used for transportation to nearby resorts and the countryside. Prices of these range from 5 to 10 euros.
All roads intersect at Piazza Maggiore, the meeting spot of the city... People getting out of work and school meet here to engage in conversations while enjoying a cup of coffee. In addition to the richest coffee, you can enjoy the most delicious croissants here.
Basilica di San Petronio (The Basilica of San Petronio) is one of the eight major dioceses. It was named after the saint who lived in the area between 431 and 450. Although the front part is unfinished, it is acknowledged as one of the masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Architecture. The funeral service of Pope Jean Paul II, who died last year, took place in the glorious building.
Piazza del Nettuno (Neptune Square) with the fountain built by Tomasso Lauretti in 1563 is another hot spot in the city. It is also possible to drink from the fountain within the square where it is crowded at all hours of the day.
Basilica di San Luca (The Basilica of San Luca) is the highest point of the city, which you can reach on foot or via shuttles through an eight kilometer archway. The basilica was built on Guardia Hill in 1192. Entrance is free of charge.
Two Towers; Asinelli, one of the two towers that were both built in the 12th century, is 97.20 meters tall. The second one, Garisenda, is 48.16 meters. The entrance fee for the towers is 3 euros. Following 498 steps that seem endless, you find a red city at the top. You find yourself in the center of Bologna where all roads intersect.
Basilica Di San Francesco (The Basilico of San Francesco ), the construction of the monumental building was completed in 1263. Being one of the first Gothic buildings in Italy, its architectural style is apparent in all interior and exterior spaces. The long hallways, archways, and the marble atlas/horses inside are a must-see.
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Museo Civico Archeologico (Museum of Archeology); is a building from the Middle Ages. It is possible to see Villanovan, Etrusk, Roman, and ancient Egyptian pieces in this museum. The pieces which were excavated from Felsina cemeteries and the Villanova ruins are quite interesting. In addition to the sheer number of local visitors, the museum welcomes a lot of visitors from various cities in Italy
Modena, a small town located 40 kilometers northwest of Bologna, is not only the hometown of the famous tenor Luciano Pavarotti but also the home of famous Italian car manufacturers such as Ferrari and Bugatti. The reliefs in the Cathedral of San Geminian, built in the 12th century, are a must-see. In galleries surrounding the main square of the city, masterpieces by famous artists such as Bernini and Guido Reni are displayed.
Pinacoteca Nazionale (National Art Gallery) is one of the most important art galleries in Europe. The Senate of Bologna convenes in 1796 and passes a law to protect the masterpieces of the city. The construction of the gallery ends in 1803. You also have a chance to view the chronological development of the painting schools in Bologna in this gallery, where pieces by painters such as Reni, Barbieri, and Caracci are on display.
Food & DrinkThe Italian way of life is dominant in Bologna. Nevertheless, it is possible to find different foods in little restaurants -from Turkish to Indian- in the city which is used to foreigners. The other name of the city, “la grassa”, means “the fat one” Bologna, the fruit and vegetable garden of Italy, is also where the famous Bolognese pasta sauce was born.
ShoppingFirst thing that comes to mind for shopping suggestions is homemade pasta. In the same stores, you can also buy different types of homemade cheese. Galleria Cavour, located next to Via Farini, is the number one spot for shoppers interested in luxury items and brands. Another shopping spot is “via San Felice” located next to “via Ugo Bassi”.
In Skylife Bologna
La Dotta Bologna*
*La Dotta, Italian, ‘The Learned One’
Imagine a city such that, wherever you look, if you are near the city center you can see, feel and touch its historic texture. The only thing that keeps you from feeling you have been beamed back to the Middle Ages in a time machine as you stroll through its streets are the electrically lighted shop signs and the modern vehicles with their modern-dressed drivers. Bologna is a city that arouses conflicting feelings in a person. A trifle dreary, perhaps even dark, on account to its texture, but a city that is warm and welcoming when you delve a little deeper into it and lose yourself in its streets. One enormous medieval theater, seemingly reanimated in all its myriad aspects.
I traveled to Bologna from Istanbul one beautiful spring day to be a consultant on a Turkish stand being set up at a fair. First to Milan and from there by train to Bologna. The fairs held in this city, which has been heavily engaged in trade throughout its history and is one of Italy’s most important transportation hubs, draw people from all over the world. Although fair visitors don’t have much time to take an interest in the city itself, for me this visit was an opportunity to soak up the atmosphere and experience everything like a native. And to hook up with my Italian friends whom I had not seen for a long time...
Together with Milan and Turin, Bologna is one of Italy’s most extraordinary cities, a status it has always managed to preserve as a transportation hub from time immemorial and an advanced industrial region. Its residents are voracious intellectuals, known throughout Italy for their left-leaning views. Thanks to which, and to the blood red tiles and bricks of its medieval buildings, Bologna has always been known as ‘La Rossa’, ‘the Red City’, an epithet that befits its multiculturalness as well. ‘La Dotta’, as the title of this article indicates, also leaves its mark on Bologna, which is a university town to boot. Its population expanding in every new period, Bologna’s streets today are thronged with more young people than you will see in the average European city. And this is not attributable to the city’s being particularly populous. The city center easily boasts two young people per square meter. Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna is acknowledged to be Europe’s oldest - indeed the world’s oldest according to those who don’t count Alexandria - and the names of just a few of its graduates suffice to indicate this city’s importance to learning and culture: Dante, Copernicus, Thomas á Beckett, Albrecht Dürer, Marcelo Malpighi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Umberto Eco.
BOLOGNA THE FAT
Besides its fairs and its university, Bologna’s cuisine is another prime component of its fame. The name Bologna immediately springs to mind all over the Emilia-Romagna region at the mere mention of cheese and charcuterie products, as you will soon notice from the gigantic cheese wheels, colorful bottles and myriad other products that will catch your eye in the restaurants scattered all over the city. Another Bologna epithet, ‘La Grassa’ or ‘The Fat One’, lays emphasis on the city’s rich cuisine and famous Bolognese sauce, instantly recalled by those with a little interest in Italian cooking. The Italians call this meat-based tomato sauce ‘ragu alla Bolognese’. My local friend Andreas and I surrender wholeheartedly to the restaurant and cooking madness that permeates the Po Valley and, aping the natives, ask for ‘Tagliatelle al ragu’ when ordering our lunch.
Sated now and feeling pleasantly stuffed, we commence a brief tour of the city. This is a city that exudes history from every nook and cranny. Although the light drizzle is a reminder of the region’s damp climate, you can stroll around the entire city center and never get wet. Approximately 38 kilometers of arcades (45 km in the city as a whole) cover almost every street and join all the squares, providing every possible protection against snow, rain and temperatures that can easily soar over 30 C in summer. And wherever you wander on your city stroll, all roads lead eventually to the Piazza Maggiore.
NEPTUNE AND FOUCAULT’S PENDULUM
Gracing the square in all its glory and greeting passersby from beneath the porticoes, the Fontana di Nettuno is one of the city’s icons. It is impossible to feel anything other than sheer awe in its presence. Another impossibility is reining in the urge to go up and examine it in detail. For the Fountain of Neptune is a truly outstanding depiction of the god of the sea, with its supple contours, the bronze body stained by time, and the surrounding figures that recall to the sea. Across the Piazza Maggiore the Palazzo Re Enzo will enter your line of vision. But the most impressive structure on this square is the San Petronio Basilica. Unless you look closely, you will not notice that while half of it is built of high quality marble the other half is made of simple bricks. This basilica, a cause of onerous taxes and untold oppression in its time, later had, unfortunately, to be completed in bricks. When looking at this architectural masterpiece, which was meant to be even grander and more splendid than its counterpart in the Vatican, you will feel both regret for its half-finished beauty and empathy with its contemporaries who sacrificed themselves for its sake. Housing Foucault’s pendulum and other matchless artifacts, San Petronio is one of the best-preserved buildings in the world today.
If you happen to go to Bologna in summer, you are likely to encounter Beppe Maniglia, the city’s scantily clad ‘certified lunatic’, who makes music on his electro guitar with his supporters as backup. Running for mayor of the city in every election but never winning, Maniglia’s biggest campaign promise is to have a giant public swimming pool built in the center of Bologna, which can get very hot in summer. Who knows? If you go to Bologna next summer you might just be surprised at how ‘cool’ this old city has become!
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