Though Bologna may not be among the most sought after destinations for visitors who arrive in the Bel Paese in search of history, art and tradition, those who do choose to come here never tire of appreciating her streets and monuments and paying homage to her often hidden beauty.
Bologna La Dotta (Bologna the Learned) is Italy’s most popular college town. If you want to spend your free time learning about a particular topic, you can turn to the dozens of libraries, research institutes and museums. With about 400,000 inhabitants, Bologna is the ideal size: small enough to project a friendly and intimate character and large enough to support a rich cultural life. With over 80,000 students attending the University of Bologna each year, the academic and social life for students is rich in variety and opportunity. The city has never become a major tourist center and, consequently, maintains a distinctive Italian character. Because of its position at the foot of the Apennines in the broad plain of Emilia, Bologna has always served, since its Roman establishment, as a major crossroads. Today it serves as a primary railway hub, providing easy access to Florence, Venice, Milan and Rome.