Bologna Tourism

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Bologna tourism is less talked and written about than that of Florence or Venice. Although Americans typically spend extended periods of time in the aforementioned cities, they barely even stop by Bologna for a cappuccino as they make their way between the two excursionist meccas. As a result, Bologna tourism is often overlooked by day-trippers.

This is a shame, because Bologna is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in all of Italy. Architecturally unified, the city glows with medieval brick and red tiled roofs. The squares and plazas filled with monuments created by Renaissance master sculptors are breathtaking, and there are easily more than enough curiosities to occupy several days of leisurely exploration.

Bologna Tourism: "La Grassa"

And the food! If the rest of the world hasn't discovered Bologna tourism yet, rest assured serious gourmets and fellow Italians certainly have. Bologna is considered to have the greatest food in all of Italy. Eating and drinking is the cornerstone of local life and they take their culinary arts very seriously. Even the most humble looking restaurant is likely to serve food better than you can find in "fine" restaurants anywhere else.

The atmosphere in Bologna is very stimulating and energized. Much of this energy is due to the university (established in the 11th century) that has a thriving student population. The students make up about a third of the total population, and majority attitudes here tend to be liberal and tolerant. Like other college towns, there are plenty of coffee houses, bars, restaurants and other "cool" places to hang out and watch the world go by.


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