Bologna

Bologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna, in the Po Valley of Northern Italy. Bologna is a lively and cosmopolitan Italian college city, with spectacular history, art, cuisine, music and culture. It is the seventh largest city in terms of population in Italy and it is the heart of a metropolitan area (officially recognized by the Italian government as a metropolitan city) of about 1 million inhabitants.

Bologna is home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088, and hosts thousands of students who enrich the social and cultural life of the city. Famous for its towers and lengthy porticoes, Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre (one of the largest in Italy) thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy which began at the end of the 1970s, on the heels of serious damage done by the urban demolition at the end of the 19th century as well as that caused by wars.

An important cultural and artistic center, its importance in terms of landmarks can be contributed to homogenous mixture of monuments and architectural examples (medieval towers, antique buildings, churches, the layout of its historical center) as well as works of art which are the result of a first class architectural and artistic history. Bologna is also an important crossroads of the roads and trains of Northern Italy, where many important mechanical, electronic and nutritional industries have their headquarters.

One of the oldest theaters in Europe is located in Bologna – Teatro Comunale di Bologna. While I walking around the University of Bologna, I noticed a group of middle-school aged kids waiting with someone who looked like a teacher. I walked to the teacher and ask if he spoke English, he did not but several of the students did speak English. They were waiting to take a tour of the theater. After speaking with the group, the teacher went to the office and made arrangements so that I could have a private tour of the theater. Free of charge. It was amazing. What an unbelievable moment. I couldn’t take photos, but the experience was beautiful!

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