Bologna city life
Having one of the largest historical centres in Italy, Bologna is a great spot for culture and arts, and you will continually marvel at the beautiful buildings, towers, churches and monuments, some of them preserved from the Middle Ages.
Main landmarks of Bologna include:
- Piazza Maggiore – includes San Petronio Basilica and the City Hall
- The Portico di San Luca – makes the connection between Porta Saragozza (one of the twelve gates of the ancient walls built in the Middle Ages) and the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca
- Due Torri
- Archaeological Museum
- Gallery of Modern Art of Bologna
- The University Museums (includes a number of small museums)
- Fountain of Neptune
Whenever you feel the need to see a play, go to Teatro Comunale and if you want to relax, check out the lovely parks: Giardini Margherita (Margherita Gardens), Parco Montagnola and others.
Whoever is passionate about cars or motorcycles, will surely want to visit the annual Motor Show Bologna and admire famous brands of Italy, at the Lamborghini Museum and the Ducati Museum.
Bologna is also famous for the tasty cuisine; try some of the local dishes, like tagliatelle with ragù, lasagne, tortellini served in broth, mortadella, and the original Bologna sausage.
From Bologna, you can visit so many beautiful cities in Italy: Firenze (Florence) is only around 30 minutes away by train and Rome, Milano, Venice and Genoa are all around one hour and a half – two hours away.
International atmosphere in Bologna
Due to its reputed university, Bologna counts thousands of international students, coming not only from all over Europe, but from U.S. and Asia as well.
Foreign-born residents include Romanians, Albanians and Asians (mostly Filipinos and Bangladeshi people).
You will also see branches of several multinational companies in Bologna.
In Bologna, winters are rather cold, and summers are hot and muggy. Snow and heavy snowfalls are common in the winter, with low temperatures of around -10 °C (14 °F). The average high temperatures during the summer range around 29 – 30 °C (85 – 87 °F). Most rainfalls occur in spring and autumn.