If you are interested in getting to know one of the most fascinating cultural-historical cities in Italy, then you must visit Bologna.
Its porticos, whose origin dates back to the 11th century if not earlier, are considered to all intents and purposes an integral part of the artistic-cultural heritage both nationally and worldwide.
In addition to the characteristic porticos, Bologna also has countless palaces and villas, demonstrating the importance attached to the center throughout history.
But the city is not limited to this. In fact, it is also possible to visit several parks and gardens in the Bologna area, for a pleasant moment of meditation or more simply tranquility, far from the hectic pace of the city.
If you are in Bologna, make sure your bucket list includes a visit to the most significant cultural and historical monuments in the Bologna area. Imbued and charged with its own artistic and identity value, Bologna is the perfect place for all those who wish to immerse themselves in the history of an urban center with a centuries-old tradition, starting with its architectural structures and ending with the typical dishes and products of the local culinary and wine tradition. Just to give an example, who does not know the city of Bologna's renowned sauce, ragù alla Bolognese?
Departing from the metropolis of Bologna, you have the chance of visiting other magnificent cities such as Modena, which is about twenty minutes by train from Bologna, and Ferrara, which can also be reached relatively quickly from the capital of Romagna.
Bologna was the site of the world's first university, the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, whose origins date back to the 11th century.
Besides being home to the oldest university in the world, Bologna also boasts the unique architectural design of the Basilica di Santo Stefano. This is because the Basilica actually represents the complex of seven churches, whose constructions date back to very different eras. It is assumed that the Basilica was erected on the ruins of a pre-existing pagan temple, but a veil of mystery still hovers around its origin.