our city Bologna

Situated in the centre of Italy, the city of Bologna has always been a cultural and economic centre.
Since it was founded, it has kept developing: from the classical Roman "urbis", conceptually linked to the nucleus called "castrum", it has developed, in three different stages (from the 4th to the 14th century), into a polygonal structure converging into the centre, known as "the star".

The history of Bologna over the centuries has seen its people defending their city from many enemies; the city walls from three different periods act as a reminder of the importance of the defensive system for survival and more than 100 towers - among which are the famous "Garisenda" and "Asinelli" - show that even the most powerful families liked displaying their status also through defensive buildings (12th to 13th century).

The porticos, built since the first years of the 2nd Millennium, run along the city for more than 50Km and today they allow visitors to walk around without the need for umbrellas even under severe weather conditions.
The setting and the history provide the city with warm colours; the difficulty of bringing marble from Tuscany due to the Appennines has encouraged the use of terracotta as a key building material, which creates a unique and warm environment.
Bologna, a city full of history, has always undergone changes.
Thanks to the influx of people of different cultures, our city has been involved in a spontaneous cultural evolution which has resulted in the development of one of the oldest and most famous Universities in Europe; Bologna University has entered the new Millennium celebrating its 900th anniversary.

The university environment has encouraged over the centuries a life style characterised by fun and practical jokes: you can still find it nowadays every evening in the typical "Osterie" (Inns), 150 of which have developed since 1294.
Despite the various cultures, famous local traditions have been maintained: among them, cooking and music have become real symbols of Bologna life.