The city of Bologna, which is the capital of the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, is one of the country’s most important cities, especially under a cultural, artistic (and culinary) point of view. The seventh most populous city in Italy, Bologna is commonly known as “la dotta, la grassa, la rossa” (“the learned, the fat, the red”).
“Dotta” as it hosts the oldest university in the Western world (the Alma Mater Studiorum of Justinian’s Roman law, founded in 1088 AD by Irnerius legis doctor) as well as one of the most prestigious in Europe. As a consequence of its fame worldwide, Bologna’s city life is characterized by an intense dynamism due to the massive presence of students coming from every part of Italy and all five continents.
“Grassa” as the reputation of Bologna’s culinary specialties has been well known since the Middle Ages, and throughout history has distinguished itself for plenty of typical products that every human being should try at least once in a lifetime, such as delicious tortellini, ragù, lasagna, mortadella, crescentine, and much more.
“Rossa” as virtually everything is red here in Bologna, from the beautiful medieval buildings to the cutting-edge architectural projects that this enchanting city has to offer to its visitors.
The towers and the arcades make the Bolognese atmosphere unique, symbolizing a city that is proud of its past but looks straight into the future.