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Women in the shade of the Two Towers

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Women in the shade of the Two Towers

The lives of many women are interwoven with the history of the city. All of their lives are linked by a common thread: passion. Passion for art, for knowledge, for fame, for a man, for justice or freedom. Here are some of their stories

Magic Bologna

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Magic Bologna

The most mysterious side of Bologna unveils along its alleys through the secret stories of alchemists, astrologers, witches and heretics who are the custodians of an ancient and forgotten culture

Bologna and the Cinema

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Bologna and the Cinema

The film which launches Bologna as an architectural set at a national level is Hanno rubato un tram (They stole a tram) (1954)

Bologna City of Music

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Bologna City of Music

Bologna has such a rich musical tradition that it was named Unesco creative city of music

Archaeology

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Archaeology

Many traces of the ancient Bologna speak of the city's history through the centuries

Contemporary Architecture in Bologna

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Contemporary Architecture in Bologna

The respectful dialogue between Ancient and New can be perceived throughout the entire urban fabric of Bologna, as it is enriched by important works of contemporary architecture

Walking in the "T" area: Via Ugo Bassi

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Walking in the "T" area: Via Ugo Bassi

The T Days are a unique chance to rediscover and appreciate for the first time the specificity of an important part of the historical center of Bologna, the streets of the "T" area totally restricted to the traffic on the weekends and on public holidays

Marconi itinerary in Bologna and surroundings

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Marconi itinerary in Bologna and surroundings

Sites and places related to the Bolognese scientist Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless communication in 1895 and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1909

Discover the Etruscans

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Discover the Etruscans

To discover these roots of ancient Bologna, the Etruscan city in the Po Valley, you need to search deeply, especially in the museums of the city and of the province

Valle del Limentra

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Valle del Limentra

This itinerary winds through a fascinating portion of the Apennines along the dividing line between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany: sacred and secular architecture, natural beauty, charming villages adorned with the handiwork of Comacine master stonemasons

City gates

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City gates

Parts of the “third wall”, which was built at the beginning of the 13th century and demolished at the beginning of the 20th century, is visible through the ten gates

The geology of Bologna

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The geology of Bologna

“La creta, la selenite e l'arenaria / Di qui nasce il colore di Bologna / Nei tramonti brucia torri e aria […]”
“Clay, selenite and sandstone / The colour of Bologna comes from that / Towers and the air burn in the sunset […]”  Roberto Roversi


The porticoes of Bologna

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The porticoes of Bologna

The porticoes, nominated as Unesco “world heritage site”, make the city of Bologna unique in the world

The Reno Valley

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The Reno Valley

Most of this itinerary runs along the Reno River. This waterway starts in the foothills of the Apennines and rolls through the valley before reaching Bologna

The British side of Bologna

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The British side of Bologna

Attracted by the antique charm, the English have come to Italy since the crusades. Bologna, a university and music town, continued to have visitors even during the XVIth century, after the split between the Catholic and the Anglican church. In the XVIIIth and XIXth century they are fascinated by the artistic and natural beauties and by the cuisine of the city

The former Jewish ghetto

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The former Jewish ghetto

The layout of Bologna's 16th century ghetto can still be precisely traced amid the narrow streets in the medieval heart of the city. Here, a maze of alleys, covered bridges and small windows tell the story of a whole community forced to live in a specific area of the town by order of the Papal State beginning from 1556

Bologna and its "scattered" University

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Bologna and its "scattered" University

Avidly visited by the Romantic writers and celebrated for the arts and culinary excellence, Bologna is animated by a cosmopolitan culture that is enriched by the presence of the University

Bologna towers tour

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Bologna towers tour

Of the approximately 100 towers built in Bologna around the twelfth century now there are 24, which have an unmistakable presence in the city

Bononia the Roman city

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Bononia the Roman city

Best known for its past connected to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Bologna still shows, in the old town, some remains dating back to the Roman age

Mathematical Bologna

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Mathematical Bologna

Like the chapters of a math handbook, the buildings of the historic city centre trace geometrical shapes, hide calculations and tell stories of special characters

 New Year at the Museum

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New Year at the Museum

New Year's Day dedicated to art due to the special opening of some exhibitions and museums in the city.

Discover Bologna with Mum and Dad

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Discover Bologna with Mum and Dad

A walk through children’s favourite museums and new corners, to be discovered. A city that knows how to involve also children, protagonists of events and initiatives like the world-famous Zecchino d’Oro music contest

Bologna’s amorous side

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Bologna’s amorous side

Looking for ideas of how to treat that special person in your life? Look no further. Bologna has plenty of offers and ideas for making your holiday extra special. 

Check out the most romantic things to do in the city!

The city of records

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The city of records

In its century-old history Bologna has recorded a series of records which depict it as a city extraordinarily advanced, innovative and rich in culture, societal development, law, economics and politics.

The squares of Bologna

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The squares of Bologna

Squares have always been places for meetings and clashes, a natural stage for events, extremely versatile and ever changing over time, always in the heart of the city life.