Bologna

Bologna from the Latin Bononia, is in the Po Valley of Northern Italy. The city itself lies between the Po River and the Apennine Mountains and it is home to the oldest university in the western world, the University of Bologna, which was founded in 1088. Bologna is one of the most developed cities in Italy and is widely recognised for its architecture, especially its palette of terracotta reds, burnt oranges and warm yellows, hence the name of Bologna la rossa (Bologna the red).

The beautiful town centre, characterized by miles of attractive covered walkways known locally as "porticos", is one of the best-preserved in Europe. Bologna tourist attractions are centred around the town's main square, Piazza Maggiore, and the adjacent Piazza Nettuno, which is the home of the Fontana di Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune). Attractions include Basilica di San Petronio, the two towers of Bologna, which are two leaning structures (Torre Garisenda and Torre degli Asinelli), Palazzo Comunale, Tombe dei Glossatori (The Glossatori tombs), The Lamborghini Museum and the Pinacoteca Nazionale (art gallery) containing works by local artists and others, including Guido Reni, Raphael, Giotto, Titian and Perugino.

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