Living in Bologna
Bologna is an important agricultural, industrial, financial and transport hub, where many large mechanical, electronic and food companies have their headquarters as well as one of the largest permanent trade fairs in Europe.
Situated between the Po Plain and the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, the city of Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region and the seventh-largest city of Italy. Famous for having the oldest existing university in the world (founded in 1088), hence the nickname “the learned one” (la dotta), Bologna still hosts thousands of students contributing to the rich cultural and social life Bologna offers. The beautiful historical centre of Bologna is characterized by long porticos and towers and is remarkably well-preserved.
Another nickname that Bologna has acquired over the centuries is “the fat one” (la grassa) and refers to its rich cuisine. Its culinary tradition includes the famous Bolognese sauce, or for Italians ragù, traditionally served with Tagliatelle. Also, lasagne, mortadella, and tortellini served in broth are among the local specialties you can enjoy in the many restaurants and osterias found in Bologna. No wonder Bologna was ranked 1st out of 107 Italian cities in terms of quality of life in 2011!
Easy to reach
Bologna is ideally situated for those who are interested in exploring some of the most important cultural and historical cities in Italy such as Florence (less than an hour by train) and Venice (one hour and 30 minutes). Other places in the area, such as Verona, Ferrara, Padua, or Ravenna, are also definitely worth a visit.
The following websites provide useful information for getting started and finding your way around Bologna: