87 Hotels in Bologna, Italy
Bologna is the capital of Emilia Romagna region, set in the heart of the Padana Plain between the Rhine and Savena rivers. The town is an important node of communications in northern Italy and it is home to numerous mechanical and food industries. But Bologna is mainly a prestigious city of art, with its picturesque old town, one of the best preserved of Europe. At indisputable artistic beautys is complemented the extraordinary food of this region, with products known and appreciated throughout the world.
This area of Emilia Romagna was inhabited as early as the ninth century b.C, but were Etruscans to found the first town with the name of Felsina. The period of maximum brightness was reached in the thirteenth century when Bologna was the fifth European city by number of inhabitants and the largest textile industrial center of Italy. In 1088 here was founded the first university of Western Europe, which earned the city the nickname of "scholarly". The historical center, full of magnificent palaces and churches, bear witness of the cultural importance that Bologna has had throughout the centuries.
In fact there isn't a monument which rappresents the symbol of the city, but the old town is certainly one of the most characteristic of Italy. In almost all ways there are the typical arcades, built in wood or brick red, which has always been a place of meeting and socializing for the citizens. But Bologna is also the city of towers, today only seventeen, but that once were almost two hundred. The most important is the Torre degli Asinelli, built in the twelfth century by order of the family of the same name, which has the peculiarity of hang over 2 meters. On its peak you can have an overview of the entire city.
The heart of Bologna is Piazza Maggiore, on which overlooks the imposing Basilica of San Petronio, built between the fourteenth and the seventeenth century. The facade of the church has a upper part made on wood and a lower on marble. The inside, in gothic style, houses 22 chapels with precious works of art. Opposite lies the Palazzo del Podestà, dominated by the tower dell'Arengo, where it held the public office of the city. In addition to his magnificient artistic and cultural heritage, Bologna also boasts a modern Exibition Center, which hosts many international events.
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Longitude:11° 68' 0'' E (11.342778)