The capital city of Emilia-Romagna is also the closest largest town easily reachable from the University Residential Center of Bertinoro.
The city is small enough to get around easily on foot, it is rich of great shopping and culture, and offers what some claim to be the best food in Italy.
Bologna is known in Italy as "La Dotta, La Rossa, La Grassa", which translates as "the educated, the red, the fat". "Educated" is for the city’s university, the oldest in Europe and home to such intellectual personalities as the novelist Umberto Eco. "Red" refers both to the red bricks that most of Bologna’s historic buildings and porticoes are made of, and to the city’s history of leftist politics. And "fat", of course, is for Bologna’s culinary history, based on creamy pasta sauces and rich meat dishes.
Bologna’s historic centre has been beautifully maintained, its original Roman street plan still visible today.
The best way to explore the city is on foot or by bicycle, taking the time to admire and savour the surroundings.