Bologna (Italy)

Bologna is situated in Italy's Po Valley, and is the capital city of the northern Italian Province of Emilia-Romagna. Bologna is also known as "La Dotta" (the learned one) in reference to its ancient university, "La Rossa" (the red one) in reference to the red colour of its terracotta bricks and the fact that for many years it had a communist city council, "La Grassa" (the fat one) in reference to it being the epicenter of Italian agriculture and the fact that tortellini and tagliatelle were invented in Bologna and the City of the 3 T's (T for towers, T for tortellini and T for tits).

Guglielmo Marconi International Airport

Bologna is served by the Guglielmo Marconi International Airport. BA (British Airways) operates flights from London Gatwick Airport, and Ryanair ofrom London Stansted Airport to to Guglielmo Marconi International Airport.

Bologna Centrale Railway Station

Bologna Centrale Railway Station suffered a terrorist attack on 2 Aug 1980, when a suitcase bomb with 20kg of TNT exploded and killed 85 people. To remember the victims, the crack in the wall and the original paving were left intact, and the main clock was left stuck at the time of the attack. One of the many conspiracy theories links the attack to the Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 disaster (which exploded whilst on its way from Bologna to Palermo).

Museum for the Memory of Ustica

On 27 Jun 2007 the Museum for the Memory of Ustica was opened, which displays parts of the plane from the Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 disaster, as well as items belonging to the victims.

University of Bologna

Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna is one of the oldest in the Western World.

Sister cities of Bologna



La Plata



(Czech Republic)


San Carlos



(Bosnia & Herzegovina)



Blog posts about Bologna

25 May 2009
Bologna passion

Having travelled from Rome past Florence to Bologna Centrale railway station, Nina explored the city by foot (distances are child's play there compared to Rome). She took many photos, and highlighted Bologna's tilting towers (due to the seismic activity in the area). However, her top experience was eating pasta to the strains of opera whilst enjoying the friendliness of Emanuele, the owner of the Drogheria della Rosa, a restaurant in Bologna.

scene from a Bologna street (Italy)



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