Bologna is s city of students, delicious food, red roofs and old houses that for many years have been attracting attention even of the most famous architects. The patron of Bologna is Saint Petronius who helped the city to become independent in the 1390.
The best of Bologna in only 2 minutes
We would like to invite you to see this eye catching video about Bologna that, hopefully, will let you look at this inspiring city with from a local’s point of view.
You will also find some interesting facts about Bologna below. Enjoy!
Interesting facts about Bologna
The most well-known symbol of Bologna are the Two Towers: Asinelli and Garisenda. During the Second World War when the city was bombed many volunteers climbed the 498 stairs of the Asinelli tower risking their lives to use the tower as an observation point
The two #towers, both of them leaning, are the #symbol of #Bologna. Their names, Asinelli on the right and Garisenda on the left, derive from the #families which are traditionally credited for their construction between 1109 and 1119. During the #60s #architect Yamasaki used the towers as #inspiration for his #work in the #worldtradecenter.
Bologna is often called a “fat city” and it’s not as offensive as it may seem. The fact is that Bologna is the food hub of Italy. The most typical creation of Bolognian chiefs is definitely the Bolognese sauce. But it’s far not the only dish to add in your “to try” list if you happen to come to Bologna. We also recommend you Tortellini in brodo (meat tortellini in a broth), Tagliatelle al ragu (pasta with meat sauce), Mortadella (Pink sausage usually served inside sandwiches or as a starter before the main dish)
Bologna is a very comfortable place to move around on foot. Firstly, because of the famous arcades (“portici” in Italian) – pedestrian walking areas integrated into each building. What is more during the weekends the main central streets become pedestrian which makes it even easier to walk around the downtown without having to take a bus or a taxi.
The San Luca’s #portico in #Bologna has 666 #arches and 15 #chapels, it’s 3,796 km long from the #city to the #top of the #hill where the #Sanctuary is placed upon. It is the longest portico in the #world. Una foto pubblicata da Italian Good News (@italiangoodnews) in data:
Another adjective to apply to Bologna is “wise”. The reason is that the oldest European University, founded in 1088, is located here. The University of Bologna has Dante, Petrarch, Copernicus and many other famous names among its graduates.
The city authorities are very attentive to the cleanness of Bologna. Actually some time ago there even was a law according to which a person who “spoils the fountain water” by simply washing hands there would be sentenced to whipping.