Bologna is a city with many souls: they are different from each other, but harmoniously balanced. Visiting this city – which has more than 2,000 years of history – is a journey between the past and the present.
Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the West; the university was founded in 1088 and still attracts students from all over the world. With its exhibitions and museums, Bologna is a lively place for art and culture. It is a cradle of good food and pleasant living, and its history is 1,000 years old. The city was founded by the Etruscans, populated by the Celts, occupied by the Romans, and subsequently grew, thanks to the spinning and exportation of silk.
A quiet, but bubbling place. Hard-working, but pleasure-loving as well. As a political centre, is it as vital now as it was in the past: Bologna was the first Italian city to abolish the slavery of serfs, in 1256, with its Liber Paradisus (Book of Paradise), the act with which the municipality freed almost 6,000 serfs.
Bologna has always been a crossroads of peoples and traditions: whether you are here for work, tourism or family reasons, it will be able to accommodate you and make you feel at home.
We have collected a few pieces of advice to help you plan your visit to Bologna: