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Bologna, the European Capital of Culture 2000, is a very lively city: in addition to the oldest university in Europe, numerous important historical and cultural sights and over 40 museums, there are numerous in the carefully restored old town (one of the largest in Italy) with its closed medieval cityscape Cafés, bars, discos, and student clubs that give the city a youthful flair - the 80,000 students, including numerous foreign Erasmus students, shape the image of the city.

Let yourself be inspired and experience the multifaceted culture and exciting worlds. You can find all tickets and information about the Bologna highlights right here on Citytixx. Make your city trip an unforgettable experience and let yourself be seduced by the Bologna flair.


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Bologna - the scholar, the red, the fat

Bologna is known by different names. It is called "La Dotta" (the scholar) because of the ancient university, of course, and "La Rossa" (the red one) because of the red brick houses in the old town. Another nickname is "La Grassa" (the fat) because people like to eat here and have plenty of food. Bologna is the home of tortellini. Another specialty of the city is the mortadella, a sausage specialty.

The two (leaning) towers in the "Piazza di Porta Ravegnana" are characteristic of Bologna. The taller of the two, "Torre degli Asinelli", is 97 m high and the lower tower, "Torre Garisenda", is only 48 m high. There used to be around 200 such towers in Bologna, and every noble family wanted to have one built for themselves, if possible higher than those of the city's competing clans.

Attractions in Bologna

The main square of Bologna, called Piazza Maggiore, is surrounded by the most important buildings of the medieval center, for example the stately basilica of San Petronio and the Palazzo di Banchi. The town hall is also located here, as is the Museuo Morandi in the same building. In the warm months, open-air cinema evenings take place in the piazza. From Piazza Maggio, a path also leads past Piazza del Nettuno with the mighty Neptune Fountain from the 16th century. It is popularly known as "Il Gigante".

The fifth largest church in the world, the Basilica di San Petronio is a Gothic masterpiece and one of the city's most significant historical landmarks. The interior of the church has colorful frescoes, high ceilings and stained-glass windows.

Museums and cultural institutions

The Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio is one of the main attractions of the city. In the 16th century this was the seat of the University of Bologna, today the building houses the city library. All the walls of the library halls and the corridors as well as the cloister in the inner courtyard are completely covered with colorful paintings and coats of arms of the students at the time. In one of the two lecture halls, the magnificent Stabat Mater Hall, the premiere of Rossini's piece of the same name took place in 1842.

The heart of the Archiginnasio, however, is the anatomy room, called Anatomico Archiginnasio, where medical students once followed the lectures. The hall, completely clad in wood, is equipped in the form of an amphitheater with many statues of famous doctors.


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The Teatro Comunale di Bologna is one of the traditional opera houses in Italy. Here one finds opera performances from the Italian repertoire at a high level, which are often cast by internationally recognized artists. There are also spectacular concerts all year round.

On Citytixx all dates and information are updated daily so that you do not miss any event highlights. Pure culture on your Bologna trip.

Relaxation and culinary delights in Bologna

The Quadrilatero is right next to Piazza Maggiore. In the small, lively district are the main shopping streets of the city as well as countless small, narrow streets with small shops and studios, as well as the elegant shopping center Galleria Cavour, which houses luxury boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada.

Numerous food stalls and excellent shopping opportunities can be found in the Mercato di Mezzo, Bologna's redesigned, modernized historical market. Here you can try fish, meat and fresh fruit and vegetables at numerous market stalls on three floors.

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