The call it the Learned, because it is home to one of Italy’s oldest universities; the Red, due to the medieval colour of its roofs, still bright today; the Fat, because cuisine is not just a tradition here, but a real cult.
Bologna is like an old friend, with many nicknames. And just like when you visit a friend, you immediately feel welcomed, regardless of whether you are Bolognese, a faithful tourist or a first-time guest.
This could be down to its ancient porticos, almost 40 kilometres of archways under which Bolognese life plays out, positioned so as to protect pedestrians from the sun and rain. It could also be thanks to its friendly inhabitants and the large squares that feel like home because, as singer Lucio Dalla put it, "I don’t have a real family and my home is Piazza Grande".
Bologna is not just about the atmosphere though. It is, above all, about excellence. The artistic, echoed in its churches, or the culinary, with its small-scale producers, trattorias and wine cellars nestled in the Bolognese hills. Then there’s the high-speed excellence on two wheels, in a "land of engines" of which Bologna is proud to be part.
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