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is a city with an ancient history. Its old town centre, classified by Unesco
as the largest in the world, conserves vestiges of the old Roman town, still
visible under Bologna busiest thoroughfares, as well as the remains of the
earliest circle of the medieval walls. Everywhere there are vaults, arches and
corbels dating from the 12 th through to the 19 th centuries.
The city of Bologna, with a population of approximately 500,000, is the capital of the region of Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy, approximately midway between Florence and Venice.
Bologna is the one of the most attractive and interesting cities in Italy. The old city includes the magnificent Piazza Maggiore, the cathedral, beautiful churches and palaces, museums, a wonderful marketplace, combined with the cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and discos frequented by the many thousands of students who attend the University.
Bologna offers easy access to the surrounding region of Emilia-Romagna and all of Northern and Central Italy. The city is the major rail center of North-Central Italy. Florence (1 hour), Milan (1˝ hours), Rome (2,5 hours) and Venice (1˝ hours) are easily accessible by trains that run virtually around the clock. In addition, the beach resorts at Rimini or Ravenna are 1-1˝ hours by train. Other European cities outside of Italy are accessible by train, from Paris to Wien.
The Emilia Romagna region
The Region of Emilia-Romagna, lying between the Po’s great course and the peaks of the Apennines, offers a great variety of landscapes, traditional cultures, and architecture: the Roman cities that run the length of the Via Emilia, the coast that descends from the Po Delta to the Marche, the ancient walled towns on the hills. Visit the official website of the Emilia-Romagna Region, rich of information in English about Adriatic coast, Appenines mountains, Cities of art. Bologna is the region’s capital but there are other small "capitals" of Emilia-Romagna. Imperial Ravenna, the restless Seigniories of Romagna, Faenza, "the little Athens among the untamed hill villages", Ferrara of the Este family, the cradle of culture and diplomacy, the dukedoms of Modena and Reggio, the Farnese and Bourbon courts in Parma and Piacenza.