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Bologna is a multi-faceted metropolis with a rich academic and architectural heritage; home to the world’s oldest university and the revolutionary Bolognese sauce recipe, the proud inhabitants and political buzz of this unique city make it a refreshing and remarkable place to visit. In Bologna, the old and the new seamlessly merge in the graffiti ridden plazas, the classic galleries and elaborately decorated fine dining establishments. Immerse yourself in the thriving arts scene by visiting one of the esteemed galleries or ornate theatres which regularly host world class performances of opera and ballet.
Bologna’s fascinating mix of imperial majesty, metropolitan grittiness and Medieval magnificence makes it the ideal city to explore by foot. Amidst the historical myriad lie postured palaces such as the Palazzo Accursio and Palazzo del Protesta with their manicured facades and regal arches.
Exquisite ecclesiastical structures come in the form of the beautiful Basillica Santuario della Madonna, on its picturesque hilltop perch. This serene sanctuary is an arresting vision whose intriguing interior begs exploration.
In typical Italian style, the Bologna’s museums burst with intriguing information and arresting artefacts; within the medieval exterior of the Palazzo Comunale, a rich assortment of painting and sculpture dating back to the 13th century resides.
In the impressive Museo Civico Archeologico, the breadth of historical coverage is guaranteed to impress even the most discerning historian; Egyptian and Roman artefacts are among some of the most remarkable relics.
Famed for its thriving gastronomical scene, visitors are spoilt for choice when seeking fine dining establishments in Bologna. A restaurant renowned for its relaxed al fresco atmosphere and incredible cuisine is the family run Teresina; sample authentic Italian dishes such as freshly made pasta smothered in the eponymous Bolognese sauce while enjoying a glass of fine red wine upon the verdant outdoor terrace. (via Oberdan 4 40126 Bologna)