Why Bologna

Why Bologna and Emilia Romagna

Bologna and the Emilia Romagna region: places with a rich art and history heritage, also characterized by a genuine atmosphere, untouched by the side-effects of mass tourism, and famous for their joie de vivre and culinary specialties.

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Bologna is the centre of our activity as guides. The city is now regaining, at last,  recognition as a cultural destination, as it was for travellers on the Grand Tour since the 18th century.
Bologna is called “The Learned City”. This refers to its supremacy in having the oldest University in Europe, founded at the end of the 11th century. The historical seats of the “Studium” are an amazing blend of history, art and science.

Bologna’s architecture is characterized by a “record” feature: about 40 Km of porticoes (no other town in the world has as many!) that give to the city a very special and intimate atmosphere. Unusually numerous are also the medieval towers: among them, the famous “Two Towers”, are like skyscrapers 900 years old.

The history of art in Bologna has important names: from Vitale da Bologna, the Carracci, Guido Reni, Guercino, up to modernity and Giorgio Morandi; the city’s art heritage is also enriched by works of Raffaello, Parmigianino, Nicola Pisano, Nicolò dell’Arca, Jacopo della Quercia, Michelangelo, Giambologna.

We shouldn’t forget then one of the most appreciated aspects of Bologna and Emilia Romagna identity: food. A tour of the “Quadrilatero”, the food market in the heart of Bologna, is an inviting introduction to the local and regional specialties, that we can enhance with the visit of hand made tortellini and tagliatelle workshops, and, in the region, to dairy firms, balsamic vinegar producers, wineries.

Emilia Romagna is also famous for its motor brands: Lamborghini, Ducati, Ferrari, Maserati are all located in the area between Bologna e Modena. The museums of these motors’ glories are a show of creativity and innovation.

Thanks to its location – right in between Venice and Florence - and excellent transport connections it is as easy to reach Bologna as it is to start from here to visit with us the other cities of the region, each one with  its own personality and history heritage: Ravenna and its world famous early Christian and Byzantine mosaics; Ferrara, Renaissance centre with the Este Dynasty; Modena, from its medieval monuments to the Ferrari car; Parma, its great artists (Correggio; Parmigianino), music tradition and food delights.

If you choose to explore with us Bologna and also the region’s other “gems” you will benefit of the same guide, and of an understanding of the history of the different cities within a broader perspective.

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Le Guide d'Arte

Association of Licensed Tourist Guides of Bologna and the Emilia Romagna region.

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