Bologna is the regional capital and main hub of Emilia-Romagna, a part of Italy known world-wide for its tasty food produce, some exceptionally good wines and fast cars. Situated within short distance along the same Via Emilia axis as Bologna are the towns of Parma, Modena, Reggio-Emilia, and on the Adriatic coast, the Rimini beaches and Ravenna, home to eight monuments on the World Heritage list. The slightly more famous renaissance city of Florence is only a 30-minute, southbound, high-speed train ride away, Milan about an hour to the north.
What Bologna may lack compared to some of the more illustrious Italian art-cities and dare we say, overcrowded tourist hot-spots, she more than makes up for simply by being herself; inviting and vibrant, always buzzing with a unique atmosphere. Where else do you find such an array of red, orange and rusty brown colours, lush and warm against deep, shadowy rhythms of massive portico columns and seemingly endless flights of arches. The variety of form and styles makes it all the more interesting to explore the town, street by street, under the porticoes….
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