(chiesa) Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi.
Iniziata a partire dal 1345, fu ingrandita nel 1383 da Andrea da Faenza. Il portico laterale è attribuito ad Antonio di Vincenzo (1392 c.).


Bologna, the Città Rossa, is red tiled roofs, red bricks, and red-washed stucco palazzos that line narrow streets radiating around a picturesque historic center. With its twelfth century towers, piazzas, and more than twenty-five miles of porticoes, a walk in Bologna is an opportunity to feel immersed in the past, while enjoying the charm of a modern city. Perhaps ‘red’ refers to the history of the city as a bastion of Italian-style Communism as well!

Bologna, the La Dotta is home of the Alma Mater Studiorum, the University of Bologna, the first university of the Western World, established in the year 1088 and an important thread in the city’s history since. The porticoes, the mercantile spirit, the international nature of the city find root in that important past.

Then there is Bologna La Grassa, the Fat City, for which she has always been famous. Just a list of the noted dishes explains it well: a mound of freshly made tagliatelle topped with meaty ragù Bolognese and plenty of grated Parmesan cheese; tortellini floating in their savory meat broth; thinly sliced, satiny smooth Mortadella Bolognese; and fresh and aged cheeses too numerous to name.

Discover the treasures of a truly remarkable city—Bologna: La Rossa, La Dotta, La Grassa.

Mary Tolaro Noyes


The American writer and Bologna enthusiast Mary Tolaro Noyes likes to say she has been seduced – unexpectedly – by Bologna. She published two books about the city, “Bologna Reflections – An Uncommon Guide” (2009) and “Gathering Chestnuts – Encounters Along the Way” (2013).

BOLOGNA REFLECTIONS: AN UNCOMMON GUIDE provides the visitor to Bologna with a different approach to encountering a remarkable city. The walking itineraries explore its historical and artististic heritage and point out hidden treasures not often found in traditional guidebooks. The tourist and the armchair traveler alike visit Bologna through the stories that reveal the heart and soul of the Bolognese people, who become the real guides to their city and past. Original drawings and art invoke Bologna’s medieval past and celebrate her modern charm, as the visitor meanders in the unknown corners of a seductive city. Practical information, including maps of relevant neighborhoods, assists the traveler in planning the visit and experiencing the city during the sojourn.

Bolonha è una boa escolha para conhecer a Itàlia um pouco melhor

São muitos os motivo. A cidade tem um dos centros histàricos melhor preservados do mundo mas, ao mesmo tempo, è una cidade cheia de vida. Nos sens belos pòrticos, ruas e praces hà muito comércio,bares, restaurantes etc.
As pessoas são simpàtìcas e, embora haja muitos turistas, tem-se a impressão de estar entre italianos. As principais artérias da cidade ficam sem tràfego automòvel entre as 8h de sàbado e as 22h de domingo, o que fai uma agradàvel surpresa. Bolonha tem uma localizacão privilegiada pois acede-se sem dificuldade a cidades como Ferrara e Ravenna, Modena e Parma, Rimini, Mantova, San Marino e Verona. Um pouco mais longe, mas ainda acessìveio, estão Milão, Bergamo, os lagos e Venezia. Bolonha faz aumentar o interesse em conehecer melhor o Itàlia.

Maria Fernanda Alegrìa

Choosing to live in Bologna has been a most fortunate decision for me…

Choosing to live in Bologna has been a most fortunate decision for me, and I’ve found amazing experiences in every sense. I can smell the fresh pizza coming out of the wood fire oven as I walk down Strada Maggiore; I can hear the street performers singing magically down Via Rizzoli; I can taste the elegant flavors in Bologna’s traditional lasagna as I feel the dry sangiovese red wine warm my belly, accompanying the cuisine exquisitely; but most of all, I can see the beauty in Bologna for all of its enchanted culture, rich diversity and lively routines.

Emilia-Romagna is a region like no other. The city-center of Bologna is small enough to walk between any two places in under 30 minutes but also large enough that there is always a new bar or pizzeria to explore. The cultural immersion I’ve experienced while here has been indescribable. The people are genuine, kind, and more than willing to answer all sorts of questions, pleased to share their wealth of knowledge of the region with everyone who would like to know! I am blessed to live in the center of one of the most diverse cities I’ve ever visited, mingling with students from all over the world and working with Italian families who show me the true meaning of the word famiglia. Living here is an experience I wouldn’t ever give up, not even for all the gelato in the world!

Katelin Geissberger

Bologna through Fumie’s eyes

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Bologna. Via Saragozza. Il portico più lungo del mondo che collega Porta Saragozza al Santuario della Madonna di San Luca. Costruito negli anni che vanno dal 1674 al 1739, è lungo circa 3,75 km ed è costituito da 666 archi. Jogging, attività fisica.













Fumie Yoshida