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City Stats:

Population: 382,460
Population of Urban Area: 1,000,000
Number of Hotels on This Site: 121
Size: 54.3 square miles
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Key Tourist Sights:

The Basilica di San Petronio is a huge church that remains unfinished. It is one of the most important attractions in Bologna and when you visit you will be able to enjoy a range of impressive features and a museum.

Le Due Torrie are two towers, the only ones to remain of the many towers which used to be built onto palaces in the city. They are both leaning quite significantly, and you can climb the taller tower to enjoy some excellent views.

In the Oratorio Santa Maria della Vita you will find a spectacular fresco ceiling, underneath which benches are set out so that you can lie down to fully appreciate it.

The Basilica San Dominico is the place where Saint Dominic died. His marble tomb was carved by artists including none other than Michelangelo.

For a fantastic collection of Middle Ages art, head to Museo Civico Medioevale. Another impressive art collection can be found at Pinacoteca Nazionale where you will find work by Raphael and Giotto.

Best Known For:

Bologna is famous for being home to the oldest university in the world. The university here was founded in 1088, and it continues to be a popular place of learning, attracting thousands of students each year.

In 2000 the city became the European Capital of Culture, and six years later UNESCO designated it a 'city of music' so that it became the first Italian city to achieve the status.

One of the most famous luxury car manufacturers, Maserati, was founded in Bologna in 1914, although the headquarters are now based in Modena.

Bologna is also known for its excellent cuisine, and it is especially known as the place where Bolognese sauce originated.


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