Discover Bologna

Bologna, capital of the Emilia Romagna region, is located in a strategic position in the heart of Italy, midway between Milan and Florence. The metropolitan area has an overall population of almost 1 million inhabitants; about 385,000 of them live within Bologna’s municipal boundaries. Bologna is one of the most important business centers in Northern Italy. It is the main rail and highway junction and has a fast-growing international airport. Its Trade Fair District is among the most important in Italy (almost 1 million visitors every year). Thanks to an ideal mix of excellence in culture and technology, the city offers a quality of life among the highest in Italy.


Every corner of the city is full of history. Its well–preserved historical centre is among the largest in Europe. The 35 kilometers of “Portici” (arcades) as well as the red bricks of its buildings and the medieval towers are the hallmark of this unique place.

A city of art and history

Bologna offers a rich and varied cultural scene. It was designated the European City of Culture of the year 2000 by the European Union and was named by UNESCO “Creative City for Music” in 2006. It boasts 40 Civic Museums and 1 National Gallery. The “Cineteca di Bologna” and the municipal film archives are world reference points for movie restoration and conservation. Bologna is also home to fine food and wine and offers a lively nightlife. The city center is full of restaurants and wine cellars, which often offer life music shows. Every year the City of Bologna promotes “Bologna Estate”, a summer cultural program lasting 3 months. Concerts, theatre plays, guided tours, projections, meetings and readings animate the squares, courtyards, cloisters and parks of the city centre and the suburbs to entertain citydwellers and visitors. The jewel of the summer program is “Sotto le stelle del cinema”, 50 nights of great cinema in original language served in the main square (Piazza Maggiore).