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Bologna is the capital of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, north of the Apennines mountain range. Around the town – which has around 375,000 inhabitants (2010) – it is a fertile plains. Bologna is often referred to by the nickname “La Dotta” (the law), since the university is one of Europe’s oldest (founded in 1119). Others call the city “La Grassa” (the fat) because of Bologna’s famous cuisine.
The original name was Felsina, and the city is mentioned as a Roman colony as early as 189 BC Kr.
The well-preserved historic urban environment is Bologna’s premier attraction. It is dominated by two large plazas (Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno), as well as several churches and palaces. In Piazza del Nettuno is the famous Neptune fountain from the mid 1500’s. In another of Bologna pitches, Piazza di Porta Ravenna, there are two leaning towers from the 1100s (Garisenda and Asinelli), which attracts tourists’ attention.
Buildings that are worth visiting are Palazzo Comunale (town hall) and the Palazzo del Podestà – both from the Middle Ages – in addition to some of the many magnificent churches. Among these, two are mentioned specifically: Cathedral San Pietro and the gothic San Petronio. The latter has a great gateway made by the sculptor Jacopo della Quercia. This church is also known that the pope crowned Charlemagne emperor 5 where in the year 1530.
The nearest airport is Bologna Airport, located approx. 6 km northwest of the city.