Bologna, the capital of the region Emilia-Romagna, is found in the Valley of the river Po at the foot of the Apennine mountains. This region is very interesting, especially in autumn, which is the season of the grape harvest. The best option is to rent a car at Bologna´s airport and enjoy the fields and fields full of vines that will be turned into the well known “Lambrusco” of Emilia-Romagna.
It is a city full of charm and culture. It was an importatn city for the Celts and the Etruscan, although it reached its highest in the Middle Ages, where it lived as a free city, with an intense economic, cultural and artistic activity. From this period of prosperity appeared most of its important monuments. In 1088 the first University in the western world was founded in Bolonia (Alma Mater Studorum). The emblematic porticos were born in this period, due to the growth in the population, specially the arrival of intelectuals and students drawn to the city by the University. Its nearly 40 km hug the Bolgnese city, unique in the world. The longest portico of the city starts in Porta Saragozza and finishes at the Monastery of San Luca.
Another simbol of the city is the two towers, one of them leaning. I advise you to go up and enjoy the views of the city. Legend says that if you don´t go to the top once you are graduated you will never finish your degree.
This city hides some secrets and legendso that you will be able to discover on your visit, I´ll give you a few clues.
La Finestrella. According to history, there were various navigable canals through the city, and Bolonia became known as “piccola Venezia”. During one of the urban developments of the city, most of them disappeared. But one survived and it still flows down a street of the city. Unfortunately it can´t be seen by all, but from an interior patio. And it can only be seen through a small “finestrella” (window).
- L´arco della voce. If walls could talk….. In Bologna the arches transport your voice, if yo tell a secret to the statue of the patron saint of the city, the statue of San Doménico who is opposite under the same arch also hears it. You have to face the wall to be able to hear the secret, as if punished….
Il sole in un buco. This secret can only be seen when the sun is at its highest (and only in the months from November to March). Just at the exact instant the sun starts to become smaller until it comes through a hole in the roof. And a golden line is shown on the floor marking the exact day on the longest meridien of the world. Find it in one of the churches of the city.