"Where is Bologna?" This is a typical question foreigners ask me after I tell them where I come from.
Bologna seems to exist only as an obstacle between Firenze (Florence) and Venezia (Venice). The signal "Bologna" passes by quickly in front of travellers eyes on a train journey to Venezia. And they rarely stop.
But Bologna is a warm and living city. It is the city of thousands towers, of lively squares, of culture, tradition and great food specialities.
You need time and curiosity to undercover the several layers of the city composed of 400.000 "Bolognesi", its inhabitants, the students and the academic army, the immigrants and the old workers cycling through the town.
Bologna shakes slowly during the day. Maybe because of its medieval and ancient traditions. Maybe because Bolognesi like to enjoy their life every minute of the day or because porticos on rainy and sunny days are so welcoming that you do not need to rush back home. The slow rythm of the town is contagious.
Some of the most famous and important products of Italy are produced in Bologna or next to it. Parmigiano Reggiano, aceto balsamico tradizionale di Modena, prosciutto di Parma, culatello, mortadella, tortellini, lasagne are just few examples.
So, if you still wonder where is Bologna, you definitely have to come.