Bologna and Emilia Romagna, Italy
"Where is Bologna?" Until some time ago this was a typical question foreigners asked me after I told them where I come from. Bologna seemed to exist only as a place of transit between Firenze (Florence) and Venezia (Venice). The signal "Bologna" passed by quickly in front of travellers eyes on a train journey to Venezia. And they rarely stopped.
Now many more people have discovered it and have started to travel here. Bologna is now well known because it is the food paradise of Italy. But when travelers come here they enjoy the city not only for its great food specialties but also for its charme. Because Bologna is a warm and living city, it is the city of thousands towers, of lively squares, of culture and tradition. Strolling around the medieval center and its narrow roads -full of beautiful cafes and little shops showing local and mouthwatering delicacies- becomes a pleasure for anybody who comes here.
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 food products of Italy are produced in Emilia Romagna. 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.
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