Maybe it’s the colours of Bologna that make the most lasting impression. The matt colours of the façades in all possible tones of red, yellow and brown, and the colours of the bricks made from earth, sand and terracotta that occasionally shimmer algae green or violet. In the sunshine the city sparkles orange, in the winter haze it appears to be made of fossilised clay. Through the arcade flows the interplay from shadow and light. The arches lead the visitor through the city, at times in crouched medieval style through the nooks and crannies of the labyrinth of alleys, at others festive, tall and elegantly curved in a sheer endless row. Beneath the arches the visitor passes elegant boutiques and rich displays of culinary delights, bars with the enticing aroma of espresso and the grand gateways of the palaces where small gardens open up behind skilfully crafted wrought ironwork. Sometimes they are merely painted onto a courtyard wall because in the 17 and 18 century imaginary trompe l'oeil landscapes became fashionable in this narrow city. Europe’s oldest university, the time-honoured alma mater of the first medieval law school dating from 1088, has 10,000 students. The town honoured its lawgivers with elaborate tombs which can still be seen today in front of the basilicas San Domenico and Sand Francesco. In the evenings young people, among them many foreign Erasmus students, stroll through the streets and fill the pubs and wine bars.
- Guided tour in Bologna historical centre Daily from 1st April (except 25th and 26th December) - Piazza Maggiore, Bologna
From 1st April there is a new service for tourists: daily guided tours to discover every day the historical city centre of Bologna. The service is available in Italian and English and costs 13,00 € per person (free for children under 10). Find more information on www.bolognawelcome.com/en/
- Ducati Museum and Factory All the year long
The museum is located in the Ducati factory headquarters and exposes more than thirty very famous motorcycles. The visitor will also find the thematically organized rooms, prepared by the Curator of the Museum.The museum and Factory are open only upon reservation and the tours (in Italian and English) are free of charge.You can make your reservation on www.ducati.com or under +39 051 6413343
- The Ferrari Museum opened all year long
The Museum of the world-famous automobile company Ferrari is located in Maranello and lies about 55 Kilometers away from Bologna. The museum exhibition area covers five main Halls: The Competition Hall, the Cittadella and Formula Uomo Hall, the Victories Hall, the Grand Tour Hall and the Temporary Exhibition Hall. A visit to the Formula One Car Simulator is particularly worthwhile if you want to experience the thrill of the realistic Formula One driving sensation. The nearby store of the “Cavallino Rampante” (“the Rearing Horse”) is a “must-see” for all Ferrari true fans.More info on: http://museo.ferrari.com/