CUISINE, CULTURE, HISTORY, POSITION:

that’s why Bologna! A wonderful city, vibrant, welcoming, full of flavors, smells and colors. Its arcades have been nominated as a Unesco site; in the year 2000 was European Capital of Culture; in 2006 was Creative City of Music by Unesco. Its gastronomic tradition is famous all over the world.

Bologna  “la Dotta” (The Savant),
Bologna  “la Grassa” (the Fat),
Bologna  “la Rossa” (The Red):

culture, food and Medieval Architecture. In the most strategic position of the north-central Italy.
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42 KILOMETERS OF "PORTICOES"

Try to find another city in the world where, in case of rain, you could walk for 42 km without be completely wet!

Visit Bologna is truly a unique experience if you choose to explore its streets through the path marked by the arcades finding out all the different types of arcades: the wood made near Casa Isolani in Strada Maggiore, the elegance of Santa Maria dei Servi or the tinest arcades of Via Senzanome, or take a trip to San Luca Basilica and enjoy these wonderful roads.

THE TOWERS AND THE MEDIEVAL ARCHITECTURE

Bologna is the turreted city. This route will immerse you into medieval Bologna as you pass the Two Towers, as described by Dante. Of the approximately 100 towers built in Bologna around the twelfth century now there are 24, which have an unmistakable presence in the city and offer incredible, breathtaking views of the city.

THE FAMOUS GASTRONOMIC TRADITION

When you hear about Bolognese cuisine, take a bow because it deserves it”. To weave this enthusiastic praise of bolognese food is the great Pellegrino Artusi, in his famous gastronomic Treaty released at the end of the 800. In his lucky Cookbook he reserved large space to the culinary tradition of Bologna, indicated to the attention of the whole Italy. The traditional local specialty stores are the perfect example of bolognese hedonism, with meats and cheeses of all kinds, but rigorously crafted to satisfy the most demanding palates. Not to mention the “tortellini”, a filled and pulled by hand egg pasta with a characteristic navel shape.

The so called "Little Venice"

For many centuries, the water represented the main source of energy for manufacturing and commercial activities, especially mills for the production of silk (their models can be seen in the Museo del Patrimonio Industriale – Museum of the Industrial Heritage). So, it is not surprising that the Fountain of Neptun is the symbol of the city of Bologna.
Only some toponyms remain from a dense network of the old hydraulic system. All water canals were buried underground, but someone are not. You can easily visit this characteristic area of the city, called “Little Venice” , by foot, because Bijou House Bologna is just… there!

The former Jewis "ghetto"

The layout of Bologna’s 16th century “ghetto” can still be precisely traced amid the narrow streets in the medieval heart of the city. Here, a maze of alleys, covered bridges and small windows tell the story of a whole community forced to live in a specific area of the town by order of the Papal State beginning from 1556. The Bijou House is around the corner of the “ghetto”. The “ghetto” is undoubtedly one of the most charming areas in town enlivened with artisan workshops and encircled by palaces, which belonged to rich Jewish merchants and bankers.

The strategic position of Bologna

Bologna is the perfect location to visit the main cities of the north-centre Italy:
Florence is 35 minutes by High Speed Train;
Modena 20 minutes;
Ferrara 30 minutes;
Ravenna 1 hour and 15 minutes;
Venice  1 hour and 25 minutes;
Milan 1 hour, to mention only the main destinations around.