"Bologna รจ una strana signora, volgare matrona, Bologna bambina per bene, Bologna 'busona', Bologna ombelico di tutto ..." (Bologna is a strange lady, vulgar matron, is respectable girl, Bologna is the center of the world) ... thus the singer Francesco Guccini described his city in one of his songs.
In effects Bologna is a city from the thousand aspects. Walking through its streets you can certainly notice how modernity and tradition perfectly found . Walking around Piazza Maggiore, you can admire the ancient buildings of the city but at the same time to perceive the cultural ferment that grows in an open mind and tolerant city.
The Heart of the city is Piazza Maggiore, famous for the Neptune fountain surrounded from the most important buildings.
Behind the fountain it is possible to admire Palazzo Re Enzo, so called because King Enzo was held prisoner there for over 23 years.
Just a few meters from the splendid square, there are the majestic Towers Asinelli and Garisenda also known as the Two Towers.
Bologna is rich of monuments, every street corner it is a piece of history, just think that it been the inspiration of different artists, from Carducci to Vasco Rossi...
Moving south towards Imola, we reach San Lazzaro very easily; on the hills behind this town you can visit the Farneto caves, the largest gypsum cave complex in Europe. The Spipola cave is especially to notice because is one of the longest chalk cave in the world.
On the Via Emilia 25 km far away from San Lazzaro, you can visit a typical medieval village?Dozza! The village is overlooked by the tower of the ?Sforza? period built in the 13th century and restored in the 16th century by Giorgio Fiorentino.
Straight ahead on the via Emilia you will arrive in Imola a very ancient city rich of history among the monumental evidences we remember the ancient square planned ? Rocca ? which date back to the 14th century, San Cassiano?s cathedral and Santa Maria in Regola?s Church which keeps a Byzantine altar and a beautiful 12th century bell tower.
Finally among the attractions we remember the important autodrome where important international races are organized.
Bologna and its surroundings are plenty of attractions. It?s enough to take a map and start your beautiful trip among beauties of our territory.
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