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Located 6 km northwest of Bologna city centre is the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). Named after the Nobel laureate and Bologna native, Guglielmo Marconi, it is the main international gateway of the city.
The airport has two terminals, the main terminal and the East terminal. Transit to and from the airport is by bus, taxi, train or car rental.
Bologna lies in the Emilia Romagna region, a popular trade and learning centre, which was founded by the Etruscans. The centre of the city, where you can find the Piazza Maggiore and other attractions, is usually crowded and lively. However other residential areas, parks and neighbourhoods are quite relaxed and peaceful, allowing you to enjoy the everyday life of the city and its people.
Ruled in the past by the Etruscans, Celts and Romans, Bologna has always served as a major economic and cultural hub of Italy. Its long history has resulted in a variety of cultural attractions, high quality museums, and marvellous architecture.
Its main economies include a strong financial sector, and the manufacturing industry. Bologna also serves as a major transport hub. A highly affordable and welcoming city, it has a completely different ambiance from other popular cities in Italy, one that cannot be explained, only experienced.
Where Pisa has one, Bologna has two leaning towers, one taller than the other. Named after important Italian families, the Asinelli and Garisenda towers stand next to each other in the Piazza di Porta Ravegnana.
Visitors can climb these legendary towers for spectacular views of the city. The Asinelli tower, which used to be a stronghold and a prison, stands at 97.2m. Garisenda, which stands at a mere 48m, has a more noticeable tilt.
Bologna is home to great Italian cuisine; each region in the country has a different taste, and Bologna has a particularly rich culinary culture.
Some foods you will encounter include the Tagliatelle al Ragu, which even though it might remind you of a regular Spaghetti Bolognese, is anything but regular.
There is also mortadella, a large sausage of 15% pork fat, spiced with nutmeg, black peppers, pistachios and myrtle berries.
Another dish you would likely come across is Green Lasagna, made out of fresh spinach pasta, béchamel, Ragu sauce and Parmigiano.