Bologna (Italian pronunciation: [boˈloɲɲa] (listen); Emilian: Bulåggna pronounced [buˈləɲɲa]; Latin: Bononia) is the largest city (and the capital) of Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy. Bologna is a lively and cosmopolitan Italian college city, with a rich history, art, cuisine, music, and culture. It is the seventh largest city in terms of population in Italy, heart of a metropolitan area (officially recognized by the Italian Government as a città metropolitana) of about one million people.
The city, the first settlements of which date back to at least one millennium before Christ, has always been an important urban centre, first under the Etruscans (Velzna/Felsina) and the Celts (Bona), then under the Romans (Bononia), then again in the Middle Ages, as a free municipality (for one century it was the fifth largest European city based on population). Home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088, Bologna hosts thousands of students who enrich the social and cultural life of the city. Famous for its towers and lengthy porticoes, Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre (one of the largest in Italy) thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy which began at the end of the 1970s, on the heels of serious damage done by the urban demolition at the end of the 19th century as well as that caused by wars.
An important cultural and artistic centre, its importance in terms of landmarks can be attributed to homogenous mixture of monuments and architectural examples (medieval towers, antique buildings, churches, the layout of its historical centre) as well as works of art which are the result of a first class architectural and artistic history. Bologna is also an important transportation crossroad for the roads and trains of Northern Italy, where many important mechanical, electronic and nutritional industries have their headquarters. According to the most recent data gathered by the European Regional Economic Growth Index (E-REGI) of 2009, Bologna is the first Italian city and the 47th European city in terms of its economic growth rate.
Bologna is home to prestigious cultural, economic and political institutions as well as one of the most impressive trade fair districts in Europe. In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture and in 2006, a UNESCO “city of music”. The city of Bologna was selected to participate in the Universal Exposition of Shanghai 2010 together with 45 other cities from around the world. Bologna is also one of the wealthiest cities in Italy, often ranking as one of the top cities in terms of quality of life in the country: in 2011 it ranked 1st out of 107 Italian cities.
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Visit the official tourism website of Bologna: http://www.bolognawelcome.com/en/
Pianeta Amiga is at 1st floor of the building located in Strada Maggiore n. 58
Starting from 12 may, 2012 the city centre of Bologna is forbidden to cars and other vehicles without the daily (or four-day) ticket (in italian the forbidden perimeter is called ZTL - Zona a Traffico Limitato). Tickets can be bought from ATC (the name of the public transport company) in one of their kiosk throughout the city or in several shopping center. A list of places where is possible to buy tickets is at this address: http://www.atc.bo.it/contrassegni/accesso-alla-ztl-di-bologna-punti-vendita-ticket. For more info you can go there (sorry the page is only in italian): http://accessoztl.it/ztlx5bo/
There are many hotels in Bologna near Pianeta Amiga. This is a short list:
Via Zamboni 16
+39 051 235395 - email@example.com
Galleria del Leone, 1
+39 051 224369 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Via San Vitale, 94
+39 051 225966 - email@example.com
Strada Maggiore, 79
+39 051 300081 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Via Castiglione, 90
+39 051 6140958 - http://www.bed-and-breakfast.it/pagina.cfm?id=24833&idregione=5