Bologna is the lively, historical capital of Emilia-Romagna in the north of Italy.
If you are heading to Bologna for the first time, take a trip to Piazza Maggiore which is lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval monuments. Among several medieval towers is the leaning Asinelli Tower.
An intricate network of canals runs underneath Bologna, which once allowed the city to become the European centre of silk weaving and allowed the Bolognese to acquire incredible naval knowledge.
Over 40km of arched walkways spread throughout the city which were originally built to a height where a man on horseback could pass comfortably through.
Bologna is also known for its jazz and the streets are filled in summer and in winter with musicians.
Bolognese food has made so many contributions to the international food scene that it is widely seen as the food capital of Italy. Parma is famous for its ham, Modena for its balsamic vinegar and Bologna for its pasta and Bolognese sauce.