Bologna is located in northern Italy in the Po River Valley, between Florence and Venice. This beautiful medieval city is known for its cuisine, porticos, and terra-cotta-colored buildings. Bologna began life as an Etruscan town (pre-Roman times), and many of the buildings and museums that dominate the town’s historic center are legacies of this heritage.

Today Bologna is noticeably a student town, lively and entertaining, and is viewed as one of the most forward-thinking cities in Europe. In fact, one in four people walking the streets of Bologna are college students. Fewer than 500 of these students are Americans, which makes Bologna a true cultural immersion for students wanting a genuine Italian encounter. Compared to Florence, where more than 4,000 Americans live and study each year, and in contrast to the 7,000 Americans to be found in Rome, Bologna remains one of Italy’s best-kept secrets.

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Bologna Profile

Population: 376,000
College Students: 100,000
Region: Emilia-Romagna

Bologna experiences a humid subtropical climate characteristic of Northern Italy’s inland plains, with very hot summers and cold and humid winters.

Bologna Central Train Station is considered the most important train hub in Italy.

Train distance to:
Milan – 1 hour by fast train / 2 hours by regional train
Florence – 45 minutes by regional train
Venice  – 90 minutes by regional train
Rome – 3 hours by fast train

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi International Airport (20 minutes from the city center) – offers flights to 20 cities throughout Europe
Bologna Forlì International Airport (45 minutes from the city center) – offers flights to 25 cities throughout Europe