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Bologna & Its University


Bologna, a city strategically located to reach the major Italian tourist destinations, includes artistic and picturesque views of Medieval and Renaissance Italian art together with traditional food products “Made in Italy”. The medieval town centre is one of the best-preserved in Europe with many towers scattered among the porticoes and historical homes, like Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, and the historic University, the oldest one in Europe.

Piazza Maggiore is the ancient heart of Bologna. Its medieval buildings, witnesses of a vibrant public life and intense economic activity, still retain their charm. A network of streets with picturesque porticoes branch off from Piazza Maggiore. The porticos of Bologna stretch out from the city center over 40 kilometers. Walking under the porticos, protected from the sun and the rain, it is possible to easily reach many important museums, galleries and religious buildings, which hold unexpected works of art. The University of Bologna is the oldest in Europe. The evidence of its prestigious history is spread out in many city places not to be missed.


The Host: Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna

Founded in 1088, the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna is recognized as the oldest University of the Western world. Two of the numerous illustrious students are particularly important for us: the great Physiologists Marcello Malpighi (1628 – 1694) and Luigi Galvani (1737 – 1798).

Nowadays, the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna is the second largest University in Italy and one of the most important Institutions of Higher Education in Europe. It has been awarded the logo “HR Excellence in Research” by the European Commission and is among the top 3 Italian Universities in the main international rankings. It is organized in a multi-campus structure: 5 operating sites (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini), a permanent Headquarter in Buenos Aires (Brazil), 11 Schools, 33 Departments, 12 Research and Innovation Centers host more than 84,000 students.


The Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna from the 12th to the 20th century

Famous people, guests and illustrious students

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