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Home for two weeks will be the historic city of Bologna, with all of its sights and sounds within just a few minutes' walk of the student residence. Here are a few of the city's main highlights.
The University of Bologna has been regarded for centuries as one of the leading centres of learning and research in Italy and Europe. Founded in 1088 by an organised guild of students, it is the oldest university in the Western world and has educated some of humanity's finest minds, such as Copernicus (who finalised the heliocentric view of the solar system) and Erasmus (the Renaissance's leading thinker). It is consistently ranked among the top 3 universities in Italy and is widely considered to be the most beautiful university in the world.
Alumni of the University of Bologna have included religious leaders (including Thomas Beckett (1119-1170), Archbishop of Canterbury, famously murdered by King Henry II's soldiers in Canterbury Cathedral), writers (such as Dante, 1261-1325), scientists, philosophers, political leaders (including Romano Prodi, twice Prime Minister of Italy and President of the European Commission) and many more.
Constructed in the early 12th century, the due torri (two towers), both of them leaning somewhat precariously, are now iconic features of Bologna. According to some sources, they were constructed by different families (after which they take their names, Asinelli and Garisenda) competing to see which could make the taller tower. The due torri are a must-see for any visit to Bologna.
Bologna is perhaps most famous for its beautiful, winding porticoes, with almost 40 kilometres of porticoes in total wending their way around the city centre. The longest is the Portico di San Luca - stretching for almost 4km, possibly making it the longest portico in the world - which leads to the sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. This is a favourite spot for local Bolognese during free time and weekends to come for some running or brisk walking.
At the very heart of the city is the Piazza Maggiore, from where any exploration of the city begins. This is the buzzing heart of the city and has been at the centre of Bologna's development and civic discourse since the early middle ages. Surrounded by some of the city's most impressive buildings, including the Basilica of San Petronio and the Palazzo del Podestà.
If you're a food lover, then our Bologna summer school is the right choice for you! As well as being the home of Bolognese pasta, the wider Emilia Romagna region is the origin of many other favourite foods enjoyed all over the world, such as parma ham, parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar. Bologna's many cafés and restaurants reflect this position as the food culture capital of Italy, and students can be assured of a gastronomic adventure.
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, a company registered in England as company number 6045196. Registered office: 14 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.