Bologna is a fun and lively city in the middle of Italy. It’s full of initiatives and things to be discovered. Erasmus life there is very active and there is also the Erasmus Student Network, an association that organizes events and trips. Bologna is the oldest university in Europe but there’s nothing ancient there (monuments are an exception!): people are welcoming and the vibes are amazing.
Bologna is the perfect city for everyone and for every personality, it’s an awesome place to feel free.
It’s a cultural melting pot, with tortellini and mortadella.
What’s studying in Bologna like?
The university is great. It has some great courses and professors well known in the whole world, especially for the department of law.
There are many Italian courses available, but it’s recommended to learn a little bit of Italian beforehand. The whole environment seems to be run by young people. It’s quite easy to find a room for a good price: the average is 300 euros a month. It’s not a fantastic idea to leave all the arrangements for the last minute, though.
The best spots in the city
All the small roads in Bologna hide nice spots, but if you really want to breathe some Italian atmosphere, you should go in the outskirts. You’ll always have a good time in Giardini, relaxing under the sun, especially during spring time. Piazza Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore are a must. As you walk by, you’ll travel back in time with swords and knights.
Eating in Bologna
Bologna is also called the Italian Capital of Food for a good reason: it offers some of the best specialties like prosciutto, mortadella, Bolognese sauce, tortellini and tagliatelle.
Tamburini is a must: its mortadella sandwiches and panini are priceless.
There are so many great places to have lunch: Trattoria Leonida, Ristorante Pappagallo, Nicola’s, Osteria dell’Orsa, and all of the restaurants in the area are fantastic such as Calice and Osteria Del Podesta. In Mercato di Mezzo you’ll be able to eat some typical Bolognese food for a very low price.
They say the best pizzerias are Scalinatella and Spacca Napoli, while the best gelato is Piazza Camillo Benso.
For wine tasting, I recommend via San Stefano, as there are many wine bars. But I’ll stop here as my list could be extremely long.
How’s the nightlife?
Concerts and band exhibitions are very normal. You can easily find any kind of bar or disco, with every kind of music (reggae, pop, rock…). Some of the best places are Sodapops, via Petroni and Pratello. There is also a bar held by the deafs and dumbs and piazza Verdi, where folks usually meet and drink while sitting on the floor. And then there is Il Cucchiaio D’Oro, the best place to have a beer as they have an infinite number of them.
Best day trips?
Bologna is in Central Italy, so it’s in a very comfortable location. You can easily move around by train and get to visit Venice, Verona, Padova, Ferrara, Ravenna, Modena, Parma… Even Florence and Rome are not far away.
Written Alice Buhagiar
At 18, she had already set foot on all the existing continents.
Traveling for her is not a passion, it is not a necessity, it is nothing external; traveling is Alice herself! You can see it in her eyes, hear in her speeches, read in her words.
A sublime writer, anyone who reads her articles is transported to a moving world, made up of colors, perfumes, and emotions. Knowing this dotter means starting a journey full of wonders