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Lonely Planet's Top Experiences and Sights in Italy: Bologna

Fusing haughty elegance with down-to-earth grit in one beautifully colonnaded medieval grid, Bologna is a city of two intriguing halves. One side is a hard-working, high-tech city located in the super-rich Po valley where opera-goers waltz out of theatres into some of the nation's finest restaurants. The other is a politically edgy city, with the world's oldest university, that is famous for its graffiti-embellished piazzas filled with mildly inebriated students swapping Gothic fashion tips.
No small wonder Bologna has earned so many historical monikers. La Grassa (the fat one) celebrates a rich food legacy (ragù sauce was first concocted here). La Dotta (the learned one) doffs a cap to the city university founded in 1088. La Rossa (the red one) alludes to the ubiquity of the terracotta medieval buildings adorned with miles of porticoes, as well as the city's long-standing penchant for left-wing politics.
These are the top experiences and sights in Bologna, according to Lonely Planet.
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Il Quadrilatero, Bologna
Il Quadrilatero, Bologna
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Asinelli Tower, Bologna
Asinelli Tower, Bologna
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Two Towers of Bologna
Two Towers of Bologna
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Trattoria Bertozzi, Bologna
Trattoria Bertozzi, Bologna
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Mudetec, Bologna
Mudetec, Bologna
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San Colombano - Collezione Tagliavini, Bologna
San Colombano - Collezione Tagliavini, Bologna
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Gelato Museum Carpigiani, Bologna
Gelato Museum Carpigiani, Bologna
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Prendiparte B&B, Bologna
Prendiparte B&B, Bologna
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Le Serre Dei Giardini Margherita, Bologna
Le Serre Dei Giardini Margherita, Bologna
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Casa Di Lucio Dalla, Bologna
Casa Di Lucio Dalla, Bologna
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Basilica of Santo Stefano, Bologna
Basilica of Santo Stefano, Bologna
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Basilica Di San Petronio Bologna
Basilica Di San Petronio Bologna
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Museo Internazionale E Biblioteca Della Musica Di Bologna
Museo Internazionale E Biblioteca Della Musica Di Bologna
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Palazzo Poggi University Museum, Bologna
Palazzo Poggi University Museum, Bologna
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Palazzo Poggi, Bologna
Palazzo Poggi, Bologna
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FICO World Eataly Bologna
FICO World Eataly Bologna
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Sanctuary of Santa Maria Della Vita, Bologna
Sanctuary of Santa Maria Della Vita, Bologna
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Museo Della Storia Di Bologna
Museo Della Storia Di Bologna
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Santuario Di Madonna Di San Luca
Santuario Di Madonna Di San Luca
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Ducati Museum, Bologna
Ducati Museum, Bologna
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Palazzo Comunale, Bologna
Palazzo Comunale, Bologna
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Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna
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Teatro Anatomico, Bologna
Teatro Anatomico, Bologna
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Piazza Maggiore, Bologna
Piazza Maggiore, Bologna
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Palazzo Fava, Bologna
Palazzo Fava, Bologna
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Basilica of San Domenico, Bologna
Basilica of San Domenico, Bologna
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Collezioni Comunali D'Arte, Bologna
Collezioni Comunali D'Arte, Bologna
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Basilica of San Francesco, Bologna
Basilica of San Francesco, Bologna
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Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia, Bologna
Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia, Bologna
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La Terrazza Panoramica, Bologna
La Terrazza Panoramica, Bologna
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Mambo Bologna
Mambo Bologna
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Palazzo Dell'archiginnasio
Palazzo Dell'archiginnasio
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Palazzo Re Enzo
Palazzo Re Enzo
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Palazzo Del Podestà, Bologna
Palazzo Del Podestà, Bologna
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Fontana Del Nettuno, Bologna
Fontana Del Nettuno, Bologna
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