Home to the oldest university, University of Bologna, founded in 1088, Bologna is one of the most developed cities in Italy.
Bologna is also famous for its cuisine, which is why it's referred to as Italy's culinary capital. Another reason why Bologna is famous are it's red brick buildings and its historic center, the largest and best preserved among Italian cities.
The best time to visit is from March to October, when the weather is warm and you can enjoy the terraces in Piazza Santo Stefano and Piazza Maggiore. However, during July and August it may be particularly hot. In August, as is the case in much of Italy in the summer, many shops and restaurants are closed for the summer vacation.
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