Bologna is the capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy and it’s by far my favorite city in Italy. In 2011, it ranked first in the highest quality of life compared to all other Italian cities and still one of the wealthiest cities in the country. Could this be the city that I’ll eventually move to once I become an Italian citizen? Also read Erin de Santiago’s first impression of Bologna.
Small City, Big City
No Huge Tourist Crowds
I’ve been looking at prices for an apartment throughout Italy and I was really surprised to find that living in Bologna was actually pretty inexpensive for the quality of life you get in the city. 500 euros can get you a decent apartment downtown. I had expected most of Northern Italy to be expensive but I was wrong. This is by far cheaper than Rome too.
Easy to Enter and Leave
Bologna is conveniently located in a place that makes it so easy to get to anywhere else in Italy and in Europe. By train, it’s the center city where all trains intersect from North-South and East-West. It takes only an hour to get to Milan, 30 minutes to Florence, 2 1/2 hours to Rome, and 2 hours to Venice. By plane they have Guglielmo Marconi (Bologna) International Airport which is just a few minutes from downtown. There are many big name airlines and budget airlines that fly to Bologna making it easy to get to anywhere in the world and especially within Europe.
It’s the city of many nicknames
- La grassa – The fat one, for its variety of cuisine.
- La dotta – The learned one, for high class education and oldest university in the world.
- La rossa – The red one, because the city is covered in red roofs. It’s because the cities political situation and ideas.
- Basket City, because their obsession with basketball. I was surprised too!
I still have a lot to discover in Italy but so far, Bologna has captured my heart. Will I eventually end up in Bologna? We’ll see!
My stay in Bologna was thanks to the Emilia-Romagna tourism board. They put me up in Bologna for four days in a sweet hotel called Art Hotel Orologio. My decision to maybe want to move to Bologna is obviously my own but they definitely helped convince me that Bologna is indeed an amazing city. I didn’t need much convincing really. All opinions are my own.