The cities an hour from
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City of art, culture and commerce with an efficient trade fair structure and a renowned manufacturing and motoring tradition, Bologna is known for its almost 40 km of porticoes, the longest in the world.
Also called the “dotta”, because of its ancient University, and the fat“” for its gastronomy, the city is entitled "Creative City of Music UNESCO" and boasts a medieval historic center among the most extensive and best preserved of Europe, swarming
of clubs, taverns, theatres and shops.
The homeland of great artists including Giorgio Morandi, Guido Reni, the Carracci, Guercino, Aspertini, his charm has also captured illustrious characters such as Mozart, Carducci, Dante, Rossini and the Nobel for Physics, Guglielmo Marconi.
It is the ideal city: it knows how to be admired for its architectural treasures, UNESCO heritage, it can welcome thanks to its cuisine and cultural life, it knows how to fascinate for that mixture of innovation and tradition that characterizes it. The visitor can be pampered at the table by the taste of traditional balsamic vinegar accompanied by typical dishes, can walk through the collections streets of the center or in Piazza Grande; can remain absorbed in front of the mystical beauty of the Duomo or fascinated by the modern products of Modena such as the cars Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani, stanguellini.
Splendida città d’arte da assaporare passeggiando per le sue strade, scoprendo in ogni angolo il suo carattere di magnifica capitale del Rinascimento e cogliendo da questo glorioso passato le ragioni del suo presente.
Gli Estensi la governarono per tre secoli e le diedero l’aspetto che ancora oggi conserva: un’urbanistica unica che armoniosamente fonde Medioevo e Rinascimento e ne fa la prima città moderna d’Europa. Proprio per questa sua caratteristica, è stata riconosciuta dall’Unesco Patrimonio Mondiale dall’Umanità.
E’ una città silenziosa, a misura d’uomo, da percorrere a piedi o in bicicletta, rivivendo ad ogni passo magiche atmosfere del passato.
Ravenna is a city of art and culture, and a mosaic centre that 1600 years ago became capital three times: of the Western Roman Empire first, of Theodoric King of the Goths then and finally of the Byzantine Empire in Europe. The magnificence of this period has honored Ravenna with a great heritage of historical buildings. There are no less than eight monuments declared World Heritage by Unesco.
The city also preserves Dante Alighieri’s remains.
Parma’s centre is full of art masterpieces, wide green spaces, little and big treasures from different ages, welcoming visitors and citizens all in the refined atmosphere of a petite capital. The presence of music in the history of the city is various and recognized worldwide; the spirit of initiative and everyone’s passion give the city a deserved relevant position among the capitals of music. The gastronomic tradition is also very remarkable, offering, besides cold cuts and cheese which are famous all over the world, first courses of homemade pasta cooked in different ways. Parma in 2015 has been designated Creative City of Gastronomy Unesco.
It will be the Capital city of Culture in 2020
Mantua is a jewel of the Renaissance, famous throughout the world for its history, priceless art treasures and natural beauty. It has been awarded the title of Italian Capital of Culture for the year 2016.
Mantua’s uniqueness lies not only in its art and architecture but also in the beauty of its territory. This city was built on water and is still surrounded by a green oasis.
For its natural and historical characteristics and small size, Mantua is already a city with a human dimension.
Its historical centre, with its palaces, porticoes, churches and squares is a large, interactive museum that puts artistic expression in relation to the architectural heritage.
With its variety of important monuments and artworks, and its status as the home of literature’s most legendary lovers, Romeo and Juliet, it is unsurprising that fair Verona is one of Italy’s most visited cities. Verona’s cosmopolitan, romantic atmosphere and focus on the finer things in life make it an alluring destination.
Padua is one of the most charming and dynamic towns in Italy. The historical centre boasts a wealth of medieval, renaissance and modern architecture; here a fascinating mix of historic and new, of centuries-old traditions and metropolitan rhythms creates a unique atmosphere. The medieval palaces, churches and cobbled streets emanate a sense of history and culture, the shops, markets and locals, a sparkling vitality and vibrant modern life.
Venice is best known for its beauty, architecture, and art. Its historical buildings and canals are what most people know of Venezia but the city is rich of a unique culture and lifestyle shaped by its location in the middle of a lagoon and centuries of a unique political and economic history. Often called the Serenissima, after the successful Republic which governed the city, Venice has always been a favourite of artists.
Florence is a city whose charm and splendid past have remained unaltered. At least, this is how the
enchanting Tuscan capital appears – it continues to enchant, by means of its artistic masterpieces, coloured marbles and architectural works that evoke the pomp and circumstance that it bore as the leading city that developed the art and culture dictums of the Renaissance.
Lucca is one of the cities most loved all of Tuscany, a stop that can not really miss in a classic itinerary to the discovery of the region.
Lucca, a living testimony to past times, kingdoms and dominions, lies in a green valley just north-west of Florence. This almost perfectly preserved jewel of medieval architecture and buildings emanates charm and shows layers of history from every corner of its narrow winding streets.
Surrounded by olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti, Siena is one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany. Set on three hills, the city is drawn together by winding alleyways and steep steps, whilst the Piazza del Campo stands at its heart, and the Duomo and St Maria della Scala serve as additional cultural landmarks. Famed for the "Palio", it is also home to one of the oldest Universities in Europe. In addition to the bustling daily life of the streets and squares of the city, Siena offers many cultural events, concerts, cinema, theatre and a wide range of sporting activities.
Arezzo is as well known for its art as it is for its shopping, with clothes, home-wear, jewellery and antique stores, all jostling for space along the narrow streets.
You can see all the major sights in a day, without having to fight through crowds.