Surrounded by hills, Bologna’s city center is still much as it was during the Renaissance with handsome red-colored buildings, medieval palaces, porticoed streets with covered walkways and marbled floors, and the enchanting leaning towers of Asinelli and Garisenda.

Bologna provides the best of several worlds. It has beautiful piazzas, churches, and museums; it’s an important commercial center; a thriving university town filled with cafès, bars, and nightlife. And a gastronomic heaven.