|Metropolitan city||Bologna (BO)|
|resident||390,625 (Dec. 31, 2019)|
|Patron saint||Petronius , Catherine|
Bologna [ boˈlɔnja, Italian boˈloɲːa ] is an Italian university city and the capital of the metropolitan city of Bologna and the Emilia-Romagna region . The big city with 390,625 inhabitants (December 31, 2019), the seventh largest Italian city and a major national transportation hub.
Bologna lies at the foot of the Apennines , between the Reno and Savena rivers in northern Italy. The rivers and canals in the city were almost completely overbuilt in the course of urban development for sanitary reasons. The waters flowing through Bologna are the Canale di Reno, the Canaletta del Savena and the Torrente Aposa, they are combined north of the city center to the Canale Navile. In this way, part of the water is withdrawn from the Canale di Savena, the following arm of the river is accordingly called Savena abbandonato - the abandoned Savena. The Torrente Ravone runs in the western parts of the city and joins the Reno further east. The Adriatic Sea is about 60 kilometers east of the city.
Average monthly temperatures and rainfall for Bologna, Emilia-Romagna
The history of the city begins as an Etruscan foundation with the name Felsina, probably in the 6th century BC. BC, traces of older village settlements of the Villanova culture in the area go back to the 11th / 10th centuries. Century BC BC back. The Etruscan city grew around a sanctuary on a hill and was surrounded by a necropolis .
In the 5th century BC BC the Celtic Boier conquered Felsina. 191 BC The city was conquered by the Romans in 189 BC. It became Roman Colonia as Bononia . 3000 Latin families settled there, and the organization of the city was (re) entrusted to the former consuls Lucius Valerius Flaccus , Marcus Atilius Seranus and Lucius Valerius Tappo . The construction of Via Aemilia in 187 BC BC made Bononia a traffic junction: Here the main road of the Po Valley crossed with the Via Flaminia minor to Arretium ( Arezzo ). 88 BC Like all country towns in Italy , Bononia received full Roman citizenship through the Lex municipalis . After a fire, it was rebuilt in the 1st century under Emperor Nero .
As is typical of a Roman city, Bononia was laid out like a chessboard around the central intersection of two main streets, the Cardo with the Decumanus . Six north-south and eight east-west streets divided the city into individual quarters and have been preserved to this day. During the Roman Empire , Bononia had at least 12,000, but possibly up to 30,000 inhabitants. During excavations around the forum of the ancient city in the years 1989-1994 two temples, administration building, market halls and the conference building of the city council were found; A theater has been uncovered in the southern part of the original urban area. However, the city seems to have outgrown its original fortifications, for example an amphitheater , an aqueduct and a thermal bath area have been discovered outside the city wall . The geographer Pomponius Mela counted the city in the 1st century AD to the five most lush ( opulentissimae ) cities in Italy.
After a long decline, Bologna was reborn in the 5th century under Bishop Petronius , who is said to have built the church complex of Santo Stefano based on the model of the Jerusalem Church of the Holy Sepulcher . After the end of the Roman Empire, Bologna was an advanced bulwark of the Exarchate of Ravenna , protected by several wall rings, which, however, did not enclose most of the ruined Roman city. In 728 the city was conquered by the Longobard King Liutprand and thus part of the Longobard Empire. The Lombards created a new district in Bologna near Santo Stefano, still called Addizione Longobarda today, in which Charlemagne stayed during his visit in 786.
In the 11th century the place grew again as a free commune . The studio was founded in 1088 - today the oldest university in Europe - where numerous important scholars of the Middle Ages taught, including Irnerius . As the city continued to expand, it received a new wall ring in the 12th century, and another was completed in the 14th century.
In 1164 Bologna joined the Lombard League against Frederick I Barbarossa , and in 1256 the city proclaimed the Legge del Paradiso ( Paradise Law ), which abolished serfdom and slavery and bought the remaining slaves free with public money. 50,000 to 70,000 people lived in Bologna at this time, making the city the sixth or seventh largest in Europe after Constantinople , Cordoba , Paris , Venice , Florence and possibly Milan . The city center was a forest of towers : an estimated 180 gender towers of the leading families, church towers and towers of public buildings dominated the cityscape.
Bologna decided in 1248 to ban the export of wheat in order to secure food supplies for its rapidly growing population. This amounted to an expropriation of the Venetian landowners, especially the monasteries. In 1234, the city went one step further and occupied Cervia , putting it in direct competition with Venice , which claimed the salt monopoly in the Adriatic. In 1248 Bologna extended its rule to the county of Imola , from 1252–1254 even to Ravenna . In addition there were Bagnacavallo , Faenza and Forlì in 1256 .
But the smoldering conflict between Venice and Bologna was interrupted in 1240 by the occupation of the city by Emperor Frederick II . However, after Cervia had surrendered to Venice again in 1252, it was recaptured by a joint Ravenna-Bologna army in October 1254. In return, Venice built a fortress on the Po di Primaro in 1258. The Adige , Po and the Reno , which is vital for Bologna's supply , were blocked - the latter, in turn, could only be reached from the sea via the Po, and the Adige had been controlled by Cavarzere from Venice for a long time . With the help of this blockade, especially at the Marcamò fortress - Bologna sealed off Marcamò in vain with its own fortress - Venice forced the starving Bologna to an agreement dictated by the Venetians. The Bolognese fort was razed. Ravenna was once again open to Venice's merchants, and Venice's monopoly was enforced.
In 1272, after more than 22 years imprisonment in the Palazzo Nuovo (today's Palazzo di re Enzo ), King Enzio of Sardinia , an illegitimate son of the Hohenstaufen emperor Friedrich II, died in Bologna .
Like most municipalities in Italy, Bologna was at that time torn apart from the external conflicts by internal disputes between the Ghibellines and Guelphs (Staufer or Welfen party, emperor versus pope). In 1274 the influential Ghibelline family Lambertazzi was expelled from the city.
When Bologna stepped up against the Ghibellines of central Romagna in 1297, Venice feared the renewed emergence of a competing mainland power. This was particularly true of Ravenna. Venice threatened the city for non-compliance with its treaties and favoring Bologna. But the dispute was settled. Another ban on trade on the part of Venice (probably because of the appointment of Baiamonte Tiepolo as Capitano of Bologna) came at the end of 1326. Bologna had placed itself under the protection of the Pope after it was defeated by Modena in 1325 at the Battle of Zappolino. In May 1327 all Bolognese were asked to leave Venice within a month. 1328–1332 there were trade bans and reprisals. Ravenna remained the region's most important import port. B. continued to use Bologna for larger imports from Apulia. Between 1325 and 1337 the Bucket War broke out in Bologna . During the plague - epidemic of 1348 about 30,000 of the inhabitants died.
After the reign of Taddeo Pepolis (1337-1347), Bologna fell to the Visconti of Milan, but in 1360, at the instigation of Cardinal Gil Álvarez Carillo de Albornoz, it was bought back into the Pope's sphere of influence. The following years were determined by a number of republican governments (e.g. that of 1377, which had the Basilica di San Petronio and the Loggia dei Mercanti built), changing affiliations to the papal or Visconti sphere of power and ongoing, loss-making family feuds.
In 1402 the city fell to Gian Galeazzo Visconti , who became Signor of Bologna. After Bologna and Imola fell in 1433 (until 1435), Venice finally helped the Pope to rule the city in 1440/41. On the occasion, Venice took possession of Ravenna from 1441–1509.
Around this time, the Bentivoglio family with Sante (1445–1462) and Giovanni II (1462–1506) took control of Bologna. The city flourished during her reign, and renowned architects and painters gave Bologna the face of a classic Italian Renaissance city, which, however, had to finally give up its ambitions to conquer.
Giovanni's reign ended in 1506 when Pope Julius II's troops besieged Bologna and looted the art treasures of his palace. Following Bologna belonged to the 18th century to the Papal States and was of a papal legate ruled and a Senate which every two months a Gonfaloniere (judges) chose, which was supported by eight consuls. On February 24, 1530, Charles V was crowned emperor by Pope Clement VII in Bologna. It was the last imperial coronation performed by the Pope. The city's prosperity continued, but a plague at the end of the 16th century reduced the population from 72,000 to 59,000, and another in 1630 reduced it to 47,000 before leveling off again to 60,000 to 65,000.
In 1564 the Piazza del Nettuno , the Palazzo dei Banchi and the Archiginnasio , the seat of the university, were built. Numerous churches and other religious institutions were rebuilt during the papal rule, older ones renovated - Bologna's 96 monasteries were an Italian record. Important painters such as Annibale Carracci , Domenichino and Guercino , who were active in Bologna during this period, formed the Bolognese school of painting.
In Napoleonic Europe, Bologna became in 1796 - independent of the Papal States since the First Coalition War - initially the capital of the short-lived Cispadan Republic and later the most important city after Milan in the Cisalpine Republic and the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy . On January 28, 1814, the Austrians briefly recaptured the city, had to give way to the invasion of French troops on April 2, 1815, in order to finally take Bologna on April 16, 1815. After the fall of Napoleon, the Congress of Vienna returned Bologna to the Papal States in 1815, whereupon this was carried out on July 18, 1816.
The population rebelled against the papal restoration in the spring of 1831. A new Austrian occupation from March 21, 1831 put an end to this. The occupation lasted with a short interruption (July 1831 to January 1832) until November 30, 1838. Power was again in the hands of the Pope. In contrast, the Moti di Savigno revolt rose in August 1843 . Again there were popular uprisings in 1848/1849 when the troops of the Austrian garrison were driven out from August 8, 1848 to May 16, 1849 , which then again held command of the city until 1860. After a visit from Pope Pius IX. In 1857, on June 12, 1859, Bologna voted for its annexation by the Kingdom of Sardinia , making the city part of united Italy .
At the beginning of the 20th century, the walls of the city were torn down with the exception of a few remains to make room for the rapidly growing population. In the elections on June 28, 1914, the socialist Francesco Zanardi won the city council ( sindaco ) for the left for the first time . With the interruption of fascism , Bologna has since been administered mainly by left-wing city governments.
In 1940 Bologna had 320,000 inhabitants. During the Second World War , Bologna was bombed and damaged by American , British and Polish invasion troops of the Allies during the fighting of the falling Nazi dictatorship . On April 21, 1945, the city was liberated by units of the II Polish Corps . After the war, Bologna recovered quickly and is now one of the wealthiest and most successful cities in Italy in terms of urban planning.
On August 2, 1980, a group of right-wing extremists bombed the city's main train station . 85 people died and at least 200 were injured. In 1995, two members of the fascist Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari and employees of the Italian secret service were sentenced to long prison terms for this attack .
The main outer belt asteroid (2601) Bologna was named after the city on April 8, 1982.
In 2000, Bologna was the European Capital of Culture .
Bologna is also called la grassa ("the fats") because of the rich food for which the city is famous. Other nicknames are la rossa ("the red one") because of the red bricks of the houses and the prevailing political direction, as well as, because of the famous university, la dotta ("the scholar"). Bologna is also called la turrita , after the many towers of the family, most of which were only destroyed at the end of the 19th century.
Buildings, squares and parks
The city's landmarks are the two towers , the Torre Garisenda and the Torre degli Asinelli . Built around 1100, the latter, with its height of 94.5 m, was probably the highest secular building in Europe at the time. The two towers, along with a few others, are the last remnants of around 180 “ family towers ” of medieval Bologna, most of which were demolished in the 16th century. Other sights include the palazzi mentioned in the article .
The center of the city is the Piazza Maggiore with the Neptune Fountain and the Basilica of San Petronio . The mighty Gothic church is the fifth largest in the world; the central nave is 40 m high and 20 m wide. Originally planned as the largest church in Christendom, construction, which began in 1390, has not yet been completed due to financial problems. In the interior there is the noon line , furnished in 1655 according to plans by the astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini . In the Capella Bolognini there is a depiction of the Last Judgment by Giovanni da Modena (around 1410). The painter of the fresco based his depiction on Dante's Divine Comedy and shows in the circle of hell, among other things, the prophet Mohammed , whose body is slit open by a devil as a divider of faith (DC Inf. XXVIII).
The Cathedral of San Pietro with the Pietà by Alfonso Lombardi is located on Via dell'Indipendenza. The oldest church in Bologna, the Basilica di Santo Stefano , is located in a monastery complex that is still in use today in the historic center of the city. The complex has a Byzantine rotunda and typical Romanesque cloisters.
Bologna is also known for its arcades . They stretch for 38 km and were originally created to accommodate the city's growing population. The construction of the arcades made it possible to expand the upper floors and thus create new living space without impairing trade and transit operations too much. The pilgrimage church of the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca is located on the Guardia hill above the city and offers a view over the Po Valley. The longest arcade in the world at around four kilometers leads up to the church. The arcades of Bologna have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2021 .
The Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio was originally planned to unite all faculties of the university under one roof. It houses an anatomy classroom, which was badly damaged during the war in 1944, but has been completely renovated .
The city park Giardini Margherita at the Piazza di Porta Santo Stefano is the largest urban green space near the center. The 1879 opened park was to Margherita of Savoy , wife of Italian King I. Umberto named. The English-style complex has an area of around 26 hectares and an artificial lake with water features .
The Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa cemetery is the city's main historical cemetery.
- The Museo internazionale della musica di Bologna in the Palazzo Sanguinetti houses a collection of music-historical exhibits. Manuscripts and first prints by Padre Martini and Caccini , among others, document their contribution to the early development of music theory and opera in Bologna. Portraits and brief historical outlines describe the work of Vivaldi , Farinelli , Mozart and Johann Christian Bach in the city.
- The Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna mainly shows paintings from the Bolognese School , with a separate room dedicated to Guido Reni , but works by Raphael and others can also be viewed.
- The Museo Morandi shows the work of the painter Giorgio Morandi .
- The Palazzo Pepoli Vecchio houses the Museo della Storia di Bologna, which opened in 2012.
- The Bologna Jewish Museum recalls the long history of Judaism in Bologna and the region.
- The MAMbo Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna , the museum of modern art, is located in Via Don Giovanni Minzoni .
The Sistema Museale di Ateneo (SMA) of the university museums in Bologna offers partially free entry to its museums, most of which are located in the vicinity of Palazzo Poggi, only two anatomical collections of veterinary medicine are located in Ozzano dell'Emilia :
- Museo di Palazzo Poggi (art museum)
- Museo civico archeologico (Archaeological City Museum)
- MEUS Museo europeo degli Studenti (European Student Museum)
- Museo geologico Giovanni Capellini (Geology Museum)
- Museo delle Cere Anatomiche Luigi Cattaneo (Anatomical Wax Figure Museum)
- Museo della Specola (Mirror Museum)
- Museo di Zoologia (Zoological Museum)
- Museo di Mineralogia Luigi Bombicci (Mineral Museum)
- Collezione di Chimica Giacomo Ciamician (collection of chemicals)
- Collezione di Fisica (Physical Coll.)
- Orto botanico ed Erbario (Botanical Garden / Herbarium)
- Museo di Anatomia comparata (Museum of Comparative Anatomy)
- Museo di Anatomia patologica e Teratologia veterinaria (Veterinary Anatomy Collection)
- Museo di Anatomia degli Animali domestici (Anatomical Pet Museum)
The Anthropological Museum of the University of Bologna traces the history of human development in Europe since the Stone Age with a special focus on events in Italy.
The two leaning towers Garisenda and Asinelli
The city council (Consiglio comunale) forms the legislature in Bologna and consists of 36 members. The strongest group is currently the Social Democrats with 21 seats. Mayor ( Sindaco di Bologna ) and thus also head of the city administration has been the social democrat Virginio Merola since 2011. The incumbents since 1999 were:
- Giorgio Guazzaloca (independent, 1999-2004)
- Sergio Cofferati ( DS , 2004-2009)
- Flavio Delbono ( PD , 2009-2010)
- Annamaria Cancellieri (independent, 2010-2011 acting )
- Virginio Merola (PD, since 2011)
As the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is also the seat of the regional council of 50 members and the regional government (Giunta regional) . Both are housed in the Palazzo della regione, a high-rise building in the Fiera di Bologna trade fair and business district to the northeast .
Bologna has been the seat of a Roman Catholic diocese since the 3rd century, which was elevated to the status of an archbishopric and metropolitan seat of the ecclesiastical province of Bologna in 1582 . According to Annuario Pontificio 2019, around 940,000 Catholics currently live in the area of the archbishopric. Cathedral is the church of San Pietro, completed at the end of the 12th century .
- The Lineapelle International Leather Fair takes place annually in Bologna
- The International Motor Show Motorshow also takes place here every year
- Bologna is the venue for one of the largest annual agricultural and forestry technology trade fairs in Europe
- Fiera del Libro per Ragazzi : Bologna has hosted the annual international book fair for young people since 1963
- Il Cinema Ritrovato : the world's most important film restoration festival
- Festival Internationale di Cinema Animazione e Nuove Tecnologie , also Future Film Festival , has been held in Bologna since 1999
- Cersaie: Leading trade fair for tiles and ceramics in Europe
- Modern and contemporary art fair ArteFiera
- Bologna is the home of tortellini - small, ring-shaped pasta filled with minced meat that is served in a chicken brodo or with a cream sauce. According to legend, the tortellini are said to imitate the navel of the Roman goddess of love Venus .
- Another classic pasta from Bologna is tagliatelle , ribbon pasta made with egg, which is traditionally served with ragù alla bolognese , a sauce with minced meat and tomatoes. The spaghetti bolognese was inspired by the Bolognese tagliatelle al ragù, but it does not belong to the cuisine of Bologna, but probably originates from North America .
- Another specialty from Bologna is mortadella , a sliced pork sausage that is eaten cut into wafer-thin slices.
- Bologna is also known for its green lasagna .
With the university founded in 1088, Bologna is home to the oldest institution of its kind in Europe. The approximately 80,000 students make up a significant part of the city's population with a total population of around 400,000 and shape the city, especially within the historic city walls. The city is popular not only with students from all parts of Italy, but also with foreign students. In addition to Erasmus students, these are mainly students from the USA.
There is also the Academy of Fine Arts in the city , where Giorgio Morandi taught and Enrico Marconi completed an apprenticeship. The SAIS Bologna Center is a branch of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University . Bologna was the location of the Bologna Declaration in 1999 and namesake of the Bologna Process for the reform and standardization of the European Higher Education Area .
- The Bologna airport in the northwest of the city is well connected nationally and internationally by various airlines also from Germany. Some low-cost airlines frequent Forlì airport, which is about 60 km away, as Bologna-Forlì airport .
Rail: Bologna is also one of the largest rail hubs in Italy.
- Its main train station is the Bologna Centrale train station . This was built in 1864 and redesigned by Gaetano Ratti just ten years later . In 1926 it was expanded to include the western platforms , and in 1934 also on the eastern side. In 2013, the complementary underground station for high-speed traffic Bologna Centrale AV ( AV for Alta Velocità ) was opened.
- The Bologna San Donato marshalling yard has a head-shaped system that is very rare for marshalling yards and is located on the bypass (Cintura) in the northeast of the city. It is the largest marshalling yard in Italy.
- Bologna is also connected to the A1 ( Milan - Rome ), A13 (to Padua ) and A14 (Bologna - Taranto ) motorways .
The Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding SpA is based in the Borgo Panigale district .
The city's best- known football club is the seven-time Italian champions FC Bologna , which was one of the most successful in Italy, especially in the period before the Second World War . It plays its home games at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara from the World Cup soccer was a venue for two, and still plays a relegation to Serie B 2013/14, since the season 15/16 back in the first quality series A. In Basketball is the city with Virtus and Fortitudo is home to two clubs that can boast successes on a national and continental level.
Famous personalities of the city are included in the list of personalities of the city of Bologna .
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- Tuzla , Bosnia and Herzegovina , since July 21, 1994
- Valencia , Spain , since March 27, 1976
- Zagreb , Croatia , since May 5, 1963
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