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Bologna for Connoisseurs Spring 2014 - Issue 6

Bologna City | City Guide

Bologna has been rated Italy’s third most livable city – a good seven spots up from where it was last year.

These results, from the Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore’s annual survey, provide a snapshot of the country based on 36 different indicators. This is yet another authoritative affirmation that Bologna is among Europe’s most culturally interesting cities, not to mention one with the power to overcome the many challenges of international competition.

Great efforts have been made, and they have yielded tangible results. A mere glimpse of Bologna in all its glory, with all lights blazing, says it all. And if that doesn’t suffice, then discovering the new events in the city’s calendar will.

The grand exhibition of art from the Dutch Golden Age is attracting throngs of connoisseurs and visitors from every corner of the globe. Just inaugurated at Palazzo Fava, it is the sole European stop for that most celebrated of paintings, Girl with a Pearl Earring (page 42).

But this is only the first in a list of Bologna’s equally-formidable feats in the realm of culture, such as: the recently-finished restoration of the magnificent Saint Petronius Cathedral, one of the largest churches in Christendom (page 18); the charm of the longest arcade in the world, that of San Luca – which is soon to become a Unesco world heritage site, thanks to the 42 kilometres of arcades that make the city of the Two Towers unique (page 34); the story of private companies that give prestige and soul to the area, with Mast, an avant-garde, company-owned cultural centre, and the Golinelli Foundation, which now celebrates 25 years of scientific innovation (pages 56 and 62).

Last, but not least, Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has come to Bologna, where she was finally presented with two prestigious honours from the municipality and the university: honorary citizenship and an honorary degree in Philosophy (page 52).

These are all signs that Bologna is becoming more international – and that it is moving in the right direction.

 

 

 

Letter from the Editor Anna Maria Catano

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