Oldest University in europe, Bologna

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Bologna: the alternative city

This is the website of travel writer, Michael Turtle. After working in broadcast journalism for a decade in Australia, Michael left Sydney to travel the world indefinitely and write about his discoveries.

Living in Bologna, Italy

Every few weeks I seem to find a city that I think I could live in for a while. These decisions are always accompanied with pronouncements to anyone nearby. “You know what? I think I could spend a bit of time here. It’s got a great vibe about it, ” is normally how it goes.

bologna, italy, emilia romagna, world's oldest university, young italians, italian youth (1)The poor people who have been pronounced at normally mutter polite affirmations but, I assume, think I’m only saying this because I’ve been caught up in the moment. Perhaps they’re right – I can’t even remember half the cities I’ve said that about.

Perhaps my impression of Bologna will change after time has rubbed away the sheen of my week there. Or maybe it really is one of Italy’s best undiscovered cities.

I use the word ‘undiscovered’ in a relative sense. By that, I mean it is no Rome, Florence, Venice or Milan. It is not swarming with tourists and hawkers. It has not sacrificed its soul for the foreign dollar. If anything, it has nurtured a soul in harmony with its rich history and its poor student population.

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I’ve dubbed it ‘The Alternative City’. Not just because it is an alternative for the travellers who are looking for something to explore away from the tourist hotspots. Not just because it is an alternative place to stay for those who would like a base to visit places like Florence, Milan and or even the beach. But also because the young student population is at the forefront of the alternative Italian lifestyle that’s emerging in the 21st century.

You can see it in the streets with the fashion and the haircuts. But it’s at a deeper level that the real shift is happening. Some recent university graduates I speak to one night tell me that many of the young people are moving away (literally) from the older values that insisted they stay at home with their families. This generation is less likely to follow into the family business and more likely to create its own jobs within new economies. Gay and lesbian culture, for instance, is much more acceptable in a city like Bologna and the modern art and music scene is developing much faster here than in other parts of Italy.

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Bologna

2003-06-17 16:47:57 by Mokolembembe7

Often overlooked, Bologna is a gem of city. It not only has the oldest university in Europe (and its smack in the historical center of the city), but it has great food and lovely archetecture and churches. If you're going to northern Italy for two weeks, visiting Bologna for at least two nights is really a must.

Bogolonese cooking

2003-05-10 14:47:11 by love2teach

Yesterday there was a thread on this topic. I wasn't sure whether I was requested to give a recipe for pork soulder done that way or not as the pasta sauce offerd seemed to be accepted.
Anyway, NOTE'S ON THE BOLOGNESE STYLE:
Bologna is host to the oldest university in Europe, has a long tradition and developed a cooking technique with milk (they are northern after all).
Milk is fats, protiens and sugars mostly in emulsion. When cooked a lot, it falls from emulsion, and browns the protiens etc. There are all sorts of things in milk that help tenderize meats it turns out

Yes, the Campo de Fiori is great, many

2004-11-22 21:42:17 by jag

Hotels there and it is the center of the city, you can walk everywhere from there. Check the side streets, lots of small restaurants. Rome is great, I have been there many times in December. The lights on the streets are magic. You will love it.....even if you stay in Rome for all 10 days, you will be fine.
If you want to go out of town, it is a quick train ride to Bologna (often overlooked, the oldest university in europe, great food, friendly people) or farther north to Venezia, so beautiful in the winter.
Have fun. Italy is so lovely.

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