Why choosing Bologna?
Visiting Bologna is like being catapulted back in time. With its arcades and elegant Medieval architecture, Bologna remains one of the few Italian cities preserving an historic centre that has remained almost unchanged over time. Small craftsmen's shops and cafés on every corner embellish the small streets of the historic centre. World-famous for its ancient university, the city is a celebration of diversity and inclusion, making everybody feel welcomed: while walking under its famous UNESCO heritage porticos, it will be easy to hear many different languages thanks to the presence of students and young people from all the continents. And if it isn't enough, thanks to its strategic position and great railway network, Bologna can be also your starting point for 1-day trip adventures to other famous cities like Florence and Venice.
Erasmus Teacher Trainings in Bologna
If you choose to join our Erasmus teacher training courses in Bologna, you will have the chance of admiring amazing religious architectures like the Basilica di San Petronio and Santo Stefano church and explore the National Art Gallery with works by Tiziano and Raffaello, among others. You can also enjoy the typical Italian Aperitivo drinking a "Spritz" under the Two Towers accompanied by a board of regional cheese and cured meats, before heading to dinner in a local trattoria and have a taste of the real tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce, a meat based pasta sauce called in Italian ragù alla Bolognese. And if you feel in the right mood, plenty of bars with live music await you to conclude your night in the best way!
Erasmus Learning Academy in Bologna
Bologna is the largest city (and the capital) of Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy. In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture and in 2006, a UNESCO “city of music”. Thanks to its strategic position, Bologna Centrale railway station is possibly the most important train hub in Italy, connecting Rome (2 hours), Florence (30 mins), Milan (45 mins) and Venice (85 mins).
ELA - Erasmus Learning Academy organises teacher training courses for KA121 and KA122 Erasmus plus projects in a residential format: you will be provided with catering and accommodation in the same hotel where the course takes place, enjoying the maximum comfort possible and spending time with fellow teachers and educators from all over Europe. Sit back, relax and enjoy: we will take care of everything, from course activities to a cultural program tailored to your needs.
Top 10 things to do and see in Bologna
1. Piazza Maggiore and San Petronio
As the central square in Bologna, Piazza Maggiore is surrounded by some of the most important buildings and streets of the city. A beautiful church overlooks the square: the Basilica of San Petronio, dedicated to the city’s patron. The square is also famous for the summer outdoor cinema, in which many world wide famous directors participate with their new movies.
3. The university district
Bologna is famous throughout the world for being the oldest university headquarters of the world. Piazza Verdi is certainly the hub of the university area and is the meeting point preferred by the students. Nearby there are many points of cultural and historical interest, the Teatro Comunale, the Academy of Fine Arts, Palazzo Poggi and the Museo della Specola are an example.
5. Visiting the sanctuary of San Luca
The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca is located on an hill at a height of about 600 meters and its majestic structure dominates Bologna from above. You can reach it comfortably by bus or walk the longest porticos in the world on the way to via Saragozza. Whatever your choice at the top is the panoramic terrace where you can admire the beautiful panorama.
7. Two Towers: Asinelli and Garisenda
Located in the city center, the Two Towers are the iconic symbol of Bologna. They take their names from influent families who ruled the city trade and economy in the past. The tallest, called Asinelli, is not only beautiful to see, but can be climbed to the top. The panorama you will enjoy is wonderful, you will be enchanted by seeing the city from above and the life flowing below you.
9. "Little Venice" in via Piella
Thought it might seem impossibile, Bologna is actually located on river and only few places in the city give you the possibility to have a peek at river "Aposa". One of the most famous spots is in Via Piella: through the tiny window always open called "Finestrella", you can enjoy the most and picturesque view called "Little Venice", due to its resemblance with the most famous city of canals.
2. Santo Stefano
Piazza Santo Stefano is one of the most fascinating squares in Italy. The complex of Seven Churches overlooking the square is certainly a masterpiece of religious architecture. Sometimes you see people sitting on the walls while drinking a coffee or a glass of wine. It is a good way to enjoy the beauty of this square.
4. Tasting traditional products and aperitif
It’s 6 o’clock, time for aperitivo! Luckily, there is a wide selection of bars and restaurants to choose where you can taste the delicious traditional cuisine. If you are near Piazza Maggiore you should get lost in the Quadrilatero, a maze of narrow streets once known as Mercato di Mezzo (Middle Market) where craftsmen sold their goods. Its streets maintain the charm of old time while hosting modern stores and international luxury brands. Another place where you can have a good aperitivo is the Mercato delle Erbe. Born as a fruit and vegetable market, in recent years some areas of the market have evolved into restaurants and finger food shops, offering a wide variety of Bologna dishes and good wine.
6. The porticoes of Bologna
Even if it is raining, you can visit Bologna without too much of a hitch. Of course, Bologna porticoes are not famous for this reason, but it is a good point especially during the rainy autumn. Defined as private property for public use, the porticoes have become an expression and element of Bologna’s urban identity. Because of their cultural and artistic significance, in 2021 the porticoes of Bologna have been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
8. The Montagnola street market
In the Montagnola park and Piazza VIII Agosto every Saturday and Sunday there is a weekly market called Piazzola market. A popular general store where there is loud to a colourful spectacle. The Piazzola is the weekly meeting for those who love the true flavour of the market.
10. Bologna's parks
You can enjoy your sunny days in Bologna in several gardens and parks. Villa Ghigi is a huge park on the hills behind Porta San Mamolo. From via Saragozza you can enter the gate of Villa Spada park. If you have enough energy, you can climb the 300 steps and arrive at 300 scalini, a nice place to relax with a bag of chips, something to drink and get the best view of San Luca.