Bologna is young, urban and hip. Yet the beautiful Old Town and traditional cuisine make a language study trip to Bologna an unforgettable experience.
Bologna remains somewhat off the tourist radar. The city is home to Europe's oldest university and is thus a very popular place to study. Attracting some 80,000 students per year, the city boasts a youthful, alternative and hip vibe – in contrast to many other Italian cities. There are countless little boutiques and art galleries, as well as vintage and other markets. You can enjoy an aperitivo in a different location every day thanks to the unparalleled array of bars and cafés. A language study trip to Bologna won't disappoint in the culinary stakes either – the cuisine here is among the best in Italy.
However, to describe Bologna purely as a student city would not do justice to its historic beauty. Its Medieval Old Town is one of the best preserved and most impressive in Europe. The skyline is dominated by the city's two most famous towers, Garisenda and Asinelli. The latter stands almost 100 metres tall and rewards visitors who climb its 500 or so steps with fantastic views of the city. You will also be enchanted by the city's many arcades, including the four kilometre-long covered walkway to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca basilica church. This is the world's longest arcade and is sure to remain in your memory long after your language study trip to Bologna.