The city of Bologna, the capital of the Emilia Romagna region, is located in a strategic position in the heart of Italy, midway between Milan and Florence. Situated on the edge of the Po Plain at the foot of the Apennine Mountains, the metropolitan area includes 60 Municipalities and has an overall population of almost 1 million inhabitants; about 385,000 of them live within Bologna’s municipal boundaries.
Every part of the city is full of history. Its well–preserved historical city centre is among the largest in Europe. The 40 kilometres of “porticoes” (the arcades) as well as the red bricks of its buildings make Bologna unique. The medieval towers are a hallmark of Bologna, especially the Two Towers, a symbol of the city.
Bologna is one of the most important business cities in Northern Italy. The main reason is that Bologna is a crossroads of goods and people: it is the main rail and highway junction in the country and has a fast-growing international airport (6.1 million passengers in 2013). Its Trade Fair District is among the most important in Italy, hosting 27 trade shows, 16,127 exhibitors, and almost 1 million visitors every year.
Traditional manufacturing industries in the area are: packaging, motor, electronics, fashion, and agro-food. Emerging sectors are: logistics, health and biomedical production, and creative industries. Thanks to an ideal mix of excellence in culture and technology, the city offers a quality of life among the highest in Italy.
The city offers a rich and varied cultural scene, thanks to local institutions and to a multitude of associations that work with them.
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