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Bologna — Promises to diet turn to dust in Bologna. To visit and not sample the city's culinary delights Bolognese sauce and tortellini, for example is to essentially miss the point (and, yes, bologna sausage, really mortadella in Italy, originated here). Located in Northern Italy’s Po Valley, Bologna is also a college town, home to the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world, and a center for vibrant left-wing politics, which means the city is constantly buzzing with creative activity like lectures, exhibitions, and art shows. Add to the list a large selection of free museums, hundreds of bars and affordable restaurants, efficient public transportation, and stunning fringe neighborhoods – some gardened with portico-covered paths – and Bolonga starts to seem irresistible.

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For Bologna’s culinary legacy, rollicking nightlife, stunning medieval and Renaissance architecture, progressive ideals, and rich history.

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