La grassa - e.g. "fats" - so is called the city Bologna, capital of the Emilia Romagna, among the Italians.
We didn't figure out if this would be an allusion to the rich dishes or if you leave this city with some kilos more on your belly (because the cuisine is definitely delicate).
Well, be it as it may be, at the bottomline it makes no difference.
Because the truth is: Bologna is definitely worth a visit, including one of its restaurants.
The university town at the foot of the Apennines owes its attractive appearance to a plethora of arches under which you can comfortably stroll around or go shopping at any weather conditions. Or sit outside in a restaurant in one of the many alleys, passages and spaces.
The landmarks are the Torre Garisenda and the Torre Asinelli, the so called "gender towers": Built in 1300 these were the tallest buildings in Europe at this time. Unfortunate only that they are the last two of 180 towers (the most of them were torn down in the 19th century).
The special charm of this town derives from its center: The Piazza Maggiore, the Neptune Fountain and the impressive but unfinished Basilica San Petronio.
Long is the list of prominent Bolognesi that made something out of their lifes:
- Pierluigi Collina, Referee
- Luigi Galvani, Doctor, anatomist and biophysician
- Lodovico Carracci, Painter
- Giovan Battista Caprara, cardinal, archbishop, duke, senator
- Benedikt XIV., pope
- Carlo Grassi, cardinal
- Gregor XIII., pope
- Gregor XV., pope
- Innozenz IX., pope
- Giorgio Morandi, painter
- Pier Paolo Pasolini, film director and poet
- Ottorino Respighi, composer
- Christian Vieri, soccer hero
- Parma, ham