Bologna, the head town of Emilia Romagna district, is in the Padana plain at 54 mt. above sea level. It has 450,000 inhabitants. The city, originally called Felsina, was founded in the 6th century B.C. by the Etruscans.
From the medieval centre of the city still surrounded by walls at the beginning of the XX century (due to the modern city expansion, they were partly pulled down) the streets open radially on the Roman town geometriacal urban network. Bologna is famous for its monuments among those the Two Towers Asinelli and Garisenda, the church of the patron saint of the city, San Petronio and for its 40 km of porticoes (building archades), really something unique.
Bologna is also a very important commercial and industrial city being at the centre of the railway system. Many important trade exhibitions are held in town throughout the year.
Bologna is also a very lively city due to the University of Bologna, the many cultural events held here and for all types of entertainment offered.
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Casalecchio di Reno is a town of 35.091 inhabitants, situated in the Province of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. Casalecchio's name is derived from Casaliculum (collection of little houses), and from the presence of the Reno River. The site has archaeological treasures dating from the Paleolithic and Villanovan eras; Etruscan remains have also been found. The Battle of Casalecchio took place here on June 26, 1402. Casalecchio was heavily damaged by Allied bombers during World War II.
The Reno is a river of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. It is the tenth longest river in Italy (the sixth longest of those which flow directly into the sea) and the most important of the region apart from the Po. The name of the river has the same etymology as the German Rhein (Rhine River), as both derive from a Celtic word meaning "flowing (of water)".
Do not miss out to visit Tizzano heremitage, it lies on the first hills over Casalecchio and provides a very wide panorama of Bologna town from above. It is the right way to relax both body and mind.
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