“There are two types of men in this world: those who stay home, and those who do not.” – Rudyard Kipling
Why do we travel?
I guess we belong to the second type. We travel…that’s what we do!
We travel to keep our eyes and mind open. We travel to stay humble, to constantly stretch our limits, to challenge ourselves with the unknown.
We travel to have fun, we travel to learn about others cultures and make new friends in this wide world of ours.
Yes, we do believe that the world belongs to us, to all of us, it belongs to you too!
There are many places to go, many experiences to live, many people to get to know. We travel to throw away our prejudices and change our mind about what we think we know about a place and its people.
When we travel we keep in mind the importance of honoring the traditions and the people of the places we travel to, we believe in a responsible tourism that gives something back to the communities and that respects the environment.
But we do not travel all the time, we stay home sometimes, and we love home, we love Italy, our country, our culture, our food, and we’d like to share this passion with you. Together, we’d like to see what Italy is really about!
Our aim is to give you the most authentic local experience, we’d like to come and stay with us in this beautiful city of Bologna which is our home and go back to your home country with life-lasting memories, new friends, and real-life experiences.
Our culture goes through our food, that’s why we have designed activities that involve cooking, eating and drinking. Surely with all the food and drinks, we do need to exercise, that’s why we have our morning running tour along Bologna historical center so to burn off all the pasta and wine and tiramisu and pizza, and..! Our culture also goes through our language, so we thought of some Italian classes that can give you some insights into it. Our culture is many other things, it is fashion, it is a Sunday stroll along the streets of Bologna downtown, it is centuries of history. We’d like for you to experience and understand all that Italy really is, not the stereotype pizza, spaghetti and mandolino but the real Italy with the real Italians!
We offer you unique experiences, whether you decide to spend a week or two with us, or just a few hours. You will get involved in the local lifestyle and have fun.
All of this in the respect of the local people, economy, and environment!
So what are you waiting for? Close your guidebook and come to discover Bologna with us!
We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to build bridges across cultures and countries by promoting the Italian culture and create a community that goes beyond borders.
First of all because we, the locals, are awesome but if this is not enough for you what about its rich history, culture and culinary delights? You may have heard some of her nicknames, like“La Rossa” (the “Red One”), because of the rust-colored medieval buildings. Bologna was founded by the Etruscan and late on became a Roman Province.
During middle-age Bologna experienced a period of great prosperity, becoming an important commercial and cultural center, in the XIII century the city had expanded so to be the fifth most populated city in all Europe and was the most developed textile industry area in Italy. Its numerous canals made the most advanced waterway system in Europe providing energy for its industry and an efficient means of transport of goods.
Nowadays, Bologna is an important cultural and commercial center and thanks to its strategic location, Bologna Centrale, the railway station is the most important train hubs in Italy, easily reachable from all over thanks to the very modern fast train system. The international airport, Guglielmo Marconi, connects Bologna to the main national and international destinations.
Bologna is also known as “La Grassa”, literally translate as “The Fat One”.
Tortellini, tagliatelle, lasagne , mortadella and many more culinary excellences had made Bologna known around the world. But all of these delicacies taste even more delicious thanks to the friendliness and great sense of hospitality of its inhabitants. The passion and proud we have for our city make it the perfect place for visitors that like to learn about our culture and traditions while making new international friends.
Indeed Bologna, while away from the beaten tracks and unspoiled by the mass tourism is yet a very vibrant, cosmopolitan city. Its university, the oldest one in the western world, attracts young people from all over the world, making Bologna an exciting melting pot. The university since its opening in 1088 has been attended by many great students like Dante and Petrarca to mention few and has gained another nickname to Bologna, “La Dotta” which means “The Savant”. Nowadays 80.000 students attend the university making Bologna a very bustling city.
What’s more, if you have a passion for motors, in Bologna you can visit the museums of Lamborghini and Ducati, and Modena with the mythical Ferrari is less than half an hour away.