La Dotta, la Grassa e la Rossa (The Erudite, the Fat and the Red)
These nicknames describe the city of Bologna in all its important aspects, such as history, cuisine, and beauty.
La Dotta – The Erudite: The city has been a major urban centre for centuries, and it was here that the oldest University (as we know them today) was founded, in 1088. Here studied an illustrious list of alumni, such as Dante, Petrarch, and also contemporary personalities such as Umberto Eco.
La Grassa – The Fat: in Italy, every region, every city, and every house has its tradition and typical dishes. And Bologna is often considered an Italian culinary capital for its unique cuisine, which grew and still grows, not only thanks to the local tradition but also because of the constant exchange with other cultures thanks to the big number of students who attend the University.
La Rossa – The Red: surrounded by nature, Bologna’s red roofs are characteristic. Moreover, the red refers also to the 900s history of Bologna, which is famous for the anti-fascist resistance of its citizens.