Bologna’s nickname of ‘the learned city' isn’t just because it’s home to the oldest university in the world; amongst the locals you’ll find plenty of writers, lecturers, musicians and artists who are passionate about their city’s culture and literary heritage. So with a like-minded local, explore the literary side of Bologna and discover its independent bookshops, incredible libraries and an ancient archeological site that the city library is built upon! Hear unique stories about the city’s famous authors and see the places that inspired them, and enjoy a coffee or aperitivo in a cafe or bar that’s loved by local students and writers.
Join a Local Host who is a fellow literature lover to discover Bologna’s incredibly rich literary history and immerse yourself in the local culture through exploring famous sites, unique independent bookstores and spectacular libraries. Stroll through a neighbourhood famed for its literary roots, and see for yourself the enchanting places that have inspired Bologna’s writers and film makers. The city has a unique book culture, and each of its independent bookshops have a unique personality and soul; so discover the places that are loved by locals, where you can not only by books but exchange them! Discover the city’s incredible libraries, many of which are linked to Bologna’s university which was founded in 1088 and is the oldest in the world, like the city library which is built upon an ancient archeological site.