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World’s Oldest University? University of Bologna in Italy

Monday, December 9th, 2013

If you happen to be visiting Bologna, Italy you will be captivated by the wildly historic significance of this charming city. You will most probably visit the University of Bologna, which is by no means an ordinary university. Not only is it considered the first and oldest university in the world, it was also credited with the first Latin term, ‘universitas’ which means university.

University of Bologna Italy(photo by: Roberto Taddeo)

You can imagine how wondrous it is it walk along the paved walkways of an institution that has seen an illustrious lineup of alumni such as Pope Alexander VI, the Italian philosopher Umberto Eco and the renown Afghan law professor Hamida Barmaki, just to name a few. Even more amazing is the fact that it was founded in the year 1088! It is a huge part of Bologna’s history and is acknowledged for placing Bologna squarely on the map.

Over 10,000 students attend the university, which has 23 schools, and branches in several Italian cities, including one in Buenos Aires, Brazil. As you tour the city, you will notice the university’s close relationship with other aspects of the city such as the churches and the residents’ casual references to it. Even the Italian reference of Bologna as “La Dotta, la Grassa, la Rossa” is related to the university as “La Dotta” means “the educated”.

Whether you are in the city for business or pleasure, you will find comfort and convenience at any of the business hotels in Bologna, Italy. Most of them are conveniently located at the heart of the city, near the university and other attractions such as museums and churches. You can stroll around the city and explore the university’s history and enjoy its remarkable architecture.

With a wealth of historical charm, fascinating piazzas, delicious cuisine and home to the oldest university in the world, Bologna is a city that has a lot to offer. So why not visit the University of Bologna and experience the unique blend of the contemporary and traditional lifestyle here


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Venere Travel Blog writer anna lia gerardi

I love travelling and writing about my experiences. From my early years I have kept a passion for different cultures and habits and for languages. I speak Italian and Spanish fluently, alongside my native English, and after many years of roaming around I have established myself in beautiful Rome. Google+

2 responses to “World’s Oldest University? University of Bologna in Italy”

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  1. Spencer Star says:
    December 19th, 2013 at 12:02

    I believe that the University of Bologna has about 80,000 students enrolled, not 10,000. I live in Bologna part-time and will be back there in March 2014. If you happen to be in Bologna after March, let me know. I’ll be glad to share thoughts on the best hidden spots in Bologna with you.

  2. Joseph says:
    August 6th, 2014 at 11:12

    I am wowed by the history of the university and it has increased my travel appetite to see and feel that historical landmark

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