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Bologna, with its 35 km of porticos, has always been one of the most fascinating cities in Italy. It has maintained its history and characteristics and also that veil of mystery that other Italian cities have unfortunately lost, because of mass tourism. Bologna has maintained its ancient charm thanks to the urban transformations at the end of the 19th century, which favoured closed spaces and small squares and corners, in agreement with the new urban aesthetics, instead of large and straight road axes. This reinterpretation of the medieval town contributed to create the modern city. In the last few years, Bologna has gone through some architectural interventions which have transformed it into a contemporary town without altering its ancient charm. The symbol of Bologna is the two towers, Torre degli Asinelli and Torre Garisenda and, according to the local beliefs, one can only enter the towers after graduation. Next to the towers there is Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city, surrounded by elegant ancient buildings, such as Porticato del Vignola, Basilica di San Petronio and the Fountain of Neptune by Giambologna.

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