7 Facts About Bologna

1. The University of Bologna remains one of the most respected and dynamic post-secondary educational institutions in Italy.

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2. The current birth rate of Bologna is 8.07 births per 1,000 inhabitants compared to the Italian average of 9.45 births.

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3. Economy of Bologna is characterized by a flourishing industrial sector, traditionally centered on the transformation of agricultural and zootechnical products, machinery (Coesia, IMA), energy (Hera Group), automotive (Ducati, Lamborghini), footwear, textile, engineering, chemical, printing and publishing (il Mulino, Monrif Group, Zanichelli).

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4. In 1977 Bologna was the scene of rioting linked to the Movement of 1977, a spontaneous political movement of the time.

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5. In the post-war years, Bologna became a thriving industrial centre as well as a political stronghold of the Italian Communist Party.

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6. In the last decades of the 19th century, Bologna once again thrived economically and socially.

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7. At this time, Bologna had ninety-six convents, more than any other Italian city.

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