The quintessence of Bologna is reflected in its three nicknames – La Rossa (the Red One) for its terracotta medieval houses, La Dotta (the Learned One) for the oldest European University and La Grassa (the Fat One) for its rich and delicious cuisine. Considered a second most beautiful Italian city after Venice, Bologna has a flabbergasting mix of historical and modern architecture, well-preserved covered porticos and urban-looking graffiti-marred streets, warm terracotta houses and luxurious villas. It is also a UNESCO-listed Creative City of Music. Strolling along the streets of Bologna, one can hear the sounds of live music flowing from the doors of virtually every pub and restaurant. Ask your professional tour guide about the concerts and performances taking place at the time of your visit – it is something worth listening to! Explore Bologna on a private guided walking tour starting with the heart of the city - Piazza Maggiore. From there, you can easily access the Basilica of San Petronio, the Palazzo del Podesta, and the City Hall. Stroll down the picturesque Via Rizzoli opening up to Piazza di porta Ravegnana. Take a picture of a Bologna’s symbol – the lovely Fountain of Neptune. Find out about the history and famous alumni of the ages-old University of Bologna and visit the popular University Quarter where you can grab a bite before proceeding with the sights. Drop by at Palazzo Comunale to appraise an extensive collection of Renaissance artwork and marvel at the huge main staircase built specifically for horse-drawn carriages. Check the delightful view of the city opening from St.Lukes Basilica and admire the iconic Madonna di San Luca held here. There is a bunch of museums in Bologna to cater all tastes. Talk to your tourist guide about your preferences – maybe you would like to relish the paintings at the National Gallery or pose next to the shiny cars at the Lamborghini Museum. Bologna has everything to satisfy the most squeamish visitor.