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Living in Bologna

vivere-bolognaBologna is a specially adapted place to learn Italian. “The Bolognese people speak the most beautiful spoken Italian” Dante, De Vulgari Eloquentia. The social life is very lively; here, it’s easy to chat with people. Bologna is big enough but it is not provincial and at the same time, it’s not too big and retains the quality of human interaction found in small cities. .…continue>>

Cost of living


Bologna doesn’t cost a lot but when compared with tourist cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, it’s not expensive.

People can have a life outside their home, eat in restaurants, buy well-cut clothes even with modest salaries. A pensione (small hotel) costs about 50 Euros per day for a single room. The rooms with our host-families or our private apartments with other course participants in the city centre, are on average moderately priced at 128 Euros per week.

Eating out

mangiar-fuoriIt is possible to eat in a pizzeria or budget restaurant spending 10-15 Euros for a meal with drink. (wine, beer, soft drink). A medium-quality restaurant costs about Euro35 for a complete meal with wine. In Bologna high-quality restaurants are value for money; they cost about 50 Euros. You would find the same quality cuisine for twice the price, in restaurants in tourist cities. In Venice and Milan, a complete meal costs more and the cuisine is not as good as that in Bologna.…continue>>

What to wear

cosa-indossareThe Italian climate varies according to region and season. Winter can be cold and summer hot. In spring and autumn the climate is usually temperate but it may rain! Clothing should be suitable for the seasons and city life. It is worthwhile to have shoes for excursions. Don’t forget your bathing suit if you want go to the seaside in summer!


mercatiMercato di Mezzo (via Clavature),
The zone popular for the Bolognese people is the Quadrilatero, located between Via Clavature, Via Pescherie Vecchie and Via Drapperie. Here, in this 740 square-metre market, stalls selling fruits, vegetables and fresh local food products from the Bolognese region can be found. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 7.00 -13.00 and 16.15 -19.30; Thursday: 7.00-13.00. Sunday and public holiday closed.

Mercato delle Erbe
This covered market dating back to 1910 is located at the end of Via Ugo Bassi…continue>>


shoppingThe luxury shopping zone is located in Via Farini, Portico del Pavaglione, Galleria Cavour (entrance in Via Farini) and part of Via Castiglione, Via S. Stefano, Via Orefici and Strada Maggiore. The medium to high-end shopping zone is instead in Via Rizzoli, Via Ugo Bassi and part of Strada Maggiore. The budget shopping zone is in Via Indipendenza and Piazza VIII Agosto.

Friends, relatives and guests

Friends, relatives and guests of course participants are also welcome. They benefit from the special prices offered to our students in the university’s restaurant, hotels and families. Furthermore they can sometimes take part in the programme as guests, even if they are not registered.


trasportiPublic transport (bus) costs 1.30 Euro in the city; tickets can be purchased in tabacs, or on buses at the price of 1.50 Euro. Regional trains are frequent and cheap enough, whereas fast trains are more expensive.