XIX SYMPOSIUM NEURORADIOLOGICUM
The World Congress of Diagnostic & Therapeutic Neuroradiology
INFORMATION ABOUT BOLOGNA
Home to the oldest university in the Western world, Bologna is one
of the most developed cities in Italy. Bologna often ranks as one of
the top cities, in terms of quality of life in Italy. This is due to
its strong industrial tradition, its wide range of highly-developed
social services, and its physical location at the crossing-point of
the most important highways and railways in the country.
Bologna remained one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe;
to this day it remains unique in its historic value. The cityscape
is further enriched by elegant and extensive arcades (or porticos),
for which the city is famous. In total, there are some 38 kilometres
of arcades in the city's historical center, which make it possible
to walk for long distances sheltered from rain, snow, or hot summer
Bologna is also home to numerous important churches.
Bologna is a relatively easy city to get around. The centre is
fairly compact and most of the sights are within easy walking. The
city is pedestrianised and offers an excellent bus network and local
railway . Alternatively, if you prefer to be driven around Bologna
there are plenty of taxis, although these can be an expensive way to
travel around Bologna.
Bologna is served by Bologna International Airport, Guglielmo
Marconi Airport (BLQ) and also Forlì Airport (Società Esercizio
Aeroporti). ATC Aerobus connects the city with the airports and
leaves from the train station roughly every 15 or 20 minutes until
BANK AND EXCHANGE
The national currency in Italy is the euro (€). Banks are normally
open Monday to Friday 08.30-13.30 hrs. and 15.00-16.00 hrs. They are
closed on Saturday and Sunday. Many banks have automatic currency
exchange machines that also take credit cards.
Exchange offices at airports and main railway stations are normally
open 06.00 - 22.00 hrs.
The main international credit cards (VISA, American Express, Diners,
Eurocard/Mastercard) are widely accepted in most large retail
outlets, petrol stations, hotels and restaurants. Please beware,
however, that smaller businesses may not accept credit card payment
and you are advised to check prior to purchase.
Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants, but
tips are welcome.
Travellers cheques are best exchanged at an exchange office
("Cambio") as they are not accepted as payment in general stores,
restaurants and hotels. Banks also often decline to change
CLIMATE AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Bologna has a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters.
Average temperature in October is 10°/19°C degree.
European Community passport holders do not need a visa to visit
Italy. Many other nationalities are also exempt for stays of up to 3
months, however, if in doubt we advise you to check before
travelling with your local Italian embassy or consulate.
The most important telephone numbers in case of emergency are: 113
or 112 for calling the police/carabinieri, 115 for the fire brigade,
118 for ambulance service.
Voltage is 220V AC, 50Hz. Plugs have two or three round pins.
Foreign voltage could require an adapter.
FOOD & WINE
Bologna is renowned for its culinary tradition. It has given its
name to the well-known Bolognese sauce, a meat based pasta sauce
called in Italy ragù alla bolognese but in the city itself just ragù
as in Tagliatelle al ragù. Situated in the fertile Po River Valley,
the rich local cuisine depends heavily on meat and cheese. As in all
of Emilia-Romagna, the production of cured pork meat such as
prosciutto, mortadella and salame is
an important part of the local food industry. Well-regarded nearby
vineyards include Pignoletto dei Colli Bolognesi, Lambrusco di
Modena and Sangiovese di Romagna. Tagliatelle al ragù, lasagne,
tortellini served in broth and mortadella, the original Bologna
sausage are among the local specialties.
The four main shopping streets (Via dell'Indipendenza, Via Ugo Bassi,
Via Rizzoli and Via D'Azeglio) lead off Piazza Maggiore in crossroad
formation. All the big-name Italian designers are found here, as
well as a proliferation of antiques and books.
Most shops open 09.30-13.00 hrs and 15.30-19.30 hrs, although the
bigger stores stay open all day.
There is a daily book market in Piazza Maggiore, open in the
mornings during the winter months. An antiques market in Piazza
Santo Stefano is open during normal shopping hours every second
weekend of the month (excluding January, July and August) and a flea
market sets up shop from dawn to dusk, every Friday and Saturday, at
the Parco della Montagnola. A collectors' market, Celo' Celo'
Mamanca, in the former Jewish ghetto, Via Valdonica and Piazza San
Martino, is open every Thursday 09.00-19.00 (excluding July and
For a taste of Bologna, the delectable Mercato delle Erbe, on Via
Ugo Bassi, sells fresh fruit and vegetables every morning
07.15-13.00 and evening 17.00-19.00, except Sunday, and there is a
daily produce market on Via Clavature, east of Piazza Maggiore.
Tamburini, Via Caprarie 1, is the place to buy homemade pasta, local
ham and cheese or to enjoy your meal at the sit-down restaurant at