Moving aroundBologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna with more than 400,000 inhabitants. Situated on the South-Eastern side of the Po Valley on the foothills of the Appennini, it is only one hour by train from Florence and two hours by train from Venice. The international airport is approximately 15 minutes (3 miles) from the center by car or taxi. Only a few European cities show such a contrast between picturesque medieval times and busy modern commercial life as vividly as Bologna. Characterized by long porticoes, medieval towers, XIII - XVII century palaces, monumental churches and the warm red color of the brick buildings, this town is interspersed with old arcade streets lined with busy shops, modern theaters and office buildings.