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The Familiar Nicknames of Bologna

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Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy and its history dates back to at least 1000 B.C. In the course of time, Bologna has earned various nicknames. But La Rossa, La Dotta, and La Grassa sound most familiar as they present the most prominent features of this wonderful city.

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Cologne: In Search of the Legendary Scent

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I guess most of us have seen the words Eau de Cologne at least once. But have you ever wondered where these words came from? Over time, the original meaning of the words has been slightly altered. But it is still used to describe a scent that has become a legend. And Cologne (Köln in German) is where that legend began.

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Lake Como: The Jewel of Lombardy

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Just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Milan, you will find yourself in an idyllic scenery where a deep blue lake is set in the shadow of snow-covered Alps, hemmed in by steep, wooded hills and dotted by colorful houses, exquisite villas, and palaces. That is Lago di Como (Lake Como) – the jewel of Lombardy.

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Viennese Coffee Culture: A Way of Life

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Apart from the imperial palaces, Vienna is also globally known for its coffee culture. Through centuries, the Viennese has elevated the hot beverage into art and its consumption into a delightful way of life. And a traditional Wiener Café (Viennese cafe) is more than an ordinary coffee shop. It is a cultural establishment in which Vienna’s dolce vita is reflected.

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Saint Gall: A Cultural Gem in Eastern Switzerland

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Having neither a stunning blue lake like Lucerne nor impressive snow-capped mountains, the town of Saint Gall in eastern Switzerland might not be high on the list of the country’s top destinations. However, if you walk inside the Abbey of Saint Gall with its unmistakable twin towers, you can discover a true cultural gem.

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Oslo: A Culture Trip to Norway’s Capital

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Speaking of Norway, it’s not difficult to imagine a picturesque landscape with dense green forests, impressive fjords, and mountains. Against such wonderful scenery, it’s easy to forget that man can be artistic as well. That’s why many visitors were left surprised to discover that Oslo’s cultural scene is so abundant, with museums and galleries rivaling any metropolis in Europe.

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Burano Island: A Symphony of Colors

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Bright and shockingly colorful, Isola di Burano (Burano Island) looks for all the world as though it has come straight out of a children’s storybook. Each house exudes a peculiar charm as they dance along the water edge and reflect their bright-colored shadows in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.

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Lucerne: A Picturesque Lakeside City

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Owning a pristine blue lake, a glamorous promenade, and an old town that is as lovely as a children’s book, it is no difficult to understand why Lucerne attracts so many visitors. Its name is derived from the Latin word Luciaria, which means “the city of light” – a popular sobriquet for this stunning lakeside city.

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