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The Nicknames of Bologna

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 names, 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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Florence & The Art of Soap Making

For centuries, Florence was known as the centre of European art, culture and architecture. It was here that the Renaissance was born and flourished, and many legendary artists had made this place home. However, the city on the Arno River was also famous for the crafting skill of its artisans. From gold, leather to common items such as soap, the Florentine really knew how to turn ordinary stuff into works of art.

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