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Information about BOLOGNA Bologna has a long and proud history as a place many wished to conquer but few could subjugate. The town, now renamed Boronia, was a Roman colony for over 400 years until the empire fell into decline and Boronia was attacked from the north by a succession of barbarian tribes: Visigoths, Huns, Goths and Lombards. Powerful rival families within Bologna sided with the Popes or the Emperor, often resulting in bitter civil war. In 1860 Bologna and the rest of the region joined the newly formed Kingdom of Italy. After the second world war, the city became a centre of radical politics, and a longtime supporter of the Democratici di Sinistri, the leading democratic party of the left.Surrounded by hills, the city's centre is still much as it was during the Renaissance: dusky red-coloured buildings, wide piazzas and covered walkways with floors laid with marble. Bologna provides the best of several worlds; as well as its beautiful piazzas, churches and museums, this thriving university town is filled with cafes, bars and nightlife. It also happens to be something of a gastronomic haven, famous for its pasta, sausage, cheese, wine and gelato. The University of Bologna is Europe's oldest, and an international centre for academic conferences and publishing. The students give the city its well-earned reputation for radicalism. Bologna is known throughout Italy for its delicious food and its reputation is well deserved. The restaurants, bars, cafés and squares in Bologna are brimming with youth, life and atmosphere and there is a full calendar of festivals and events, including a mixture of concerts, art exhibitions and theatrical performances, including ballet and opera.
 
Available Trades in BOLOGNA ARCHITECTS - DESIGNERS - ENGINEERS & SURVEYORS
ART - ANTIQUES & HANDICRAFTS
BANKING - FINANCING & INSURANCE
BARS - RESTAURANTS - CAFES - CLUBS & CATERING
BUSINESS SERVICES
CHEMICALS & PHARMACEUTICALS
CLOTHING - TEXTILES & ACCESSORIES
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
EDUCATION & TRAINING
ENERGY - GAS - ELECTRICITY &WATER - SERVICES
FOOD - BEVERAGE & NEWSAGENTS
HEALTH & BEAUTY
HOUSE & GARDEN
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS
JEWELLERS & WATCHMAKERS
MECHANIC - HYDRAULIC & PNEUMATIC INDUSTRY
MEDICINE & MEDICAL SERVICES
MUSIC - LITERARY - ARTISTIC & CULTURAL ACTIVITES
OPTICIANS & HEARING AIDS
PHOTOGRAPHY
RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES & FUNERAL SERVICES
SALES & SERVICES - MAIL ORDER & E-SHOPPING
SCIENCE - INVESTIGATION & DEVELOPMENT
SERVICES & AGENCIES
SOUND RECORDING - EVENT STAGING & PRODUCTION
SPORTS & OUTDOOR PURSUITS
TECHNOLOGY & TECHNICAL SERVICES
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TRADE & BUSINESS - IMPORT-EXPORT & WHOLESALER
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ITALIA

General Information
Capital: Rome
Area: 301,230 km2
Population: 60,157,214 (April 2009).
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz
IDD: +39
Emergency number: 112/113
Timezone: +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region), French (minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area).

Government
Government: Republic

Religion
Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 USD = 66.8534 EUR GBP = 110.480 EUR CHF = 66.1543 EUR

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-17.00

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Country roads: 90/110 km/h, Motorways: 130 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years.

Driving License
Driving License: EU pink format licences are valid in Italy but old-style green licences (without photos) must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany, Easter Monday (variable), Apr 25 Liberation Day, May 1 Labor Day, Aug 15 Assumption Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 25/26 Christmas Day/St. Stephen"s Day

Climate
Climate: Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A781114182225252116129
P7162575146371521639912993
S44678911108644
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800/ 3G 2100 & HSPA

GPS
GPS: 41 54 N, 12 29 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat: 08.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.30. Food shops are often closed Wednesday afternoon.


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