Alma Mater Fest is discovery!

With a guided tour, this year AMF proposes itineraries to discover Bologna and the places where the Alma Mater was born and raised, from the historical ones to the more recent ones: a journey through arcades, palaces, buildings and renovations.


During the Alma Mater Fest, the University of Bologna organized two guided tours in English for international students who wanted to explore their new University. They were thus able to learn about the history of Unibo through the squares, streets and arcades of Bologna.

Piazza del Nettuno was the starting point of this guided tour. From there you have a view of the various places of the medieval "Studium" of the University: Via d'Azeglio, the Cathedral of San Pietro (Cathedral of San Pietro), the embattled Palazzo dei Notai. Finally, from Piazza Maggiore, also Palazzo D'Accursio, which still bears the name of the famous professor and jurist from Accursio and houses the City Hall.

We then moved on to the Archiginnasio, the first official seat of the University of Bologna. Here we saw the coats of arms painted on the walls that recall the prestige and international vocation that the Alma Mater has had since its early years....

Strolling under the Portico della Morte (Portico of Death) towards the Palazzo della Mercanzia, we relived the typical Bolognese atmosphere of the 'Quadrilatero' with traditional shops and taverns.

Finally, the Due Torri (Two Towers) accompanied us to Via Zamboni, the beating heart of the modern University. Ancient buildings such as Palazzo Malvezzi-Campeggi and Palazzo Poggi are the new headquarters of the University. They are connected to each other and to the rest of the city by the magnificent arcades, recently classified as a World Heritage Site.