People get into endless debates about the “best” of all the Italian cities. Is Rome better than Florence or Venice better than Milan? It is impossible to pick the best city in Italy but it is definitely possible to categorize them a bit. Two Italian cities have won “best” labels this month – Bologna for livability and Turin for environmental sustainability.
A survey conducted by the daily newspaper Il Sole-24 ore concludes that Italians think the northern city of Bologna (see photo) has the best quality of life. While tourists might know Bologna for its incredible Italian cuisine (many Italians might vote it the best place to eat in Italy), it is also host to the oldest university in the world, which was founded in 1088.
Another city in northern Italy, Turin, has been selected as the country’s most environmentally sustainable city. The Euromobility Association lauds Turin for its public transportation, gas-powered vehicles and bike-sharing programs. Travelers will find Turin is home to a variety of noteworthy sites including the Shroud of Turin, the National Cinema Museum, the Egyptian Museum and many historic chocolate shops! Foodies will appreciate that Turin’s and the larger region of Piedmont are home to the Slow Food Movement.
By Kathy McCabe
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