Many Italians would like to live in Bologna, a city with one the best qualities of life in the country, provides public services first and a huge range of cultural activities. In Bologna was founded the oldest university in Europe, which receives every year thousands of students from around the world. Traffic in the city centre is limited, and many people use bikes to move around. The many arcades above the pavements, furthermore, seem an extension of the private living rooms, giving an original and warm atmosphere to the city’s social exchange. Bologna is also an ideal place to learn Italian, where it is easy to make contact with the people. Bologna is big enough not to be provincial but not too big to have lost the human quality of social relations still to be found in the province.