Bologna was awarded "European Cultural Capital" for the year 2000, the first university was founded here, and Mozart took musical lessons here, if these reasons are not enough to get you excited for the plethora of top-quality performance arts to be expected in Bologna, what will?

Opera lovers will fawn over the gorgeous Teatro Comunale which is the place to see opera. Their website is in Italian only, but you can send an email to: boxoffice@comunalebologna.it.

The following theaters are also great options for plays, music, and a variety of artistic performances:

These are just a few of many; be sure to ask information desks, your tour guide, locals, or your hotel, for recommendations of the best performances during your stay.

Bologna is also home to many artistic festivals. Grandi Interpreti is a running concert series from April through June. The sheer length of this celebration gives note to the city's spirit! The Bologna Festival is another music festival focusing solely on classical music and runs from May through June. For jazz, check out Sintonia d'Assoli from May through July.