Bologna’s first elementary school

In 1987, when I was 6 years old, I attended the De Amicis elementary school. It is the oldest one in Bologna. In 1868, when the school was built, Italy was a very young country and “Italian” was a new language to be taught. Indeed, before Italy became a single country, people in Bologna spoke bolognese, a dialect, that is totally different from the language spoken today.

I show you in the video the main entrance that has a typical nineteenth-century classical style.

My elementary school, the first built in Bologna in 1868

The school is located at the edge of the city centre, near the train station and the main public garden. There you can still see one of the 12 city gates, Porta Galliera, dating back to the XIIIth century.

In the area there is a great restaurant where you can taste tortellini, tortelloni or tagliatelle. I love tortelloni tomato and butter!

Tortelloni tomato and butter