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Bologna, which is a city whose citizens are known for being friendly and welcoming, was characterized in the past not only by the fact that the oldest university in the world was founded there, but also because of its Talmudic Academies, its important Teachers of the Torah, and its printing of Jewish religious books.

From Paola Foschi, expert in the History of Bologna

The striking beauty of the portico of the Gombruti residence, situated in a rather dark and silent street of Bologna’s city center, surely arouses the curiosity of those who happen to pass by. The careful observer would be eager to know who built it, when its delicate capitals of its columns were carved and why they were not made of wood like most other porticos of the time, and how such a particular creation could have arisen among all of Bologna’s famous porticos altogether.