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Bologna is called the “ turrita” ( turreted), or the medieval Bologna of the two towers, of dentesque memory. Of the approximately 100 towers built in Bologna around the twelfth century nowadays there remain 24, unmistakable presence of the urban fabric. The Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna ( formerly University of Bologna), is the oldest university in Europe. Despite the early known editions of university statutes date back to 1317, a thriving law school had already existed since the eleventh century: according to some historians the year of foundation is 1088, date set on the occasion of the eight centenary by a committe chaired by Giosuè Carducci; The founder is considered to be Irnerio, allegedly died before 1125. The arcades of Bologna represent an important architectural and cultural heritage for the city and they are its symbol along with the several towers. There is not another city boasting as many arcades as Bologna. Only in the historic centre they measure 38 km altogether, while including also the ones outside the historic city walls they amount to 53km. Due to their artistic and cultural significance, the arcades of Bologna are a cultural italian candidate as a “World Heritage Site” by the Unesco.