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World-renowned for its mouthwatering cuisine, Bologna is also marvelled at for its well-preserved historic centre and miles of charming covered walkways known as 'porticos'. The city is also home to the oldest university in continental Europe, founded in 1088.

Piazza Maggiore lies at the heart of the city's old town, flanked by the Basilica of San Petronio, the City Hall Building, the portico dei Banchi and the Palazzo del Podestà. However, the city's most iconic landmark is its 12th-century towers – Torre degli Asinelli and Torre dei Garisenda – with the latter currently leaning over three metres.

Often referred to as the food capital of Italy, tourists flock to Bologna for a taste of its cured meats and delicious pasta dishes such as tagliatelle al ragù or tortellini stuffed with Parma ham or cheese. You'll also find plenty of lively student-filled pubs, wine bars and typical ‘trattorias’ which are perfect for people watching and enjoying aperitivo.

The city centre is easily reachable from Guglielmo Marconi (Bologna) International Airport, either by taxi or by taking the Aerobus.

Tonight

From £60 per night

Next weekend

From £171 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.54
Language Italian
Average weekend price £69 per night
Average weekday price £68 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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8.0

Great food in almost every corner - pizza, pasta, seafood,...

15 September 2021

Great food in almost every corner - pizza, pasta, seafood, you name it! Loved the porticos under each building in the center, cute little corners to take photos everywhere. Delicious gelato! Easily walkable, not huge distances. So, 2-3 days are more than enough to visit all places. Connections for a day at the beach through train are manageable too. The city is generally not clean. It's a pity, that the municipality leaves huge bins of garbage almost in the middle of the street.

Xheni
Xheni Czech Republic
8.0

The architecture of the city was amazing!

2 September 2021

The architecture of the city was amazing! Perfect for those who love to walk around and get lost in typical Italian streets. There are lots of great places to eat and have coffee. Some parts of town may be a little bit unsafe at nighttime, but in general, definitely recommend Bologna.

Nicole
Nicole Poland
10

I like Bologna, it's in the middle of productive Italy,...

19 August 2021

I like Bologna, it's in the middle of productive Italy, people are very nice and the food is exceptional. You can do long walks around the city and be always amazed about the number of places you can encounter.

Anonymous Spain
6.0

Many of the wide pavements are shaded by arcades which means...

13 August 2021

Many of the wide pavements are shaded by arcades which means exploring the city is more pleasant in the heat. There are some pedestrianised areas in the centre and there appears to be a good local bus network between the various areas you might want to explore. Spoilt for choice with eateries to suit all budgets and excellent ice cream parlours. Parking is in blue marked bays and on a meter, slightly cheaper hourly rate the further out you go but ON SUNDAYS IT IS FREE ALL DAY. In August, quite a number of shops are closed for the summer holidays and the heat makes sight seeing exhausting, so not the best time to go.

Ian
Ian United Kingdom
8.0

We really enjoy the city center of Bologna.

11 August 2021

We really enjoy the city center of Bologna. Especially on weekends when they shut down the streets for pedestrians only. We love the casual feel of Bologna and the food is tough to beat. If you are a foodie, you must go here. It doesn't feel "touristie" at all like Rome, Venice, and Florence feel.

Adam
Adam United States
8.0

Nicer than expected.

7 August 2021

Nicer than expected. Not as full of tourists as the places we visited in Tuscany. No lines or reservations necessary, in every café there seemed to be more locals than tourists. I especially enjoyed all the covered sidewalks, very comfortable to walk around in the warm weather. Next time we would stay about two days, go up to San Luca on the train. Tip for uncomplicated and delicious lunch/dinner to go: Mortadella Lab.

Well travelled Martin
Well travelled Martin Germany

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