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Bologna Fiere District
1.4 miles from downtown
Fancy a fair? You’ve come to the right place. Bologna Exhibition Centre draws an impressive line-up of vendors, who bedeck this marketplace with knick-knacks, cosmetics, and Lineapelle leather. Once you’ve filled your tote bag with goodies, take to the surrounding streets and explore little Bologna.
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Bologna City Center
Renaissance palaces and pretty piazzas as far as the eye can see. Inside the half-crumbled, medieval walls is the heart of old Bologna - and it’s covered in terracotta red. Slender streets meander in and out of covered colonnades, with a new treasure on every corner. It’s not just a feast for the eyes – the restaurants round here are top-notch.
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Bologna Train Station
0.8 miles from downtown
Planes, trains and automobiles! No matter how you arrive, you’re sure to pass through this transport hub – the gateway to the red-roofed city. Business barons, bag-toting tourists, and transient students rub shoulders as they step on and off trains. “In carrozza!” (all aboard), the conductor calls, before the trains chug away.
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With its well-preserved historic center and miles of charming covered “porticos,” Bologna goes beyond its world-famous, mouthwatering cuisine. 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, bordered 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 landmarks are the 12th-century Towers of Bologna, including Torre degli Asinelli and the slightly leaning Torre dei Garisenda.
Often referred to as the food capital of Italy, tourists flock to Bologna for a taste of its cured meats and delicious pasta dishes like tagliatelle al ragù or tortellini stuffed with prosciutto or cheese. You'll also find plenty of fun pubs, hip wine bars, and traditional “trattorias” that are perfect for people watching while enjoying an aperitivo.
The city center is easy to get to from Guglielmo Marconi (Bologna) International Airport, either by taxi or Aerobus.
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|Most popular time to visit||September-November|
|Cheapest time to visit||May-July|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.17|
|Average weekend price||$101 per night|
|Average weekday price||$112 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
Eat, eat, and then eat some more. Then go pray at one of the many churches. In Bologna they are known for Terra Cotta Statues depicting Christ being layed in the tomb. It is very heart wrenching to see the saddness in his mother Mary's eyes.
a nice city with high streets with big names shops lovely historical churches and museums and palazzos. the piazzas are so nice and large. the place is very historical let alone the two central towers.
Bologna apparently has been recently discovered as a tourist destination; having been there years ago it has changed with a lot more activity etc. It's not crazy busy like Venice or Florence which is nice; the people are friendly, the town has a lot of architecture and history. And food? Awesome, it's just a question of where to eat and what! We walked all over the central historic area logging up to 20,000 steps some days. Bring comfortable shoes, And the tourist bus is an hour ride and euros well spent.
incredible city - lots of history and culture and very compact. very walkable and the porticos are great. if you are into working out -check out the portico leading to the San Luca sanctuary. Airport experience terrible - KLM needs wok and make sure you take out your tablet and computer from carry-on during Security screening.
The city of books and food! All roads lead to piazza maggiore, a highly cultured city with great spots for eating. Visit as many museums as you can, like the museo san colombano and museo della musica. Eat at 51 or my favourite 'the proscutteria' , let them make you a platter of their food. I definatelly will visit Bologna again!!
Bologna was the home of the great painter Giorgio Morandi, and a visit to his home , and then to MAMBO, where much of his work is on display, is not to be missed. Plus all the other great things to do, like climbing the torri ( which we didn’t have time for this visit). And great food.
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