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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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This weekend

From $97 per night

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From $66 per night

Most popular time to visit September-November
Cheapest time to visit May-July
Local currency € 1 = $1.17
Language Italian
Average weekend price $101 per night
Average weekday price $112 per night
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10

Eat, eat, and then eat some more.

June 2, 2020

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.

Anonymous United States of America
8.0

a nice city with high streets with big names shops lovely...

February 27, 2020

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.

Emanuel
Emanuel Malta
10

Bologna apparently has been recently discovered as a tourist...

February 27, 2020

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.

Anonymous United States of America
8.0

incredible city - lots of history and culture and very...

February 24, 2020

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.

Marvalles
Marvalles United States of America
10

The city of books and food!

February 11, 2020

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!!

Ellie
Ellie Greece
10

Bologna was the home of the great painter Giorgio Morandi,...

February 3, 2020

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.

Anonymous United States of America

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