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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 March-May
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Local currency € 1 = $1.12
Language Italian
Average weekend price $127 per night
Average weekday price $131 per night
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I recommend most the sculptures by Michelangelo in S.

May 18, 2019

I recommend most the sculptures by Michelangelo in S. Domenico and by Della Quercia beside the main entrance to S. Petronio (the Cathedral). I also highly recommend S. Stefano with its octagonal baptistry and with one of the oldest Romanesque churches in existence alongside. The anatomical theatre west of the back of the cathedral is also well worth seeing, but had to be reconstructed from fragments after being bombed. The people are exceptionally friendly even for Italians, and the food is first-rate. There are cities with much more important art and architecture, but Bologna is well worth visiting for at least several days.

Eugene United States of America

After many trips to Italy, it was my first stay in Bologna...

May 18, 2019

After many trips to Italy, it was my first stay in Bologna for a day, and I enjoyed it a lot. There are many sights to see in the center, architecture is very interesting, and overall, it was a very good idea to spend a day in Bologna. If you are in a reasonably good shape, don't miss climbing to the top of the tower. The views are terrific.

Alex United States of America

Bologna is an historic city with a deserved reputation for...

May 17, 2019

Bologna is an historic city with a deserved reputation for wonderful food. It has many museums and churches that are well worth visiting. There is considerable public transit to help getting around the city, which has grown far beyond the ancient city walls, of which only the gates remain. And it is centrally located in north central Italy, which makes day trips to other fascinating cities practical, including Ravenna, Modena, Ferrara and Parma. And most of all, I find the people of Bologna among the most friendly and helpful anywhere.

Stephen United States of America

Food/restaurants were very good.

May 12, 2019

Food/restaurants were very good. Hotel Majestic is outstanding with excellent service. Walking around city is easy. Monastery and churches were nice attractions and city is located well for day trips to Florence or coast.

Natalie United States of America

Bologna is a fabulous city: a real city where people live...

May 12, 2019

Bologna is a fabulous city: a real city where people live and work, which makes i more attractive in many ways than cities which have become essentially overrun by tourists, like Venice. In my case I was here for the Giro d'Italia start, which is a one-time event, but I recommend the walk up to San Luca, which is where the first stage ended.

Daniel United States of America

Bologna is always good idea.

May 12, 2019

Bologna is always good idea. City offers many ways how to relax and enjoy life. Moreover you are pretty close to many other cities and sites in Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany and it is easy to reach them by car but also you have a great choice of trains.

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