The Ultimate Guide to Bologna

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Bologna is probably one of the most underrated cities in Italy. Following the guide to Bologna, travelers get an exclusive opportunity to see exciting places and attractions, even though they are not always world-known tourist destinations. Generally, Bologna is a fantastic place with a plethora of interesting sights and the diversity of eye-catching views. The city is worth time and money, so start planning your vacation and add the city to the top of the bucket list.

How to Reach the City

Coming to Bologna will not take much effort, as there is a big international airport close to the city center. Then, you can take a taxi from Guglielmo Marconi to any district in the city, which will cost you around EUR 15-20.

Besides, Bologna is a main rail transport hub in northern Italy, so going by train may be the simplest way to get here from Paris, Venice, Rome, Florence, Milan, and other cities. Moving within the city is ultimately convenient, as there are many city buses, taxis and car rental services for the maximal comfort of travelers.

Where to Stay

Being one of the coolest cities in Italy, Bologna features a fantastic infrastructure, irrespective of the district you are in. Lively neighborhoods with lots of students and tourists are worth visiting.

Depending on the purpose of your trip and individual preference, you can opt for a suitable area to stay. Bologna is divided into several main districts, including:

  • Historical center;
  • University district;
  • Bolognina;
  • Colli;
  • Borgo Panigale;
  • Bologna Fiere;
  • Ghetto.

Some districts are more attractive, while others are more practical; each of them is unique and exclusive though. So, if you are still searching for the place where to stay in Bologna, check the specifications of each area and opt for the one you prefer. Planning a trip to Italy, don’t forget to check the weather and select the best time to visit the city.

Best Things to Do in Bologna  

Bologna is a unique blend of breathtaking views and attractive architecture, the peacefulness of virgin nature and liveliness of the modern city. Anyway, it is a top choice for those, who are ready to immerse into a new world of rest and relax.

Check the guide to Bologna to find the most picturesque must-visit attractions.

  • Universita di Bologna is the oldest university in the Western world. Old buildings, excellent architecture, authentic manuscripts, and other details will be interesting for those, who enjoy history and art.
  • Porticos. The location is preferred by the vast majority of tourists, as it is beautiful throughout the day. Quiet streets lead to lovely piazzas during the day, while city lights illuminate the road and create perfect views at night.  
  • Piazza Maggiore is the heart of Bologna. City Hall, the main cathedral and Basilica di San Petronio are the fascinating medieval buildings you can see here.
  • Quadrilatero is characterized as an ancient footprint of the city. Additionally, it is known as the oldest market in the whole of Bologna.
  • Bologna's Motor Valley is a perfect destination for motor enthusiasts. Lamborghini, Ferrari, Pagani, Maserati, and Ducati are based here.
  • Asinelli Tower is one of the tallest towers in the city, and it serves a striking symbol of the place. Tourists can climb the tower to get precious experience and view the best scenes and landscapes of Bologna.
  • La Finestrela is a ‘secret’ place that is worth your time and attention. The destination is known as the window to small Venice, as it shows unforgettable views of the canal and other Bologna areas.
  • Archiginnasio Anatomical Theatre Bologna is the part of the world’s oldest university.
  • Due Torri is another tourist destination that is highly valued around the world. The tallest leaning medieval tower was built by the Asinelli family and is one of the true masterpieces in Bologna
  • Parco Giardini Margherita is the most popular and the largest park in Bologna with paved paths, cozy cafes and a small lake.

Bologna is a fantastic place for a family tour or solo adventure. Don’t forget to commemorate special moments.

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