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Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna province, is a wealthy city with a well-preserved medieval town centre full of monuments and places to visit. Known respectively as Bologna La Grassa, Bologna La Dotta, and Bologna La Rossa, or ‘the fat’ (for its reputation as the city with the best food in the whole of Italy), ‘the learned’ (Bologna is home to the world’s oldest continuously functioning University), and ‘The Red’ (because of either its politics – decidedly left-wing – or its red-brick architecture), the city has something for everyone.

Strange then that, until recently Bologna has had precious little tourism to boast of. This is in part due to the proximity of Firenze and Venezia, and also in part because the city has had no need of it, being rich itself from industry and the university. Times change, though, and with the expansion of its airport (Marconi), and high-speed train lines, the city is becoming a great tourist attraction for people who love Italian culture. We’ve gathered together our Bologna travel articles and tips here as a useful resource.

  • Bologna’s Best Airport Hotels

    Looking for Bologna’s best airport hotels? There are various reasons why you may want to stay close to the airport – even though Bologna is a reasonably compact city, and the Marconi Airport is a short car ride from the city centre. Maybe you have business in the industrial hinterland around Bologna, or maybe you […]

  • Bologna Nighlife

    Nightlife in Bologna

    Nightlife in Bologna is vibrant, but often underground (quite literally in the case of a number of clubs!). The best places to go are spread by word of mouth (and increasingly Social Media). Because it’s a university town, with a very young population you’re spoilt for choice – whether you want to go to a […]

  • 10 of the best hotels in Bologna City Centre

    There are loads of hotels in Bologna’s city centre – of differing quality, convenience and reputation. For years Bologna has, wrongly, been considered simply a travel hub rather than a place to visit in its own right, and because of its extensive road and railway network there are lots of top class hotels outside the […]

  • Bologna's Sala Borsa, Piazza Nettuno

    The Sala Borsa – a cultural oasis

    Bologna’s Sala Borsa, the old city stock exchange, is a must see, in part because of its art nouveau architecture, in part because of its roman ruins in the basement, and in part simply because it’s a buzzing cultural hotspot of the city, with exhibitions, the main library, coffee shop (and bathroom and baby-changing facilities) […]

  • Bologna's Jewish Ghetto

    Bologna’s Jewish Ghetto

    Bologna’s Jewish Ghetto is small but a deeply moving place to the traveller visiting this medieval city. At its heart is the Jewish Museum (Museo Ebraico) in Via Valdonica, a small but well curated Museum that documents the history of Jewish life and culture in the region. The Ghetto Ebraico or Jewish Ghetto in Bologna […]

  • Bologna's Quadrilatero Market

    Food Shopping in the Quadrilatero

    The small alleyways on the eastern-side of Piazza Maggiore, bounded roughly by via Rizzoli, via Castiglione, via Farini, piazza Galvani and via dell’Archiginnasio make up the area known locally as the Quadrilatro – a picture-postcard-pretty market area where you can buy all sorts of amazing local produce, from fish through to fruit, vegetables, and various […]

  • Bologna’s Shoah Memorial

    Bologna’s Shoah Memorial is a stark monument, placed prominently in a new square developed as part of the new high-speed train station, at the corner of Via Matteoti and Via Carracci. The project, a collaboration between the local institutions and the Jewish community of Bologna, was officially unvelied on the 27th of January 2016,  International Holocaust […]

  • MuoviBo – a 12km Walking Itinerary in Bologna

    The Comune of Bologna has launched a special initiative, largely aimed at the health and well-being of local residents, but also very useful for tourists who want to walk around Bologna’s medieval city centre. MuoviBo is a 12km walking circular walking itinerary, that has as its official 1st station  the Parco Montagnola. 11km of the […]

  • Piazza Maggiore – from Charles V to Joe Strummer

    Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore is a magnificent square, in the heart of this important Italian city. Bologna is characterised by its porticos, so Piazza Maggiore – along with its adjoining Piazza Nettuno – is one of the few large open spaces that you encounter in Bologna’s city centre. It’s a natural meeting place – the Bolognese […]

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