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  • 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 […]

  • Bologna's Marconi Airport

    Bologna’s Guglielmo Marconi Airport -Useful Info

    Bologna’s airport, named after Guglielmo Marconi ( Nobel Prize Winner, and one of the pioneering inventors of modern radios), is just 6km from the city centre, making it very easy to get to and from. Getting to and from G.Marconi Airport Aerobus: There is a dedicated bus (Aerobus) that connects Bologna’s airport and train station, […]

  • Annual Trade Fairs and Festivals in Bologna

    As a regional capital, university town, and transport hub with a major trade fair exhibition space, it’s no surprise that Bologna always has something interesting going on, whatever the season. Here are some (but certainly not all) of the main annual events. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair March / April The Bologna Childrens Book Fair […]

  • The Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita

    Tucked away in Bologna’s Quadrilatero, in Via Clavature, is the Baroque church, The Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita; unassuming in contrast with the imposing nearby San Petronio (in Piazza Maggiore) or the cathedral of San Pietro (in Via Indipendenza) – though Santa Maria della Vita has a wonderful dome that dominates the skyline over […]

  • Parco Talon (Parco Della Chiusa) - Bologna, Emilia-Romagna

    Parco Della Chiusa or Parco Talon – for hiking

    Bologna is nestled into the foothills of the Appenines, and so there’s plenty of hiking opportunities in and around the city. Parco Talon – or Parco della Chiusa as it’s officially known – is a huge park, about 15 minutes by car/bus from the Porta Saragozza, that snakes alongside the Reno River. While Bologna has […]

  • Emilia-Romagna’s Motor Valley

    Ferrari, Maserati, Ducati, Lamborghini and more – Emilia-Romagna’s Motor Valley makes for a unique holiday destination for motor enthusiasts. Home to two world-class motor racing circuits (Misano World Circuit near Rimini, and Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari Autodrome), more than 8 world famous brands and factories, and 9 dedicated museums all within short motoring distance, the Motor Valley is […]

  • 12 Great Hotels & Appartments in Bologna

    Where to stay in Bologna? That’s a good question, and one our TMO Bologna Guide hopes to answer. A lot of it depends, obviously, on your budget and the reason for your trip. If you’re arriving on Business – to attend a trade fair, for example – you may want a hotel close to the […]

  • The Porticos of Bologna

    Bologna’s Porticos are one of the defining features of the city’s architecture. Most famously there is the single longest portico in the world, 666 covered archways leading from the Porta Saragozza gate all the way up to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca , but in actual fact most of the city centre […]

  • Bologna – a city for film buffs

    Bologna is a city for film buffs, as you’ll notice if you visit the city during late June / Early July when the Sotto Le Stelle Del Cinema festival runs annuallyin Piazza Maggiore. Each year a massive screen is erected in the square, and for the length of the festival there are free public screenings […]