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The Renaissance towers, medieval city walls and tiled rooftops that wash the city with a mosaic of stunning reds have helped grow its reputation as one of the most photogenic cities in northern Italy. Yet where Florence, Milan and Venice have huge crowds of tourists, Bologna has a tight-knit community of locals, giving the city an intimate feel. Bologna is home to Europe’s oldest university, and the large student population makes for a spirited nightlife. While Bologna’s history is long and fascinating, its contemporary culture is alive and well, with some of Italy’s finest restaurants, galleries and festivals calling the city home.
Bologna is beautiful year round, but to experience the sun-drenched streets and rooftops that its known for, visit during the months between April and October. Those coming in winter will love the city’s famous covered walkways, known as I Portici. These make it possible to traverse the city center away from the elements. Follow the walkways to reach the city’s major attractions, including Torre degli Asinelli and Torre dei Garisenda, the twin Renaissance towers that can be seen throughout Bologna.
Food is something held dear to an Italian’s heart, so the fact that Bologna is considered the culinary capital of Italy should excite even the most fair-weather of foodies. Thanks to the excellent quality of produce and the importance placed on cooking, it’s difficult to find a bad meal here. Look for the pizzerias and trattorias that are crowded with locals, as they are likely to be the best in the area. Pasta served with a rich, meaty sauce is a regional delicacy, now known around the world as Spaghetti Bolognese.
Bologna is well connected to all major Italian centers by Italy’s high-speed rail system, but also caters to international visitors with its international airport. Once in town you can use buses, taxis or walk, but why not move like the locals and hire a bike to see the city in style.
This Bologna hotel is across from the train station and the airport-bus stop. The Due Torri, National Picture Gallery, Jewish Museum, and University of Bologna are all about 1 km (0.6 mi) away.
Located in Borgo Panigale, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Ducati Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ospedale Maggiore di Bologna and Porta San Felice. Stadio Renato Dall'Ara and Communal Collection of Fine Arts are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Across the street from Bologna Centrale railway station, this Bologna hotel is less than 1 km (0.4 mi) from Parco Montagnola. Via Rizzoli and Fontana del Nettuno are just over 1 km (0.8 mi) away.
Located in Bologna City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Montagnola Park and Fountain of Neptune. Communal Collection of Fine Arts and Museum of Giorgio Morandi are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Bologna, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of EuropAuditorium Theater and BolognaFiere. National Art Gallery of Bologna and University of Bologna are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This family-friendly Bologna hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Ducati Museum and Gelato Museum Carpigiani. Communal Collection of Fine Arts and Museum of Giorgio Morandi are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located on Bologna's main street, near restaurants and shopping, this hotel is just 0.6 km (0.4 mi) from Piazza Maggiore, Le Due Torri (The Two Towers), and Basilica of San Petronio. The train station is about a 7-minute walk.
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Parco Nord Arena and within 3 mi (5 km) of BolognaFiere and University of Bologna. National Art Gallery of Bologna and Tower of the Asinelli are also within 3 mi (5 km).