Bologna Tourist Places to Visit in Bologna, Italy, Europe
Bologna is the capital and the largest city of Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy geographically positioned at 44°30′27″ N 11°21′5″ E. It is one of the best cities in Italy in terms of quality of living having prosperous economy and it also achieved the honor of the “European capital of culture” in 2000.
Bologna is situated in the northern part of Italy at an elevation of 54 meters, around 105 km north of Florence, 215 km southeast of Milan and 380 km north of Rome, the capital of Italy. Bologna spans over an area of 140.7 sq. km.
History of Bologna:
The history of Bologna dates back to around 1000 BC when the first inhabitants, the Etruscans, and the Celts, found in Bologna and later occupied by the Romans. Being the oldest university in the globe (1088), the University of Bologna is the identity of Bologna.
How to reach Bologna?
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is the airport serving Bologna with regular flights to Casablanca, Moscow, Paris, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Munich, Frankfurt, Madrid, Istanbul and many other important cities. It is located about 6 km away from Bologna city.
Along with Paris in France, Bologna has good connectivity with bordering countries’ cities by train and trains generally depart Paris 6:52PM and reaches Bologna at 6AM. Bus transportation is also good.
In Bologna city, bus service is served by the ATC Company, and rental cars, bikes and bicycles are the additional options to get around in Bologna.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Bologna:
Tourists can enjoy great film festival held in the Piazza Maggiore of Bologna and music venues are also very common in the city.
Hand-made tortellini and artifacts are very much famous and buyable in Bologna. List of the reputed restaurants in Bologna include:
- Trattoria Del Rosso
- Da Leonida
- Enoteca Italiana
What to do in Bologna?
- Festival celebrations
What to see in Bologna?
Two Towers of Bologna:
The Two Towers of Bologna (Torre degli Asinelli (97.20 meters), and Torre dei Garisenda (47 meters)) are the identities of Bologna, allowed for tourists between 09:00 and 18:00.
The Orto Botanico is a botanical garden dating back to the mid-16th century. Including a huge sequoia and a greenhouse, the Orto Botanico is home to around 5,000 plant species. It is open from 08:30 to 15:00 (Monday-Friday) and 08:00 to 13:00 (Saturday).
Archaeological Museum in Bologna:
The Archaeological Museum of Bologna holds a great collection of archeological items including Egyptian civilization mummies and Villanova culture objects. The bronze Certosa jar is must see. No entrance fee.
List of other places of interest in Bologna includes:
- Gallery of Modern Art of Bologna
- Jewish Museum
- The University Museums
- Fontana di Nettuno
- National Picture Gallery
- Communal Collection of Fine Arts
- Piazza Maggiore
- Philharmonic Academy
- Ducati Museum
- Palazzo Comunale
- Tombe dei Glossatori
- Basilica of San Petronio
- The Lamborghini Museum
- Santa Maria della Vita
Ideal time to visit Bologna:
Except July and August, from April to October is the ideal time to enjoy holidays in historical Bologna.
Accommodation options in Bologna:
Bologna is grand city rich in all the fields including hospitality industry with loads of international standard accommodation centers. Bologna also houses many standard hotels suited for budget travelers, with all the basic facilities and services. The prominent hotels in Bologna include:
- Grand Hotel Majestic Gia Baglioni
- Aemilia Hotel
- Hotel Porta San Mamolo
- Metropolitan Hotel
- Ramada Encore Bologna Fiera
- Paradise Hotel
- Savoia Hotel Regency
- Hotel Cosmopolitan Bologna
- Casa Temporanea
- Hotel Touring
- Art Corona d’Oro
- Il Convento dei Fiori di Seta
- Camplus Living Bononia
- Starhotels Excelsior
- Art Hotel Novecento