Bologna Travel Guide

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Bologna Highlights

  • Pro
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     Transport is cheap - everything is close by - great historical buildings 

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     too many cars, few bike lanes, few parks and gardens 

  • In a nutshell
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     Old and young are next to each other in Bologna. 

Bologna Things to Do

  • Towers - Torri

    The two towers, both of them leaning, are the symbol and the emblems of Bologna and they have a names of course. The taller one is called Torre Asinelli while the smaller but more leaning tower is called Torre Garisenda. The names derive from the noble families which are traditionally credited for their construction between 1109 and 1119. There is...

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  • Museums

    The imposing building of Museo di Mineralogia L,Bombicci concludes the sequence of the buildings on the right side of via Zamboni. Actually, it is located on the square opposite to Porta San Donato. The museum was founded in 1860 by young professor Luigi Bombicci. The collection holds over 50.000 pieces, of which 10.000 are displayed and organized...

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  • Piazza Maggiore

    At the top of the main portal of the Palazzo Comunale is placed magnificent Pope Gregory XIII bronze statue, carved by Alessandro Sermenghi. Pope Gregory XIII (1502-1585) born Ugo Boncompagni, was Pope from 1572 to 1585. He is best known for commisioning and being the namesake for the Gregorian Calendar. The chief architect in the process of...

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Bologna Hotels

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Bologna Restaurants

  • La Felina

    The restaurant is located on the hills of Bologna, quite big and with a variety of tipical disches from the menu. It's a good choise for who wants to organize a great meeting! The design and the decorations of this restaurant are warm and confortable. I ate "tigelle" ! They are like little flatted sandwiches where you can put every kind of sauce...

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  • very good local cooking

    This restaurant was reccomended to us by a taxi driver. He said it was one of the few restaurant in the center that still cooks good food at honest prices. He also said it was so ugly that no tourist would go. Actually this was not true, may be the driver was not going for a while. We went very early becase we were hungry and it was a good choice...

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  • Bounty of Emilio-Romagna

    A bounty of cheeses, salumi, breads, all wafting their fragrances when you enter this deli. For takeaway or for eating in its small buffet area where you select from hot dishes, pick up a glass of red wine and find a table (hopefully). Very popular for midday meal. If too busy for a meal, at least a stop, then wander past the other food shops on...

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Bologna Nightlife

  • Bars/pubs

    It was late afternoon of one hot summer day and I needed a break after long strollings around. To be honest, I prefer Italian cafe-bars but not one of them around had a terrace and besides, this pub was very close to the garage where I left my car. At first I even didn't noticed it was an Irish pub. According to the menu The Auld Dubliner offers...

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  • Discos

    Salsa is one of my passions, so while I was studying in Bologna I went to all the different salsa clubs in and around the city. Of all the clubs I went to, the best one by far was Sala Paradiso. It's packed every Friday (and only Friday) with intense Cuban salsa dancers. The majority of the dancers are above average, and occasionally a Rueda can...

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  • Family spots

    When your young one will get tired of walking (his dad wouldn't mind to go on, right dad?) darling mum can put him into this children train. There are a lot more 'Salle di giocco' as Italians call amusment parks... Just have fun! Mum, if you please to ride that plastic cammel in your long evening dress, just be my guest! Amusment park will get one...

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Bologna Transportation

  • Train

    Thanks to all.. Just back home from Bologna. Bologna to Florence with high speed train because we had no enough time to visit because of our flight was late for bologna and we bought our tickets at a rate of 98€ for 2 persons by automatic machines(so easy to use) and we have reserved seat and it was comfortable.we got florence in ~30 mins....

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  • The car

    I never travel by public transportation, instead I am traveling by car. To get to Bologna there are tree possible road directions: - A4 plus A13 from direction of Trieste - A1 from direction of Milano - A22 from direction of Brennero. As in most of Italian cities, parking in the central part of the town is a huge problem. There are too many cars...

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  • Airplane

    It is very easy to find the shuttle bus at Marconi airport. It is called BLQ, or Aerobus You could buy a ticket from the driver for 6 euro and within 30 mins you will arrive at Bologna central railway station.

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Bologna Shopping

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  • read & drink feed body and soul

    Eataly is good food shopping chain. You can find it in some italian cities and also abroad. I had never the chance to visit one of those shops before and so, in Bologna I did not want to miss it.They sell only food of a very good quality, mainly made in Italy ofcourse, practically the best of any italian region.In Bologna it is very small but it...

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  • The oldest shop in Bologna

    Would you believe it, this shop was established in 1273, which means 840 years ago and still standing! It can be seen in Piazza della Mercanzia although its adress is Via San Stefano 1 but fact is, this street starts right from the square.Actually, the shop is situated in the base of the Torre degli Alberici and is considered the oldest surviving...

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  • flowers

    Florists have a special gift for harmony and beauty, Italian florists in that are widely known and recognized. If one lives in the city of exceptional beauty, where every house or street excudes charm and harmony, what else we could expect from the local florists then to make the floral arrangments which are equally beautiful, harmonious and...

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Bologna Local Customs

  • Via Clavature

    In the Middle Ages via Clavature was one of the main streets of the city, street which has seen passing popes, princes and emperors. In the past, as well as today, the area of so-called "quadrilatero" (quadrilateral) was dedicated to the trade. The name comes from ancient workshops of blacksmiths who bult keys and locks, in Bolognese dialect called...

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  • Museums everywhere

    The whole central part of the town looks like an big open space museum and virtually every building in it deserves your attention. Great many of building are constructed by the red coloured bricks which makes the old core very pitoresque. For such an, relatively small town, Bologna has great number of museums and you'll met them all around.- Museo...

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  • Flea market at Piazza San Stefano

    I was several times in Bologna, before and after this visit in 2006, but never before have seen this flea market in Piazza San Stefano. Could it be that the fair is taking place each year around 10th of June, which was the day of my visit?The local lady have explain, the antique market held every second Sunday of the month. Here on Piazza San...

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Bologna Warnings and Dangers

  • Central railway station cold in winter

    As I have seen in Italy (Bologna and Florence) it is not very popular to build huge buildings for the railway stations. The attendance room at Bologna Centrale was very small and overcrowded, so I had to wait my train outside, with temperatures around minus 1-2 in February. Unfortunately the train came 2.5 hours later and it was not very pleasant...

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  • Near Bologna: absurd waste management

    I really discourage everybody from sleeping or staying in one of the following small towns near Bologna: Casalecchio di Reno; Sasso Marconi; Zola Predosa; Bazzano; Crespellano; Monteveglio, Savigno; Monte S. Pietro. The reason is that the local authorities have recently adopted a system of waste management which is absolutely crazy. The organic...

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  • It's not quite as it looks...Via Zamboni

    The university is around the Via Zamboni - so it's noisy and lively and looks chaotic - and I think there is a church mission for drunks so you see more of them. But there seems to always be largish police presence at the side of the opera house. We passed lots of crowds at different times two or three times a day for a week, and saw no problems....

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Bologna Tourist Traps

  • Expensies

    Bologna is one of the most expesive towns in Italy, before entering in the restaurants check the price-list in front. The same goes for the hotels which are about 20-30% more expensive than in other towns.Bologna is known for its ready garments shops which are everywhere in the city cemtre. If you don't care for the prices visit the shops under...

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  • Bologna Fat City Scam

    Beware of the Bologna "Fat City Scam" The full scam is outlined in the scams section of the Bent Society blogsite http://bentsocietyblog.blogspot.com/Essentially you watch out for vendors using fake plasitc statues to con you that these statues are artists pretending to be statues.Yes the irony is wonderful. But the fake statues get more money from...

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  • Oh, what was I thinking about?...

    Oh, what was I thinking about? I left Lido degli Estensi on sunday afternoon. What do you think happened? Of course: half of population of Bologna, two thirds of population of Ferrara and all the people living in Ravenna decided to do the same thing - after week-end spent on the sea side. The result? The longest 3 miles in my entire live; it needed...

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Bologna What to Pack

  • Shopping Paradise - Palazzo Majani

    The town of Bologna is shopping paradise, for those who can spend a lot and those who take care of expensis.The small Palazzo Majani, in Via dell'Indipendenza, was built in 1908 to a project of Augusto Senzanne. It is one of the best examples of Art Nouveau (Liberty) in the city, defined by tradicionalists "una saggiola di Vienna messa li a urtare...

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  • Some like it hot

    Although things tend to cool off at night, if you're an American and used to air conditioning, you may find that it is well worth your while to bring a small battery-powered fan with you, or to purchase a slightly larger fan which has the appropriate plug for Italian current. I brought two of the former and we never did get around to buying the...

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  • Shoes

    Take with you pair of good and very comfortable shoes because you will really need them for all that walking around Italian towns. For three months I spent in Italy…. I completely destroyed this one and they finish somewhere in the trashcan in Bologna.

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Bologna Off The Beaten Path

  • Excursions

    perfect for a day trip from Bologna, only 40/60 min by train and you arrive in the town center...or half an hour by car...the best way to visit Ferrara is by bike inthis website you can find address where you can rent a bike %L[http://www.ferrarainbici.it/index.phtml?id=25 ]Ferrara in bici ...have a look to my Vt Ferrara pages to have some...

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  • San Luca church

    Leave the city behind by following the longest uninterrupted arcade in the world up into the hills to the San Luca Monastery. The arcade starts at Porta Saragozza and winds its way across roads and up to reach the monastery which looks over Bologna. Its a pleasant walk, not too strenuous and the arcade provides shade on a hot or rainy day. At the...

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  • Cars show

    When I have visited Bologna, 14/09/2002, there was big Oldtimers show at Piazza Maggiore. I have took the picture of the most interesting cars. This is, so-called pedomobile, type Mercedes, the oldest car on the show.

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Bologna Sports & Outdoors

  • Football (soccer) and basketball

    The local "Bologna FC" used to be one of the best Italian football clubs of Prime division. However, there are lots of scandals in Italian football because certain club managers think they are God in person, "cutting" championships as they like it. Bologna FC was one of their victims and although having very good tram was transfered into the second...

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  • Bicycle tracks inthe country

    If u have a look to this web page u can find some good info about trip in the county and itinerary.http://iat.comune.bologna.it/IAT/IAT.nsf/0cf4445e25a35c5dc1256e6a004f5ad1/3edb1c3cf6257825c1256f420054974f?OpenDocument

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  • Forza Bologna!

    Luckily for me, Serie A football team Bologna had a home game against Cagliari while we were there. Nobody else wanted to go so I was there on my own, sad?Anyway a 1-0 home win on a very cold evening (18:00 kick off). In truth not a great game but the crowd were entertaining.At €15 for a ticket in the Curva Sud, very good value. A top flight match...

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Bologna Favorites

  • old building

    The impressive Porta Saragozza was built in 1860, upon the remains of its medieval precursor. It is located in the most wertern part of the city walls, in the vicinity of Stadio Comunale Renato dall'Arra, which is home of F.C. Bologna. Porta Saragozza was designed by Enrico Brunetti Rodati, the gate is made of two large towers topped with...

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  • Churches and Squares

    The 15th century church of Madonna di Galliera is located in Via Manzoni, very close to Via dell'Indipendenza. This old and beautiful church, which is almost hidden between the medieval houses, is worth of seeing. The church feature a great facade but its beauty is almost invisible because it is covered by atmospheric pollution. This church used to...

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  • Food and shopping

    Bolognese's cuisine is famous within Italians.. I love the food I have tried.. or have seen.. :) Eataly, alti cibi.. (alti cibi means good food) Eataly is a slow-food concept mall.. my first try was their branch in Torino.. It was a huge joint with food market, supermarket with products all food-wise.. seperate food booths with different...

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