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Private Tour: Ecclesiastical Heritage of Bologna
"Your guide can show you up to 3 different churches that present significant yet different aspects of the selected genre. (Popular visits include S. Stefano S.Petronio and S.Domenico). This in-depth hassle-free private tour is hosted by a professional guide. Please list any special interests you have at the time of booking to alert your guide so that he or she can prepare for your private tour.""""Delve into Bologna's Romanesque Gothic and Baroque churches on your private guided tour examining the history
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Private Tour: Bologna Cycling Sightseeing Tour
"You'll also view the Medieval Market and Loggia Dei Mercanti the Anatomy Theatre (closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday) Basilica of San Petronio the Archiginnasio Two Towers and the Complex of Santo Stefano. Pedal the length of the ancient canal system you may just be surprised at how much water runs through Bologna! For those with a little extra time to explore the city an extended tour may include San Giacomo
From EUR99.00
Private Tour: Classical Bologna Walking Tour
"Untouched by mass tourism Bologna is the capital of the prosperous Emilia Romagna region. On this Classical Bologna Private Walking Tour you'll discover why Bologna has so many nicknames including La Dotta (The Learned) for its ancient university; La Rossa (The Red) for the warm colors of its roofs and houses and La Grassa (The Fat) for the wonderful food you'll find here!This private walking tour takes you to see some of the most important buildings in the city
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BLQ: Bologna International Airport G. Marconi

I have flown in and out of Bologna since 2008, many times. Once I also picked up friends (Sarah and Chris) here who came to celebrate my half century birthday a couple of years ago. So yes, I know Bologna’s airport quite well for someone who does not (yet) live in Italy. And it is my second favourite airport in Italy (my favourite is the one in Ancona). It is not that big and somehow manageable. And it is easily accessible via the so-called Tangenziale (the road leading around the city’s north).

Bologna Airport, IATA code BLQ, is being served by many major European airlines and several no-frill airlines. It is still being expanded, although this should have been finished end of 2013. But the major and relevant expansion, such as more check-in counters and more security stations, seems to have been finished by now.
List of the airlines

Upon arrival, travellers can receive some minor information and a map from Bologna’s tourist board which as a desk here, can rent cars (the major rental companies such as Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Autoeuropa and Avis have offices here) or take the Aerobus into town. As far as I could see in September 2014, they also offer free WiFi. But I haven’t used it, so I cannot comment on the length of use for free.

One very important remark for those who depart from Bologna airport:
In case you are hungry and thirsty: do not buy food and beverages in the public part of the airport!! Wait until you have passed the security gates!!
I am very sensible to the prices of water bottles (or availability of water fountains) these days because to me it is close to criminal behaviour to sell 0,5 litre water bottles for prices of more than 2 Euro. This happens at Bologna’s airport too, but only in the public section.

Here the prices I noted down in September 2014:
Public part – outside of the security gates:
Panino, sandwich, etc: 5 Euro minimum,
Croissant, any kind of sweets: 3 Euro minimum,
Water bottles (0,5 litre): 3,50 Euro minimum,
Coffee/espresso/cappuccino: minimum 2,50 Euro for an espresso and more for cappuccino.
For flight passengers only – after security:
Panino, sandwich, etc: 3 Euro,
Croissant, any kind of sweets: 1,20 Euro,
Water bottles (0,5 litre): 1,60 Euro,
Coffee/espresso/cappuccino: 1,20 Euro for an espresso and 1,50 Euro for cappuccino.

Location of Bologna Airport (1) and Bologna Piazza Maggiore (2) on Bing Maps.

© Ingrid D., September 2014 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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Nov 08, 2014

Shuttle bus to Bologna

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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Jun 23, 2013

Bologna airport website

if you want to know all the airlines company and all the flight form and to Bologna you can find in the Bologna airport website....there is'n only Ryanair, but other low cost or regular companies that flight everywhere, from Morocco to New york and Cuba!

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Oct 20, 2009

Ryanair is here

From march 2009 Ryanair have bought a lot of slot from and to Bologna Airport and with this low coast airlaine you can get in several europen destination and some italian destination: for exemple: Barcelona (girona), Alicante, Siviglia, Madrid, Ibiza, Grenada in Spain, Brussells (Charleroi) in Belgium, Parigi, Bratislava, Oslo, Katovice and Costanta, Dusseldorf, Frankfurth in GErmany, Dublino, Birmingam, Edinburgh, London in GB, Bari, Brindisi, Lamezia, Trapani in Italy.....and there are other cities in High season.

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Oct 20, 2009
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Bologna-Forli Shuttle Bus

In October 2008 we flew into Forli airport on a Ryanair flight from London. There are two ways to get to Bolgna, local bus to Forli train station or the Terravision coach which is direct. The bus can be found immediatly outside the airport arrival area and if your not pre-booked the Terravision coach is just inside the departure area. The coach leaves Forli about half-hour after every flight arrives and returns from Bologna coach station (gate 15) approx 3.5 hours before flight leave. Now that Ryanair have announced they are moving flights to Bologna airport it appears this service will stop soon (Oct 08).

The airport has all the usual one terminal facilities. Some shops (food and goods) and of course very few seats for passengers to sit on at the passenger gate.

Journey time is about 85 minutes and a return is 21 Euros. Driver speaks English.

There is a service interruption from 26/10/08, check web for details. Bus and train services are as normal.

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Oct 26, 2008

Getting to Bologna

Bologna is reacheable by plane. It has an important international airport with direct links to the most important european cities, such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona or Frankfurt, as well with New York. From the airport there's the AEROBUS (a special bus service that takes u directly to the city centre, or you can get a's not more than 15 minutes)- Or you can get there by train: the railway station is among the most important in Italy and close to the city centre (10-15 minutes on foot).

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Oct 23, 2007

Forlì / Bologna-Forlì airport

Although Bologna has its own airport, Forlì (sometimes also called Bologna-Forlì) may be considered as a cheaper alternative. Ryanair uses Bologna/Forlì airport for flights to London/Stansted and Frankfurt/Hahn and will commence services to Girona/Barcelona in spring of 2007. Also, Belle Air from Albania and Windjet (Sicily as well as a some occassionally served european destinations) use this airport.

There is a bus running several times a day from Forlì airport to Bologna's coach station which will take you 10 Euros. However, there's a cheaper alternative: Use the local bus from Forlì airport (station is close to the departure hall). The trip to the city center will costs you only 80 cents. The bus (line 2) will leave you at Piazzale della Vittoria, which is within walking distance (500 m) of the train station. A train ticket to Bologna can be bought at the vending machines for just 3,80.

Anyway, if you want to use the 10EUR bus (which is the more comfortable way), check the webpage below for the timetable.

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Oct 26, 2006

Bologna Airport

Bologna's airport is located in the north of the city.

There is a frequent bus connection that passes through downtown and finishes at the train station (it really doesn't finish there because it's a loop).

There are connection serving Europe's main airports - Frankfurt, Paris, London, Lisbon, Barcelona, et cetera.

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"il gusto di Bologna"
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"Bologna – Eat, look up, marvel, eat and savour"
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Buses were great, get the multi day pass. We took the bus to the train station and the trains with one exception ran on time and were very inexpensive. When you get to the small daytrip towns by train, just walk into town as it is NEVER very far to the main square. This is a picture of a mural in Faenza, the ceramic heart of Italy.

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Aug 24, 2002

Getting there from UK

From London Stansted Eazyjet fly direct to Bologna airport and Ryanair go to Forli which is a €10 bus ride into town. Neither will break the bank

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Feb 09, 2005

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Santurario del Corpus Domini

We came across this church by accident while wandering the streets. Its façade is right on the street and you barely notice it until you are upon it, when the fantastic ornamentation of the brick...
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Palazzo della Giustizia

The magnificent Palazzo di Giustizia, also known as Palazzo Baciocchi, was designed and constructed by Andrea Palladio in 1534. The palace was sold in 1822 to Napoleon's brother in law, Prince Felice...
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San Domenico

This church is dedicated to saint Dominic Guzman. He was the founder of the Dominican monks. This worship place was begun in 1221 after the death of Dominic. It was completed in 1233. Inside it was...
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Palazzo Comunale - Town Hall

The imposing building on the west side of Piazza Maggiore was once the home of the Accursio family, but has been the seat of the city council since 1336. It was renovated in 1444, and again in the...
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San Petronio

The huge Basilica was built to honour Petronius, bishop of Bologna in the fifth century. it is reckoned to be one of the greatest Catholic churches throughout Italy and features a length of 132...
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San Francesco

In 126 the city authorities gave the friars of the Bologna Franciscan monastery the parcel of land on which Basilica San Francesco now stands, so that they could build their own church. By 1251 the...
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