Bologna Hotels & Holidays
Bologna is one of the foremost gastronomic cities of Italy, fondly...
Bologna is one of the foremost gastronomic cities of Italy, fondly known as La Grassa (the fat). The only problem you are likely to come across in Bologna is how to divide your time between the sights and the cuisine. The medieval city, located in the Emilia-Romagna Region, is beautifully maintained and often a forgotten gem.
Exploring the City
There is so much to see in Bologna, from Europe's oldest university (the symbol of Bologna)...
There is so much to see in Bologna, from Europe's oldest university (the symbol of Bologna) and the two great leaning towers, to the city's superb Gothic cathedral and medieval churches. However, throughout the arcaded streets and piazzas you will find plenty to tempt you from the sightseeing path - restaurants, cafes and bars galore, plus a crowd of inviting shops, and not to mention the opera, theatre and nightspots.
Food and Wine
Bologna is legendary for its traditional cuisine - a real haven for food lovers. Bologna is renowned...
Bologna is legendary for its traditional cuisine - a real haven for food lovers. Bologna is renowned for its cuisine and, most importantly, it's the hometown of tortellini and mortadella and tagliatelle. Besides these delicacies, the city is also famous for Bolognese sauce. For the ultimate culinary experience, head to the Quadrilatero, Bologna's old food market. The market has been positioned here since the Roman times. Here is where you can buy all Bologna's specialities to enjoy at home - tortellini, Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan cheese), Bolognese sauce ragu, as well as a variety of local wines.
As Tuscany's neighbouring region, Emilia Romagna also boasts ample vineyeards and delicious local wines can be enjoyed throughout restaurants and bars in Bologna. Some popular varieties worth trying are: Albana, the first white wine in Italy to obtain a DOCG regocnition in 1987; Sangiovese, a full bodied red that can be enjoyed with grilled meats or roasts; and Lambrusco, a red, sparkling wine with fruity to floral fragrances. It's served chilled and is suprisingly refreshing on a warm summer's day.
Without a doubt, Bologna is one of Italy's most beautiful medieval cities. Founded in the 6th...
Without a doubt, Bologna is one of Italy's most beautiful medieval cities. Founded in the 6th century BC and originally named Felsina, the city was the capital of the Etruscan Po valley territories for two centuries. Falling into the hands of the Romans a couple of hundred years later, then occupied by Visigoths, Huns, Goths and Lombards, Bologna's rich history has remained very prominent throughout. Walk the Giardini Margherita park and view two reconstructed huts of an Etruscan settlement, enjoy an aperitivo in one of the many old bars and, of course, climb the steps of the Garisenda tower (the more tipsy of the two) and enjoy stunning views of the city.
Popular Bologna Hotels
Known as Bologna "la grassa" it's the gastronomic capital of Italy and for good reason too - parmesan, parma ham, mortadella, tagliatelle bolognese, fresh pasta, tortellini - oh, I'm in heaven here! To burn off the calories, I enjoy strolling around the centre, perhaps engaging...
Known as Bologna "la grassa" it's the gastronomic capital of Italy and for good reason too - parmesan, parma ham, mortadella, tagliatelle bolognese, fresh pasta, tortellini - oh, I'm in heaven here! To burn off the calories, I enjoy strolling around the centre, perhaps engaging in some retail therapy or even a climb up the Asinelli tower to marvel at the view of this red-bricked medieval city. Just outside the city I love to visit the hilltop church of San Luca.Read More Read Less
- Basilica di San Domenica
- Basilica di San Petronio
- Fontana di Nettune (Fountain of Neptune)
- San Giacomo Maggiore (St James Church)
- Tombe dei Glossatori (The Glossatori Tombs)
- Villa delle Rose Gardens
Best Time To Go
Bologna is a year-round destination but the best months to go are during spring and autumn when the weather is pleasant enough for al fresco dining and the summer crowds haven't yet arrived. The weeks leading up to Christmas can also be particularly festive with several Christmas markets offering traditional gifts and a spectacular street market on New Year's Eve in the 13th-century Piazza Maggiore.
Average monthly temperature and rainfall for Bologna.
Direct flights to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) are available from London Gatwick and London Heathrow and take approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.
From Our Experts
Some Italian cities have a nickname that recalls the historical origin or that describes them: Rome...
Some Italian cities have a nickname that recalls the historical origin or that describes them: Rome the Eternal City; Venice, the Serenissima; Genoa, the Superb; Florence, the Beautiful. Bologna has three nicknames: la dotta, la grassa e la rossa (the learned, the fat and the red). The first is due to the presence of a university that dates back to 1088, the oldest in the Western world; the second best characterises the passion of Bologna people for their rich and exquisite cuisine; while the reason for the third nickname is the reddish colour of the houses in the city.
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Only 50 metres away from the majestic Piazza Maggiore lies one of Bologna's oldest hotels. Dating...
Only a short walk from Piazza Maggiore and the Two Towers lies Bologna's most prestigious...
Multi Centre Holidays
Bologna & any destination of your choice
Combining two or more destinations on your holiday is the perfect way to see and experience more of Italy. Bologna's train station is one of the best connected in the country, making most of Italy within easy reach for visitors. Florence, Venice and Milan are only a short train-ride away and even the south of Italy can be reached in just over two hours. It's also well placed to hire a car and explore Italy's beautiful countryside. We've included some of our favourite suggestions below but our expert Travel Advisors will be happy to talk to you about planning your own itinerary.
For food and wine enthusiasts, the Tuscan countryside is the perfect complement to 'La Grassa'. Bologna is widely considered the food capital of Italy, famous for its Bolognese sauce, tortellini and tagliatelle. It's also a great place to sample the wines of Emilia Romagna before heading to its neighbouring region to compare notes.
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Bologna's medieval buildings are a lovely complement to Florence's renowned Renaissance architecture and combining these two cities is ideal for those looking for a cultured holiday.
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Milan is just an hour's train journey from Bologna but it's a complete contrast to the medieval city of Bologna. The fashion capital of the world offers visitors the chance to marvel at impressive architecture, such as its famous Duomo, and spend their days window shopping on streets that house endless designer stores.
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