Bologna Holidays

Holidays in Bologna will take you to one of Italy’s most elegant and exciting cities. Among the weaving porticoes and medieval towers, you will experience spirited markets and bustling arcades, all in a city that continues to feel vibrant and welcoming long into the evening. Bologna holds international acclaim for its food, architecture and automobile design, while retaining an authentic and intimate city centre where each street exhibits the city’s historical and social roots. Whether you are looking to taste the local tortelli al tartufo nero underneath the shadows of the famous Due Torri or for relaxing evenings spent strolling through the Colli district to watch the sun set over the skyline, you will find much to enjoy in this remarkable city.

Bologna’s food culture could entertain and fascinate even the most experienced gastronome. It is commonplace to witness the making of fresh pasta and the tasting of locally made burrata when walking around the central piazza. Alongside these delights, Bologna hosts over fifty museums displaying work from renowned historical figures such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Mozart, as well as prestigious modern institutions such as the MAMbo, Museo D’arte Moderna Di Bologna, which maintain a thriving contemporary art scene.

Experience Bologna like no other

Citalia will support your trip to Bologna with specialist understanding and knowledge of the city and surroundings, allowing for a truly special visit.

Upon arrival in central Bologna, you’ll find yourself immersed in roofs of aged terracotta, impressive towers, and the marvellous, embellished palazzo. A short walk in any direction will take you to another distinct district and you may find yourself in awe underneath the arches of the University of Bologna or wandering through the colourful maze of the 16th Century Jewish ghetto. It’s remarkably easy to stumble upon a hidden bar or tucked away restaurant where you can eat and drink with the locals.

Those seeking to immerse themselves in Italian culture will be able to enjoy the Cineteca di Bologna, which, as well as operating a wonderful cinema, contains an immense archive of cinema footage and writing. There is also the International Museum and Library of Music which not only showcases the city’s important musical heritage but is currently situated inside the Palazzo Sanguinetti, a building full of decadent design which has been preserved for hundreds of years.
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Handpicked Hotels in Bologna

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Things to do in Bologna

Visiting the Emilia-Romagna region places you among the finest food producers in Italy. A short train ride from Bologna will take you to other, significant cities of food culture. In Parma, further north, you’ll be able to taste distinguished Parmesan cheese and prosciutto. The city is also home to the highly desirable culatello, a cured meat known for its artisan production. In Ferrara taste delicious panpepato, a spiced, nutty cake with hundreds of years history. Alternatively, visit Modena for the city’s famous balsamic vinegar, the traditional tigella bread, or the world’s most revered restaurant, Osteria Francescana. The ease of train travel in the region opens up each beautiful city for exploration on your holiday.

Automobile enthusiasts will be enthralled to discover, alongside the celebrated Ferrari museum, there are also Maserati, Ducati and Lamborghini museums respectively, and each within a short bus or train ride from the centre of Bologna. The exhibitions offer a wide collection of Italian vehicle design and great insight into the region’s rich motorsport identity. Many of the venues, such as the recently renovated Ducati museum, also allow entrance into their factory for first-hand experience of their production. The Maserati Museum in Modena allows you to test drive their most iconic race cars on a private track, in the Italian countryside, near Parma. For an added sense of freedom, travel across these surrounding regions with a self-drive tour, allowing you to adventure through the countryside, witnessing each stunning vista at your own pace.

Flight Information

Direct flights to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) are available from London Gatwick and London Heathrow and take approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

When 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.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.


Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
On guided tours/excursions, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide at the end of the tour.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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