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Bologna - Indulge in Italy’s Fat and Learned City

40128 Bologna City center: 3 km
Dbl. from 63.00EUR
8.5
40124 Bologna City center: 1 km
Dbl. from 131.00EUR
9.4
40121 Bologna City center: 0.8 km
Dbl. from 82.00EUR
9.9
40122 Bologna City center: 1 km
Dbl. from 73.00EUR
7.0
40121 Bologna City center: 0 km
Dbl. from
379.07EUR
138.00EUR
8.4
40055 Bologna City center: 6 km
Dbl. from
195.00EUR
72.00EUR
8.3
40126 Bologna City center: 0 km
Dbl. from
405.00EUR
107.00EUR
6.1
40127 Bologna City center: 2.9 km
Dbl. from
300.00EUR
69.00EUR
8.6
40125 Bologna City center: 0 km
Dbl. from
366.00EUR
108.00EUR
7.1
40127 Bologna City center: 5 km
Dbl. from
171.30EUR
67.00EUR
7.4
40121 Bologna City center: 1.4 km
Dbl. from
567.10EUR
98.00EUR
7.4
40133 Bologna City center: 2.5 km
Dbl. from
161.33EUR
69.00EUR
8.2
40132 Bologna City center: 3.9 km
Dbl. from
403.00EUR
75.00EUR
8.5
40121 Bologna City center: 0.5 km
Dbl. from
780.00EUR
147.00EUR
6.3
40127 Bologna City center: 3.2 km
Dbl. from
203.00EUR
83.00EUR
8.8
40138 Bologna City center: 4.5 km
Dbl. from
348.00EUR
93.00EUR
8.8
40122 Bologna City center: 1 km
Dbl. from
193.00EUR
62.00EUR
7.9
40121 Bologna City center: 1.3 km
Dbl. from
298.00EUR
98.00EUR
7.0
40128 Bologna City center: 5 km
Dbl. from
247.00EUR
79.00EUR
8.8
40127 Bologna City center: 4.7 km
Dbl. from
215.10EUR
74.00EUR
8.6
40127 Bologna City center: 5.1 km
Dbl. from
372.55EUR
76.00EUR
8.3
40132 Bologna City center: 7.5 km
Dbl. from
180.00EUR
95.00EUR
6.0
40126 Bologna City center: 0 km
Dbl. from
135.00EUR
85.00EUR
7.8
40121 Bologna City center: 1.1 km
Dbl. from
903.01EUR
179.00EUR
9.9
40121 Bologna City center: 1.2 km
Dbl. from
329.00EUR
102.00EUR
7.8
The bird’s eye view of Bologna, which you can get from atop the Torre degli Asinelli, is stunning. Under the blaze of the summer sun, the city is brick red. Though less popular than its neighbors Venice, Milan, and Rome, Bologna is actually known as both the educational and gastronomic center of Italy. Nicknamed “The Learned,” it is home to the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, where the roster of celebrated students includes Dante, Petrarch, Erasmus, and Copernicus. Also lovingly monickered “The Fat,” Bologna draws foodies from all over the world with its famous ragù alla bolognese and fresh tortellini. A trip to this metropolis would not be disappointing. You can indulge your senses in the sight of soaring porticos, feast at a fancy trattoria, shop at the piazza, or chat with the students at a university cafe.

Location: The capital of culture and music

The largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna, Bologna is located at the foot of the Apennine Mountains, between the Reno and Savena river valleys, by the edge of the Po Plain. It is a comfortable drive away from Florence, Venice, Milan, and Rome. A well-preserved historical center and metropolitan hub, it was named the European Capital of Culture in 2000 as well as the UNESCO City of Music in 2006.

Business: A Booming Industrial Center

An important railway and motorway hub, Bologna is also the hub of a booming industrial center. It is home to several fair-trade organizations, automobile manufacturers such as Lamborghini and Ducati, textile and retail companies, and tech industries. Furthermore, one of the country’s largest food processing companies is headquartered in the city.

Culture: A University City with an Old-World Charm

Despite its fancy trattorias, expensive boutiques, and ritzy bars, Bologna still has the feel of a university city with an old-world charm. Must-sees include the Piazza Maggiore, the old square and market place. On one side, it is flanked by the medieval Palazzo d'Accursio, on the other by antique building with sweeping porticos, of which Portico di San Luca is the world’s longest. Another popular site is the basilica Santuario della Madonna di San Luca, a church on a hilltop that houses an image of the Virgin Mary that is said to be painted by St. Luke, and was transported to Italy in the 12th century. It is also noteworthy to see the Due Torri, Bologna’s “leaning towers.”

Activities: Take a Bite Out of the Gastronomic City

You cannot go to Italy’s “gastronomic center” without sampling the food and wine that everyone is raving about. So while you’re there, be sure you take the time to taste the local tortellini. A fresh egg pasta, you can opt for the version stuffed with meat or ricotta cheese and spinach. Also, try the original ragù alla bolognese, Bologna sausage, and some mortadella. And make sure you ask the sommelier for a bottle of the local vino!