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Bologna has long been a lively and cultural city, and the influences of the many groups who lived here, from the Etruscans to the Romans is still apparent. With well-preserved red bricked buildings dating back hundreds of years, it's a delightful city for lovers of history and architecture, with statues, frescos, fountains, and clock towers all with their own unique back story. The city also attracts many major cultural events, from classical concerts to film festivals, and is packed with cosy traditional restaurants to relax in after a long day of sightseeing.

Things to see

The grand Piazza Maggiore is often a first stop for visitors, and this vast paved square is surrounded by some of the city's most iconic buildings. The San Petronio Basilica dominates the square with its gothic facade, and you'll often see tourists sitting on the steps leading up to the entrance, taking photographs and enjoying their takeaway lunches. Walk through the intricately carved archway doors and you'll be able to explore the red bricked nave with its high ceilings, or find one of the smaller, hidden chapels dedicated to different saints. While you are in the square, a trip to the Palazzo dei Notai is also essential, with frescoes dating back to the 15th century, and the dramatic red-bricked architecture that Bologna is famous for. A short stroll away, down many narrow winding streets, you'll find the campus of the University of Bologna; the oldest continuously operating university in the world founded in 1088. Its prestigious alumni list includes 3 popes, political leaders, and famous inventors, and its oldest campus is the Collegio di Spagna which boasts a blend of renaissance and Spanish style architecture.

Hotels in Bologna

There's a wide variety of traditional and modern luxury hotels in Bologna, and most visitors want to enjoy 4 to 5 star accommodation for their city break. In the historic centre you'll find welcoming boutique hotels, with exposed timber beams and decadent décors, and guestrooms here tend to offer amenities such as minibars, safes, bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and free WiFi. Close to the exhibition centre you'll find many modern hotels with stylish, contemporary interiors, and these are particularly popular with business travellers. You'll enjoy features such as restaurants, bars, business centres, concierge services, and fitness centres to help you enjoy your stay.

Where to stay

The historic centre is a popular spot for those on city breaks, and here you are close to the major attractions, with visitors enjoying strolling through the narrow streets. At night, the square and its historic buildings are beautifully illuminated, and you can book a table inside a cosy bistro, or opt to sit outside on a balmy evening, watching people scurrying by. Be sure to sample some locally made bolognese sauce, named after the city, and wash it down with a glass of wine made from grapes grown in the hilly vineyards that surround Bologna.

How to get to Bologna

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is in the northwest of the city, with regular flights arriving from across Europe. From here you can take a taxi into the centre in about 15 minutes, or take one of the regular express buses which take as little as 20 minutes to get to the historic centre. Bologna Centrale railway station is also a busy arrival point, with trains running to and from Florence, Rome, Verona, and many major Italian cities, as well as overnight services to Austria and Germany.