Bologna is a creative European city that captivates you by its genuineness and emotions. It’s the largest city of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna area. Centrally located, the city holds the seventh rank among the most populated cities of Italy.
Standing 177 feet above the sea level, the city is located on the periphery of the Po Plain at the foot of the Apennine Ranges and at the convergence of the Savena and Reno river valleys. As the two essential watercourses of Bologna flow straightway to the sea, the city lies outside River Po’s drainage basin. The Bologna Province extends from the western rim of the Po Plain to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.
How to reach (Transport)
By Air: The Guglielmo Marconi International Airport is located fifteen minutes from historic downtown by bus, connecting the city to the prominent European and Italian airports. The Bologna airport is a prominent halt option in Italy for the major flights moving to and fro to the other destinations.
By Train: For the premeditated geographic location, between the north and downtown – Bologna turns out to be the major railway junction in Italy. One can avail high-speed trains from here and can expect a wide range of trains as well as passengers in the coming days.
By car: There are two major Italian motorways (A1 and A14) in Bologna that link the south and north of the country. These motorways connect Bologna to the other prominent cities of Italy.
By Bus: The historical hub of Bologna or more specifically the region inside the beltway has limited entry to tourist buses from 7.00 am in the morning to 8.00 pm in the evening regularly, including holidays.
When to visit
The best time to visit Bologna is from March or April to October as the weather is warm during these months. But, prefer avoiding the months of July and August as the weather is pretty hot then and most of the restaurants and shops are closed. January and February are quite cold and if one is planning to make a travel then, one should do that two weeks prior to the onset of Christmas.
Points of Interest (Places to Visit) Bologna is an ancient university city with abundant porticoed walkways, fine historic apartments, and an appealing medieval center. The city is noted for its own enigmatic character with stretched arcaded streets, brick-built palaces, innumerable ancient churches, and leaning towers. Some of the noted attractions of Bologna include:
Museum and Art Galleries: National Gallery of Bologna, Archaeological City Museum, Medieval Museum, Municipal Ancient Art Collection, Modern Art Gallery, the Museum for the Memory of Ustica, International Museum and Library of Music.
Historical buildings and streets: King Enzo Palace, The Town Hall, Palace of the former Seminary, Majani Little Palace, Ronzani Palace, and House of the Spanish College
Churches: The Basilica of St Petronio, St. Pietro, the Basilica of St. Stefano, and Church of Santa Maria dei Servi
Most of the accommodations are located near the business hub of the city. In order to keep off from the hectic spring and autumn trade-fair months because the prices are quite high then one need to make prior reservations so as to avoid last minute rush. Those eyeing on a lavish stay can plan their stay at Grand Hotel Majestic Gia' Baglioni, Il Convento Dei Fiori Di Seta, Hotel Metropolitan, and Hotel Porta San Mamolo. On the other hand, if one is looking for budget options, then hotels like Hotel Ideale, Ramada Encore Bologna Fiera, Paradise Hotel, Hotel Porta San Mamolo, and Albergo Centrale are available.
Last Updated : October 03, 2014