Your travel guide to Bologna
Home of Lamborghini, tortellini and the oldest university in Europe, Bologna, Italy offers a mix of old, new and ever-changing culture ranging from a passionate basketball following to an equally passionate love for Bolognese sauce.
Bologna is a popular tourist destination, even for Italians themselves, coming in from all over the country on Trenitalia trains into the most important train hub in Italy; Bologna Central Station. Hotels and b&bs next to and around Bologna station are plentiful and now even easier to book on Venere.com where you will find competitive rates and a good choice.
Bologna central station may be the starting point for Bologna city breaks, but Bologna Forlì Airport and Bologna Airport (Guglielmo Marconi International) see their fair share of traffic, the latter being a mere 15 minutes from the city center. Bologna airport hotels have seen a rise in popularity for those staying in and around Bologna, easily found thanks to the savy maps on Venere.com.
Bologna is visited throughout the year, though the temperatures during the winter can get rather low. Piazza Maggiore in the snow is definitely worth a few photos as is the Basilica of San Petronio. On one side of the square, a little street called Via delle Pescherie Vecchie leads to a delightful fish market and many, almost secret, backstreets where you can sample some of the finest Emilia-Romagna cuisine from freshly-made tortellini to succulent mortadella ham.
Many visit Bologna for the Bologna Motor Show and International Exhibition of Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Furnishings among other exhibitions held in the area called Fiera. Hotels in the Bologna Fiera district are the best for easy access to the exhibitions, although Bologna is a relatively small city so even if you stay in the very center, traveling around is easy.