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Located 6 km northwest of Bologna city centre is the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). Named after the Nobel laureate and Bologna native, Guglielmo Marconi, it is the main international gateway of the city. 

 

The airport has two terminals, the main terminal and the East terminal. Transit to and from the airport is by bus, taxi, train or car rental. 

Quick facts about Bologna

Car rent

from $ 17 per day

Hotel booking

from $ 33 per night

Currency

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Reference average prices in Bologna

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

$17.07

🍕Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

$ 56.90

🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

$ 5.69

🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

$ 1.48

🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)

$ 776

Best time to visit Bologna

The best time to explore the city
from March to October
Prices
Hotels from $33
Temperature
Bologna is coldest in January when the average temperature is 3°C and hottest in July when temperatures average 25°C and the most daily sunshine is 10 hrs.
Precipitation
Average annual rainfall for Bologna is 774 mm and April is the wettest month, receiving up to 70 mm of rain.

The weather

The best time to visit Bologna is from March to October when the weather is mild; excluding August when the summer is particularly harsh. 

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A city dominated by a student population, Bologna is situated in in northern Italy and is home to the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.

Bologna lies in the Emilia Romagna region, a popular trade and learning centre, which was founded by the Etruscans. The centre of the city, where you can find the Piazza Maggiore and other attractions, is usually crowded and lively. However other residential areas, parks and neighbourhoods are quite relaxed and peaceful, allowing you to enjoy the everyday life of the city and its people.

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Things to do in Bologna

Ruled in the past by the Etruscans, Celts and Romans, Bologna has always served as a major economic and cultural hub of Italy. Its long history has resulted in a variety of cultural attractions, high quality museums, and marvellous architecture. 

 

Its main economies include a strong financial sector, and the manufacturing industry. Bologna also serves as a major transport hub. A highly affordable and welcoming city, it has a completely different ambiance from other popular cities in Italy, one that cannot be explained, only experienced. 

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The leaning towers of Bologna

Where Pisa has one, Bologna has two leaning towers, one taller than the other. Named after important Italian families, the Asinelli and Garisenda towers stand next to each other in the Piazza di Porta Ravegnana. 

 

Visitors can climb these legendary towers for spectacular views of the city. The Asinelli tower, which used to be a stronghold and a prison, stands at 97.2m. Garisenda, which stands at a mere 48m, has a more noticeable tilt.

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Archiginnasio

One of the most important buildings in the city, the Archiginnasio is now home to the famous Anatomical Theatre, but used to be the main building of the University of Bologna.

 

Located on the Piazza Galvani, the building was created in the 16th century, and has the Anatomical Theatre built completely out of wood, as its centrepiece. The room has a number of statues of famous medical practitioners, and also a lot of wood panelling. In its centre is an ornate anatomical table, surrounded by seating, where students would have watched their teachers perform demonstrations, and learned about the human anatomy. 

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Bologna National Gallery

Located within the old university complex, in close reach to the Piazza Maggiore, the National Gallery displays works related to Burgas and the Emilian region, paintings that date back as far as the 13th and 18th centuries. 

 

The museum has two sections, the Accademia Clementina, which contains a variety of Byzantine paintings from the 13th century, and the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, which displays works from later dates. 

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Piazza Maggiore

Located right in the centre of the city is the historical Piazza Maggiore. A square lined with important buildings, such as the Basilica di San Petronio and the Palazzo Comunale, the Palazzo del Podesta, Pallazo d’Accursio, and the Piazza del Nettuno where visitors will find the beautifully famous Fountain of Neptune. 

 

This location is great for a relaxing lunch or dinner on Italian cuisine, or time exploring the basilica, palaces and enjoying the view of stunning architecture. 

Bologna Cuisine​

Bologna is home to great Italian cuisine; each region in the country has a different taste, and Bologna has a particularly rich culinary culture. 

Some foods you will encounter include the Tagliatelle al Ragu, which even though it might remind you of a regular Spaghetti Bolognese, is anything but regular.

There is also mortadella, a large sausage of 15% pork fat, spiced with nutmeg, black peppers, pistachios and myrtle berries. 

Another dish you would likely come across is Green Lasagna, made out of fresh spinach pasta, béchamel, Ragu sauce and Parmigiano.

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