Things to see and do - Bologna
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Bologna Travel guide
Bologna : Michelin's recommendations
Bologna is a city of art, home to the School of Painting which included the Caracci brothers and Guercini; a city of learning, thanks to its famous university, one of the oldest in Europe; and a city of plenty, with fertile agricultural land and fine gastronomic traditions, which have made the city a temple of Italian cuisine. It is also known as “Bologna the Red”, a name with political connotations which originally referred to the red brick of its buildings, towers and 37km of arcades.
Tourist attractions Bologna : Things to see and do
Piazza Maggiore e del Nettuno I - 40124 Bologna
Between medieval palaces and the Gothic basilica, the heart of Bologna unfolds around an immense open area made up of the Maggiore and Nettuno Squares. The Fontana del Nettuno, a huge bronze by Flemish sculptor Jean Bologne (1529-1608) is both gracef..
Piazza Navona I - 40124 Bologna
On Piazza Magiorre, the fountain of Neptune, work of Flemish sculptor John of Bologna (1529-1608), features a muscular bronze giant surrounded by mermaids who press their breasts to release water. This fountain is as powerful and graceful as the city..
Piazza Galvani 1 I - 40124 Bologna
The 16C palazzo dell'Archiginnasio, rich in lavish decoration, houses an artists' lecture hall, the city library containing more than 2 500 early printed books and 15 000 rare 16C volumes, in addition to an anatomy amphitheatre (17C), formerly devote..
Via de Pignattari 11 I - 40124 Bologna
Located in the historical centre of Bologna, The Art Hotel Commercianti offers free breakfast, free WiFi throughout. It is next to the San Petronio Basilica and the Fountain of Neptune. Bike hire is also free. All the rooms include a satellite TV, a..
Via Monte Grappa 9/2 I - 40121 Bologna
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The highlight of Hotel Palace is its location, set in the heart of the historic centre of Bologna, a 5-minute walk from Piazza Maggiore. Take advantage of free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and vending machines with soft drinks are available on every floor. ..
Via IV Novembre 10 I - 40123 Bologna
Prix Prices from : 114 €
Offering a free internet point and free bike rental, Hotel Orologio is set in a traffic-free area overlooking Piazza Maggiore square and Bologna's historic centre. The Towers of Bologna are 5 minutes' walk away. All rooms are elegantly decorated wit..
Leisure activities Bologna
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Ferrari, Ducati and Lamborghini! Italy means sports cars, so take the opportunity to visit the prestigious stomping ground of some of the best-known sports car manufacturers in the world on this private full-day tour. Be part of the glamorous lifesty..
A unique cityscape, Bologna's porticoes offer 25 miles (40 kilometers) of covered walkways to discover and enjoy. Set off on a private walking tour with your professional guide and and learn about the wooden structures which were once the solution fo..
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Take your taste buds on a trip to remember through Bologna on this private gastronomy tour. You'll enjoy personalized attention from your English-speaking guide on this private tour of Bologna's fabulous food highlights. Escape to the Italian coun..
via San Donato 161 I - 40127 BOLOGNA
The pasta dough is handmade and the tortellini prepared in a traditional way in this typical trattoria. It specialises in dishes from the Emilia region with a particular focus on mushrooms and truffles.
via dell'Indipendenza 8 I - 40121 BOLOGNA
The ceiling at this restaurant is adorned with superb frescoes by the school of the Carracci brothers (hence the name), while the cuisine focuses on classic Italian favourites accompanied by an interesting choice of wines from around the world.
Vicolo Colombina 5/b I - 40124 Bologna
This restaurant is situated right in the heart of the historic centre among the narrow alleyways near the market and Piazza Maggiore. It serves traditional cuisine with a subtle contemporary twist in two modern dining rooms. Carefully chosen wine lis..
via Orefici 19 I - 40124 Bologna
This bar, restaurant and osteria is housed on different floors in a large bookshop. Guests eat among the bookshelves, where they can enjoy the range of gastronomic fare that is typical of Eataly. Excellent cuisine in an original location.
via Oberdan 4 I - 40126 BOLOGNA
From Grandmother to grandsons, all are employed in this simple trattoria that serves genuine Emilia cuisine and some fish dishes; outdoor dining in summer is pleasant.
via dell'Indipendenza 69 I - 40121 BOLOGNA
This traditional Bologna restaurant now has a new star - a young chef from Castellammare who has conquered the city with his authentic Neapolitan cuisine. He delights his guests with the abundant, fresh ingredients that arrive daily from the Campania..
via Battibecco 4 I - 40123 BOLOGNA
Situated in a narrow street in the city centre, this stylish, elegant restaurant is renowned for its traditional dishes and seafood specialities. Simpler fare at more moderate prices available at lunchtime.