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
Side by side (or you could say, the two parts of a single big square shaped like a square), they represent the prestigious monumental center of the red city. Here you will find City Hall, the Palace of the Magistrate, Saint Petrone Cathedral, the Pal..
Piazza del Nettuno I - 40124 Bologna
Neptune, colossus in majesty, rolls his muscular chest under the attentive gaze of the enamoured sirens who press their breasts forward frenetically, as water spurts out of them. This fountain is as powerful and graceful as the city itself knows how ..
Via dell' Archiginnasio 2 I - 40124 Bologna
It has some very nice collections that are partially from the Necropolis of Verucchio, near Rimini, a major center of Villanovan culture in Emilia: rich funerary furniture and the askos Benacci, which was probably a container for ointments and perfum..
Via Della Zecca 2 I - 40121 Bologna
Hotel Centrale is just a few steps from Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. It boasts beautiful views across the rooftops of Bologna. Hotel Centrale is housed in a characteristic, historic building. Each guest room comes with Wi-Fi access and ..
Via de' Fusari, 9 I - 40123 Bologna
Prix Prices from : 95 €
Dating back to 1375, Al Cappello Rosso is one of Bologna’s oldest boutique hotels. It combines 600 years of hospitality with modern facilities to ensure a pleasant stay next to Piazza Maggiore, the city’s main square. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi ..
Via IV Novembre 10 I - 40123 Bologna
Prix Prices from : 107 €
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
Explore Bologna's untouched medieval center in style on a private walking tour with your own English-speaking guide to lead the way. You'll enjoy personalized attention on your private walking tour of Bologna's highlights. Untouched by mass touris..
Prices from : 75 €
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..
Prices from : 99 €
This private cycling and sightseeing tour explores Bologna with the freedom of a bicycle. See some of the most important buildings in the city such as Palazzo Accursio, Palazzo del Protesta, the Sala Borsa, Palazzo re Enzo and the famous Fountain of ..
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 dell'Indipendenza 8 I - 40121 Bologna
via degli Orefici 19 I - 40124 Bologna
A bar, restaurant and osteria 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 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.
vicolo Alemagna 2/b I - 40125 Bologna
This restaurant - an important part of Bologna's culinary scene for the past 50 years - specialises in delicious traditional, local cuisine. The tempting dishes displayed in the window add a delightful retro touch.
vicolo De' Facchini 4 I - 40124 Bologna
A bistro-style restaurant whose simple decor contrasts with its occasionally elaborate cuisine. Fish takes pride of place here. The menu features delicious dishes such as paccheri pasta with a scallop and artichoke sauce or ricciola fish in a potato ..