Mini guide to Bologna
A centre of the Renaissance movement and filled with architectural delights,
the city of Bologna is one of Italy's greatest treasures. Often overlooked and
in the shadow of Venice and Florence, this city can be a great respite after
fighting the crowds of tourists vying for space in the bigger cities. You'll
find magnificent sienna-coloured buildings, marbled sidewalks and porticos,
not to mention a myriad of restaurants and cafés.
Walk into the old town and you'll find the sweeping Piazza Maggiore and adjoining
Piazza del Nettuno, which form the centre of the old town. Located here are
some of the city's most gracious medieval and Renaissance buildings.
Driving through the region is recommended, as there is much to see and do.
Florence and Venice are only a few hours drive from Bologna. There are also
several nearby attractions to add to the appeal of this important Renaissance
Bologna is renowned for its fabulous restaurants, serving the very best of
Italy's cuisine. Gourmets come here in hordes to sample the cuisine: the pastas
(tortellini, tagliatelle and lasagna verde), and the meat and poultry specialities
(zampone, veal cutlet bolognese and tender turkey breasts in sauce supreme).
Bologna's commercial power might well be owed to its felicitous location between
Florence and Venice. Its university is the oldest in Europe (founded 1088) and
has for years been a hub of art and culture. Through the centuries Bologna has
been one of Italy's great powers and, in the city today, a discernible economic
Bologna's central location makes it reasonably easy to get to. Bologna is linked
to Milan by the A1 Autostrada del Sole. Eurostar trains run from around Italy
and buses run regularly from just about everywhere. Bologna's international
airport (Guglielmo Marconi) is just northwest of the city.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Boscolo Hotel Tower Bologna
Holiday Inn Bologna Via Emilia
Jolly Hotel De La Gare
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