Italy always has been the city of charm, romance and beauty and its hard to say no when it comes to visiting Italy for holidays. It has its own style, countless beautiful towns, great history, amazing architecture and works of art whether its Rome, Florence or Venice. But there is this one city that is quite underrated but it is worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. That city is Bologna, the largest city of Emilia Romagna Region and 7th most populated city in Italy. Bologna is located in northern part of Italy, just between Milan, Venice and Florence, and offers some world famous landmarks and tourist attraction for visitors. Millions of visitors come here every year to enjoy exploring with some other activities like relaxation at Spas, outdoor sports, golf, cycling on famous tracks and urban tracking. Bologna has a rich 2500 years of history as the city was founded in 6th century BC. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Bologna was taken over by Lombards and this proved to be the golden time for this city as the oldest University in Europe was founded here in 1088. This was the time when some great monuments and historic buildings were established in the city. The 20th century made Bologna one of the most politically active cities after the World Wars. Bologna can also be called the Museum City because the it itself is an open air museum because of its great examples of splendid architecture everywhere.
Bologna has a warm humid temperate climate with quite hot summers. The temperature varies from 30 F to 88 F throughout the year and there are no dry seasons. The warmest month is July and coldest one is January. You can expect more than 300 days of sunshine and rainfall is maximum around December. Precipitation is highest during April and lowest during July. The best time to visit Bologna is between February and June.
How to get here?
The Guglielmo Marconi International Airport serves Bologna and is one of the busiest airports in Italy. It is located just 6 km northwest of city downtown. It receives numerous flights from major airline carriers like Delta, American, Jet Airways and more. There is airport shuttle service available to reach city centre and it cost just 5 euros. You can also reach Bologna quite easily by train service because of the central location of the city between Venice, Florence and Milan. You can get around the city by buses, trams, cabs and car rentals.
Accommodation and Food
From five star luxury hotels to inexpensive B&Bs, a number of hotels and tourist lodgings can be easily found in Bologna. Five star accommodations include 4 Viale Masini Design Hotel with luxury suites, wellness centre and conference centre, AC Bologna located just 700 m from the central railway station, Aemilia Hotel just 8 km from the airport. Other affordable options include Al Cappello Rosso, Amadeus, Albergo Delle Drapperie, Alloro Suite Hotel, Arcoveggio, Art Hotel Commercianti, Art Hotel Corona d’Oro, Art Hotel Orologio, Donatello, Eden, Fattori Roveri, Fiera, Garisenda, Giardinetto, Grand Hotel, Elite, HC 3 Hotel, Holiday Inn, Imperial, Internazionale, Kennedy, La Pioppa, Marco Polo, Millennhotel, NH Bologna de la Gare, Nuovo Hotel del Porto and Novotel Bologna Fiera.
You will find a lot of restaurants, pizzerias, farm holidays, Bolognese taverns, pubs and bars offering all tastes from organic and ethnic to creative and traditional Bolognese. Some of the most luxurious places to eat in Bologna are Battibecco offering excellent fish dishes, linguine with lobsters, sea bass baked in salt and San Pietro alla genovese, Edonisia featuring organic and biodynamic food, I Portici featuring creative cuisine, and Ristorante I Carracci featuring delicious seafood. Some affordable eateries include Altotasso, Antica Bologna, Antico Cafe del Corso, Bakery Station, Auld Dubliner, Circolo Pickwick, Clorofilla, Cucchiaio d’Oro and Enoteca Des Arts.
Two Towers of Bologna
The Towers of Bologna are two medieval structures located at Piazza di Porta Ravegnana. Both towers were built in 12th century by city Patricians and since then these towers have been defying gravity because both of these towers are inclining almost 2.5 m. The smaller one is called Garisenda which is 49 m tall, swaying tipsily to the south and the taller one is called Asinelli which is 102 m tall. The entry to Piazza di Porta Ravegnana costs 3 euros and it remains open daily.
San Petronio Basilica
The Basilica of San Petronio is the main church of the city located at Piazza Galvani. Its construction started in 1390 but after so many breaks it finally got completed in 1954 and since then it has been the landmark of the city. The main attractions of the church are the unusual scientific intrusion, the sundial, incomplete front facade and semi constructed apses. The church remains open daily and you can take a guided private tour any time of the day.
Fountain of the Neptune
The Fountain of the Neptune is a monumental fountain located in the Piazza del Nettuno, Bolgana. The Neptune is made of bronze with four nerneides on each corner of the base and was completed in 1565 by Jean de Boulogne. Piazza del Nettuno’s fountain is one of the most visited and photographed spots in Bolgana and famous as one of the greatest work of arts and design. The fountain is open to public and the admission to Piazza del Nettuno is also free.