BolognaItaly

Explore Bologna: its history, museums, food, and more!

Gourmet restaurants, interesting history, and top sights from Piazza Maggiore to Parco Nord Arena—discover Bologna, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Where to stay in Bologna

Bologna City Centre showing heritage elements

Historic Center

4/5Very Good!(235 area reviews)

Historic Center is known for its popular shops, and you can see some sights in the area like Piazza Maggiore and Palazzo Re Enzo.

Historic Center
Basilica of San Petronio showing interior views, religious elements and a church or cathedral

Santo Stefano

5/5Exceptional!(3 area reviews)

Santo Stefano is known for its charming coffeehouses, and you can make a stop by Margherita Gardens and Basilica of San Domenico while in the area.

Santo Stefano
BolognaFiere featuring signage and modern architecture

Bologna Fiere District

Museums, historic sites, and gardens are just a few things travelers enjoy about Bologna Fiere District. Check out Parco Nord Arena or Ippodromo Arcoveggio while you're exploring the area.

Bologna Fiere District
Bologna featuring a city, heritage architecture and street scenes

Saragozza-Porto

4/5Very Good!(13 area reviews)

Saragozza-Porto is known for its great bars, and you can make a stop by Piazza Maggiore and Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca while in the area.

Saragozza-Porto
BolognaFiere

San Donato-San Vitale

4/5Very Good!(30 area reviews)

San Donato-San Vitale is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to FICO Eataly World or EuropAuditorium Theater.

San Donato-San Vitale
Really cosy bar :)

L'antico Ghetto Ebraico

You'll enjoy the museums and shopping in L'antico Ghetto Ebraico. You might want to make time for a stop at Via Zamboni or Jewish Museum.

L'antico Ghetto Ebraico

Top Hotels in Bologna

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Savoia Hotel Regency
Savoia Hotel Regency
4.5 out of 5
Via Pilastro 2, Bologna, BO
The price is $70 per night

Located in San Donato-San Vitale, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of BolognaFiere, Piazza Maggiore, and University of Bologna. FICO Eataly World and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (859 reviews)

"15 minutes by taxi from the airport (€20) and the same to town or a €2 bus ride. We went at new year and thought the New Years party was excellent value and great fun. Probably a good base in the summer if you wanted to tour Italy and visited Florence, Pisa etc. Close to the Ducati and Ferrari ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2020

Savoia Hotel Regency
Hotel Corona d'Oro
Hotel Corona d'Oro
4.5 out of 5
Via Oberdan 12, Bologna, BO
The price is $120 per night

Located in Historic Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Zamboni, Piazza Maggiore, and University of Bologna. BolognaFiere and Sant'Orsola ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (580 reviews)

"Location is on the SPOT. Everything is within walking distance from the hotel. The Hotel staff are very friendly and accommodating. They offer room service for breakfast instead of the regular reception area where they serve a spread of breakfast buffet. They are very prompt in delivering your tray, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Hotel Corona d'Oro
Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni
Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni
5 out of 5
Via dell'Indipendenza, 8, Bologna, BO
The price is $324 per night

This family-friendly Bologna hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Via Indipendenza and Piazza Maggiore. University of Bologna ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (455 reviews)

"A classical Grand Hotel. The location could not be better. The staff is very professional and friendly. This is not an easy period for any hotel so I wish the entire team to stay strong safe. Hope to be back and enjoy the beautiful city of Bologna."…"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni

Popular places to visit in Bologna

BolognaFiere
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BolognaFiere

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Attend a conference or exhibition in the heart of historic Bologna at a sleek, modern and multipurpose center that hosts events throughout the year. 

Piazza Maggiore
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Piazza Maggiore

4.5/5(217 reviews)

Not only has this been the epicenter of Bologna since the 13th century, but it is also one of the largest and oldest squares in all of Italy. 

Ducati Museum
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Ducati Museum

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Get an insider perspective and discover the history and prestige of the iconic Ducati motorcycle at this museum and factory. 

Fountain of Neptune
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Fountain of Neptune

4.5/5(165 reviews)

This intriguing work of art is one of the most well-known symbols of Bologna and an important public gathering place.

Basilica of San Petronio
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Basilica of San Petronio

4.5/5(128 reviews)

See one of the largest churches in the world and learn the story behind its magnificent yet unfinished marble façade.

Basilica Santo Stefano
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Basilica Santo Stefano

4.5/5(108 reviews)

Go for a stroll through this interconnected group of religious buildings, admiring the graceful architecture and valuable artwork in each.

Top things to do in Bologna

Food & Ferrari: Full-Day Tour with Lunch
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Food & Ferrari: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

$172
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Bologna Street Food Tour
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Bologna Street Food Tour

$89
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Discover Ferrari & Pavarotti Land Tour
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Discover Ferrari & Pavarotti Land Tour

$54
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Food & Ferrari Tour from Florence by Train
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Full-Day Food & Ferrari Tour from Florence by Train

$224
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Food Walking Tour & Tortellini Cooking Class with Lunch
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Food Walking Tour & Tortellini Cooking Class with Lunch

$78
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Ferrari Lamborghini Maserati Museums-Parmigiano Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Tour
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Ferrari Lamborghini Maserati Museums-Parmigiano Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

$309
Per adult

Reviews of Bologna

4.4

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.738095238095238%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 27, 2020

The best food in the world.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 27, 2020

Love the city, walkable, great transportation and close by fast train to visit other cities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Went to the Ducati Factory and Musem Awesome, Recommended!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

Balogna is a very walkable City. Interesting sites and good restaurants.

3/5 - Okay

Alan

Jan 30, 2020

Stay on populated streets, beware the many pick pockets and those scam artists from Africa who work in groups. I don’t know why Italy doesn’t lock them up and deport them, especially when they wait outside the house of God like devils to harm you

5/5 - Excellent

KO

Jan 20, 2020

Lots to see all in close proximity. Lots of closed streets so great for walking or biking.

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