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Bologna is an Italian university town that lies at the foot of the Apennines, known for its red roofed buildings and ornate arcades. While the town has a long and storied history that shows in its architecture, it also has that youthful exuberance, thanks to its student population. This makes it a lively and fun to explore, especially during the evening.
Visit Piazza Maggiore, a large plaza surrounded by important buildings from the Middle Ages, such as the Palazzo del Podesta and Palazzo Re Enzo. If you like a challenge, climb the towers; the leaning tower is 97 meters high and, together with the Garisenda (48 meters high), is probably the biggest eye-catcher on the Bologna skyline.
One of the most popular places to stay is the historic centre. The is full of the classic style of architecture with its red roofs, a style which is employed in most of of Bologna's main attractions, such as the University of Bologna, which is the oldest in Europe! The striking Asinelli and Garisenda Tower, and the Basilica of San Petronio (the main church of the city) are all built in a similar style and are also very popular with the visitors.
Another popular hotspot to stay is the area around Bologna Central Station, one of the busiest train stations in Italy. The station provides high-speed lines to Milan, amongst other destinations, and is just a few minutes’ walk from the historic centre.
Around here you’ll find a number of business hotels with such facilities as terraces and fitness rooms. Other possibilities are family, and luxurious pet friendly hotels. In total you can choose from approximately 20 properties.
Bologna Fiere is one of the largest convention centres in Europe and is located only a few kilometres from the historic centre. It has 18 rooms, approximately 15,000 covered parking spaces and even has a helipad.
As you’d imagine, you can find several business hotels close to the conference centre. In most cases these provide free WiFi, (free) parking, dry cleaning and meeting and conference rooms. All in all, you have the choice of about 25 properties.