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Bologna City Guide

Escape the crowds in this beautiful historic city, where you’ll find Europe's oldest university and some of the best restaurants in Italy – and that’s saying something.

With its medieval city walls and tiled roofs that make the city look like a giant, beautiful red mosaic, it’s not for nothing that Bologna is known as one of the most photogenic cities in northern Italy. While Florence, Milan and Venice are awash with tourists, Bologna is pleasingly quiet with a close knit community, giving the city an intimate character.

Bologna has the oldest university in Europe, and the large number of students gives the city a great, lively nightlife with plenty of affordable bars and venues. While the history of Bologna is long and fascinating, its modern culture is in full bloom, with some of the best restaurants, galleries and festivals in all of Italy.

Everyone knows Italy’s reputation as a gastronomic giant. Now take into account that Bologna is considered the culinary capital of Italy and surely the mouth will start to salivate just at the thought of visiting. Here the ingredients are top quality and a real care is taken in cooking, so it's almost impossible to find a bad meal. One of the regional specialities is a dish that you undoubtedly know; pasta with a tasty meat sauce, also known as spaghetti Bolognese.

Bologna is connected to all major Italian cities by high-speed rail and also has its own international airport, making it easy to reach no matter where you’re from. Once in the city, you can take a bus or taxi or walk, but you can also do what the locals do, rent a bicycle and explore the city with the wind in your hair.


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Starhotels Excelsior €89
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Starhotels Excelsior

Viale Pietro Pietramellara 51, Bologna, BO
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Hospitality was perfect. Front desk made us feel very welcome.

    I Portici Hotel €77
    Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020
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    I Portici Hotel

    I Portici Hotel

    Via Indipendenza, 69, Bologna, BO
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Well located, great restaurant, clean room, nice area

      Millennhotel €69
      Reviewed on 11 Feb 2020
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      Millennhotel

      Millennhotel

      Via Boldrini 4, Bologna, BO
         
        3.8 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Great location and value for a shower, bed and breakfast.

        Hotel Metropolitan €114
        Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019
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        Hotel Metropolitan

        Hotel Metropolitan

        Via dell'Orso 6, Bologna, BO
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Room very small and dated. But cosy. Bathroom up steps. Dangerous.

          Hotel Internazionale €116
          Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020
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          Hotel Internazionale

          Hotel Internazionale

          Via Indipendenza 60, Bologna, BO
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Extraordinary location, close city center and to train station. Very good breakfast

            Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni €297
            Reviewed on 28 Nov 2019
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            Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni

            Via dell'Indipendenza, 8, Bologna, BO
               
              4.7 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              We loved our stay here so much that we added on an extra night. The staff was very friendly and helpful, organizing a parmigiano and prosciutto tour, information on driving a Ferrari, dinner reservations onsite and offsite, etc. The cocktail bar and lounge was terrific. The room was lovely, comfortable ...

              Hotel Corona d 'Oro €170
              Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020
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              Hotel Corona d 'Oro

              Hotel Corona d 'Oro

              Via Oberdan 12, Bologna, BO
                 
                4.6 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Fabulous position in the centre of Bologna, and very welcoming staff.

                Savhotel €76
                Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020
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                Savhotel

                Savhotel

                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Staff was very nice. First time visitors and they were very helpful. Hotel is a bit far from the city center, had to catch a bus or walk daily to get to activities.

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