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Located in Bologna City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Via Indipendenza, Fountain of Neptune and National Art Gallery of Bologna. Piazza ...
£80 per night for 2 guests
This family-friendly Bologna hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Via Indipendenza, Fountain of Neptune and Piazza Maggiore. ...
£303 per night for 2 guests
Located in San Donato-San Vitale, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Villa Laura Hospital, National Art Gallery of Bologna and University of Bologna. Two ...
£50 per night for 2 guests
Located in Bologna City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Maggiore and University of Bologna. Sant'Orsola Malpighi Hospital and BolognaFiere ...
£92 per night for 2 guests
Located in Bologna Fiere District, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of FICO Eataly World, BolognaFiere and National Art Gallery of Bologna. University of ...
£52 per night for 2 guests
Located in Bologna City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museo di Anatomia Patologica, National Art Gallery of Bologna and University of Bologna. ...
£75 per night for 2 guests
Located in Bologna City Centre, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ospedale Maggiore di Bologna, Two Towers and Stadio Renato Dall'Ara. Basilica Santo Stefano ...
£40 per night for 2 guests
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Ducati Museum and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Gelato Museum Carpigiani. Stadio Renato Dall'Ara and Fountain ...
£52 per night for 2 guests
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Combining a long history with a lively 21st-century feel, Bologna is an excellent choice for a short city break or as a base for exploring the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. Home to the oldest university in the world, it’s still a major student centre, and the city's youthful population gives it a certain exuberance, so you’ll always find plenty going on. You can spend days wandering the maze of medieval streets and admiring the city’s distinctive red-roofed architecture, before sampling Bologna’s famous food and drink scene in buzzing bars and restaurants in the evening.
Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, therefore it's a major business centre, as well as a popular tourist destination. As you’d expect from such a destination, this means there is a good range of accommodation options.
If you want to stay in the heart of historic Bologna, choose a hotel near Piazza Maggiore. This large plaza is surrounded by some of the city’s most important buildings from the Middle Ages, such as the Palazzo del Podestà and the Palazzo dei Banchi. It’s also where you’ll find the Basilica di San Petronio, a spectacular Gothic-styled cathedral. If you want to find out more about this impressive building, check out the museum that details its long architectural history. From the square, it’s a short walk west to one of city’s most distinctive landmarks, the Towers of Bologna. Standing side by side, two leaning towers – the 318ft-high (97m) Asinelli and 157ft-high (46m) Garisenda – dominate the skyline. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even tackle the climb to the top of Torre degli Asinelli to see the best views of Bologna’s distinctive terracotta-coloured cityscape – be warned though, there are almost 500 steps.
Spend even a short time in Bologna and you’ll quickly become familiar with the city’s signature architectural style of portico-fronted medieval buildings with red-tiled roofs. It’s such a common feature across Bologna’s old town that one of the city’s nicknames is La Rossa (the red one). It's on display in many of the city’s most striking sights, like the University of Bologna. Founded in 1088 this ancient seat of learning is the oldest existing university in the world.
Bologna’s historic centre is compact and easily navigated on foot. If you’d prefer to not bother bringing a car, pick a hotel close to the city’s large central train station. It’s one of the busiest in Italy, with links to destinations such as Milan, Naples and Rome. You’ll find plenty of hotels close to the station, like the Starhotels Excelsior and the Allegroitalia Espresso Bologna, both of which offer stylish and affordable accommodation. However, if you are planning on driving, make things easy by choosing a hotel with parking in Bologna.
Bologna has long had a reputation as a culinary centre, so it’s the perfect destination if you enjoy your food. It’s also the birthplace of dishes like tagliatelle al ragù, mortadella tortellini and, of course, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, and the city is packed with restaurants serving up authentic Italian cuisine made from the freshest local ingredients. There’s even a food-based ‘theme park’ called Fico Eataly World a few miles west of central Bologna, where you can learn about Italian cuisine, take part in cooking classes and, of course, sample lots of the Emilia-Romagna’s regional specialities. Alternatively, head to the Quadrilatero district south of Via Rizzoli to find stalls selling the finest locally-produced wines, cheese and charcuterie.
If you’re going to be in town for business, you’ll probably want to find a hotel near BolognaFiere. Just a few miles north of the central Bologna, it’s one of the largest conference centres in Europe and a major venue for business events and trade shows. There’s plenty of accommodation nearby, but you’ll find a good choice of business hotels in Bologna wherever you’d like to stay. These business-friendly establishments offer services like free Wifi, meeting rooms, dry cleaning and airport transfers to make your business trip as hassle-free as possible.
Why not turn your trip to Bologna into a tour of some of northern Italy’s most interesting historical cities? Check out our hotels in Florence to see some of the world’s finest Renaissance art and architecture, or take a romantic break with some accommodation in Verona.