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As the capital of the Emilia Romagna region, Bologna is an art city, a university centre and a place renowned for its excellent cuisine. It hosts important international trade fairs and is one of the world’s greatest motor cities. Ducati, Lamborghini and Maserati were all born in Bologna and Ferrari’s headquarters can be found in nearby Modena.

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Two Towers (Torre Degli Asinelli & Torre Della Garisenda)
Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

Le due Torri (The Two Towers), Garisenda e degli Asinelli, are iconic symbols of Bologna's skyline, dating back to the 12th century. Towering over the city, they stand as testament to Bologna's medieval heritage and architectural splendour. While the Garisenda Tower is known for its distinctive lean, the Asinelli Tower offers breathtaking panoramic views from its summit.

Bologna’s Town Hall
Piazza Maggiore 6, Bologna

The Palazzo Comunale (or Palazzo d'Accursio) is Bologna’s town hall. The upper level of the palace is the home of the civic museum Collezioni Comunali d'Arte (Municipal Art Collections) where a large collection of Renaissance paintings and other pieces of art can be enjoyed.

Via Volturno, 5, Bologna

Established in the 1920s, this venerable restaurant stands as the undisputed temple of Bolognese cuisine. The menu boasts exquisite offerings such as fresh pasta delicacies like tortellini, tortelloni, lasagne, and tagliatelle, alongside succulent roasts, savoury mushrooms, and the delectable 'Diana' dessert featuring hot chocolate and ice cream. Beyond its gastronomic delights, the restaurant's vintage furniture and nostalgic atmosphere provide patrons with a ticket back to the 1950s.

Ristorante Posta
Via della Grada, 21a, Bologna

Posta is a Michelin-starred trattoria serving dishes from both Tuscan and Bolognese culinary traditions, complemented by a wide selection of wines in a rustic and elegant atmosphere by candlelight.

Galleria Cavour
Via Farini, 14, Bologna

Galleria Cavour, located just a ten-minute walk from Piazza Maggiore, epitomizes Italy's status as a fashion powerhouse. This elegant shopping gallery showcases the world's most prestigious and exclusive fashion and high jewellery brands, including Gucci, Prada, and Miu Miu.

Shopping in the City Centre
Via Farini, Bologna

Fashion shops are located all around the centre of Bologna, but boutiques and international brands can mostly be found in Via Farini, Via Ugo Bassi, Via dell'Indipendenza and under the Portico del Pavaglione.


Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best time to Visit

In Bologna, you can enjoy favourable weather almost all year round. Between the months of May and August is considered the peak of the season and the climate is predominantly humid. On the other hand, the winter season is another great option as you can feel the Christmas spirit in the capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region.

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