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As 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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Do and see
Bolognas town centre is one of the best conserved in Europe, and it is full of beautiful palaces and churches packed with art works that bear witness to the cultural importance of the city over the centuries. The historical city centre is also considered to be one of the largest in Europe.
Torre Degli Asinelli and Torre Della Garisenda
These two leaning towers, built in the 12th century, are together one of the main symbols of Bologna. The tallest tower is the Torre degli Asinelli, with its 98 metres. It is worth making an effort to climb this tower because of the magnificent views from the top.
Palazzo d'Accursio o Comunale
The Palazzo Comunale is Bologna’s town hall. This is the home to a large collection of Renaissance paintings and other pieces of art.
Basilica of San Petronio
Basilica of San Petronio is one of the largest medieval churches in Italy. The inside is full of Gothic archways, stained glass windows and doors from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Complesso di Santo Stefano
This extraordinary edifice consists of four medieval churches. The most interesting is the church of the Sepolcro, which preserves a representation of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Basilica of San Domenico
This is the birthplace of the Dominican order and the resting place of the remains of its founder. Come here to see the beautiful Romanesque façade and Gothic chapels.
Terme San Luca - Pluricenter
Terme San Luca provides baths, hydro-massage, thermal pools and a wellness centre. With more than 25 years of history this is one of the oldest spas in Bologna, even if the spa-culture dates further back in time than that. The first “calidarium” in Bologna was built by Emperor Augustus more than 2000 years ago.
Italian Cooking Class at Agriturismo San Giuliano
If you want to learn how to cook a perfect pasta Bolognese you should to it in Bologna, the home of the world’s famous sauce. Agriturismo San Giuliano organizes classes in pasta making and cooking traditional Italian food. The courses can be held in Italian, English, French or Spanish.
Ducati Museum
If motorcycles fascinates you, the Ducati Museum in the outskirts of Bologna is a must. At the Ducati Factory you can see the history of this world famous brand from the year of 1926 until today.
Bologna Airport
The Bologna Airport is located 9 kilometres from the city centre. You can reach the city by bus or shuttle. Taxis take you to and from the airport. Taxi CAT +39 051 4590 www.taxibologna.it Cotabo +39 051 372 727 www.cotabo.it Car rental companies are represented at the airport. COSEPURI www.cosepuri.it
Luigi Ridolfi Airport
You can also arrive at the Luigi Ridolfi Airport which is located around 80 kilometres from the city.
Public Transport
Atc is the company that operates Bologna’s local transport system. You can buy tickets in kiosks, tobacconists, cafes and in special information and ticket centres. You can also buy single tickets on board. A green or red plate near the entrance door indicates if the service is available. If the red plate is exposed, do not get on the bus without a ticket. There is an excellent high speed rail connection between Florence and Bologna that takes 37 minutes. There are 70 daily connections.
Taxi cabs are white with taxi signs on the roof. Taxi CAT +39 051 4590 www.taxibologna.it Cotabo:
You can find the main post office in Piazza Minghetti. Stamps can also be bought at tabaccherias. Drop your post card or letter in one of the big red mailboxes. Main Post Office:
Usually Bologna’s chemists are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm. They have alternate opening hours during nights and weekends. Addresses are posted at the pharmacies. Pharmacy at Piazza Maggiore:
Country code: +39 Area code: 051 (also dialed in Bologna). If you call Italy from abroad, you must always dial zero in the area code (do not omit it as is the general practice when making international telephone calls), e.g. +39 051 + the number.
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