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Bologna Hotels

Famous for its fine dining and contributions to the culinary arts, Bologna is a great holiday destination for foodies and world travellers.

About Bologna

Regarded as an important transport, financial and industrial hub, Bologna is among the largest and most beautiful cities in Northern Italy. In fact, it is the largest city in the Emilia-Romagna Region and among its most-visited. Bologna is most well known for its cuisine and is generally considered Italy’s second-most beautiful city after Venice. There is much to do on Bologna holidays, whether it be appreciating the beautiful architecture, tasting a delicious meal or enjoying the energetic nightlife. Bologna hotels can be a bit more expensive than your average Italian destination, but with a higher price comes excellent quality. That said, those looking to book cheap holidays to Bologna should be able to find Bologna hotels within their budget if they’re willing to stay a small distance from the most-visited tourist sights.

As one of the oldest cities in the region, Bologna offers several historic points of interest to see on Bologna holidays. The most iconic are the Towers of Bologna, two towers that dominate the skyline and provide beautiful views of the surrounding city, built in the 1100s. San Petronio Basilica is among the city’s most impressive historic churches, found just beside Piazza Maggiore. This church is gargantuan, with 22 beautiful chapels for visitors to see. Palazzo d'Accursio is another must-see historic point of interest, which served as the city’s town hall until 2008. Those looking for a little green space on their cheap holidays to Bologna will enjoy the Park of Montagnola, a romantic park that’s home to ruins of a 14th century castle.

Where to Stay in Bologna

Bologna is among the wealthiest cities in Italy, so it should be no surprise that hotels in Bologna Italy can be expensive. Your average Bologna hotels range from €72-121 per night, though cheap hotels in Bologna may be as low as €40-56. The best hotels in Bologna Italy, and hotels in Bologna Italy city centre, can be much more expensive—potentially more than €320 per night at their cheapest rooms and suites. But whether you need Bologna airport hotels, cheap Bologna hotels or something more boutique and fancy, finding where to stay in Bologna shouldn’t be difficult.

One of the best cheap hotels in Bologna is the Living Place Hotel Bologna. It’s a bit out of the way, but offers comfortable, attractive rooms along with a lounge bar and pool. While it’s distant from city centre, it’s among the best hotels in Bologna Italy near train station, so you can easily get to whatever attractions you’d like to see. Hotel Imperial is another attractive choice for where to stay in Bologna on a budget thanks to contemporary, unfussy rooms and a relaxed atmosphere. Millenn Hotel Bologna is an excellent example of midrange hotels in Bologna Italy near train station, allowing for convenient travel anywhere in the city. For affordable Bologna airport hotels, Hotel Bologna Airport is a solid pick.

Among the best hotels in Bologna Italy is Grand Hotel Majestic Gia Baglioni. This is the only example of 5 star Bologna Italy hotels. Part museum and part hotel, Grand Hotel Majestic Gia Baglioni is adjoined to Palazzo Fava, an art gallery with 17th century frescoes. For a similarly luxurious and sophisticated experience, consider Art Hotel Orologio. This boutique pick of Bologna hotels offers elegant rooms and suites and is just a short walk from the Towers of Bologna and is one of the best hotels in Bologna Italy city centre.

Those having trouble finding something within their budget should try a Bologna hostel. Dopa Hostel is one of the most popular Bologna hostels in city centre, as is Ostello We_Bologna. These are not only affordable, but closer to attractions in Bologna than other Bologna Italy hotels.

Things to Do in Bologna

There are several notable historic Bologna attractions. In fact, exploring the many historic sites is one of the main things to do in Bologna for tourists. Piazza Maggiore is a great place to begin viewing attractions in Bologna. This central square is close to many other notable landmarks, including the Fountain of Neptune (found in nearby Piazza del Nettuno) and the San Petronio Basilica and Palazzo d’Accursio. The Fountain of Neptune, built in 1567, is notable for its non-geometric shapes and inspired the design of the Maserati car logo. For those looking for a museum experience, pay a visit to the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna.

Bologna Dining

In between viewing the hottest Bologna attractions, enjoy some of the best cuisine that Bologna has to offer. Bologna cuisine (la cucina Bolognese) is famous across the world. One of the strongest restaurants for fine Italian and Mediterranean dining is A Balus. There are fewer places to enjoy a delicious, traditional pasta dish in a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. I Carracci Ristorante is a glitzier place for enjoying a formal sit-down meal. Its exquisite meals are beautifully plated, making this well worth the reservation. Those looking for something quick and casual should visit local favourite Breaking Toast, which offers a mouth-watering menu of sandwiches.

Bologna Shopping

One of the more fun things to do in Bologna is to go shopping. Again, Piazza Maggiore is the place to be. Surrounding the square are four top shopping streets: Via dell’Indipendenza, Via Ugo Bassi, Via Rizzoli and Via D’Azeglio. Each of these streets have plenty of high fashion labels to shop from, as well as some antiques. If a traditional, open-aired market is more your style, swing by the Quadrilatero district for markets and stalls. You’ll mostly find produce, meats and food ingredients here, though you might find the odd souvenir or two. Centro Borgo is the city’s primary shopping centre and is worth a trip for affordable high street shopping and souvenirs.

Nightlife in Bologna

Bologna is well-known for its student community, which means you can bet it has a very healthy and active nightlife and late-night attractions in Bologna. There are many things to do in Bologna at night: catch a show, dance at a club or enjoy a drink at a relaxed bar. If you want to start your night in a low-key way, stop by bar hopping in the student quarter. Le Stanze is a wonderful bar in this area, featuring 17th century frescoes. Fancy some clubbing? Klinki, located close to the Two Towers, is one of the most popular clubs with the hottest musical acts and hip clientele. Finally, Bar Wolf is a great music venue for local acts across a variety of genres.