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Things to do in Bologna

Posted by on December 17, 2013

My Italy by train round trip almost is finished. Today I took the train from Pisa to Bologna. Initially Bologna wasn’t on my list to visit, but I discovered that flights from Bologna were cheaper than to Pisa or Florence. Again I have one day for things to do in Bologna.

When I arrived at Bologna Centrale I discovered that most of the train station was closed and there was a massive crowd on the square in front of the station. I thought about a demonstration, but it was a commemoration of a bombing at the Bologna train station in 1980. Unfortunately I could not place my luggage in a locker so I had to walk with it through the scorching sun.


Piazza XX Settembre

Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre. The main tourist attractions and things to do in Bologna are around Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore: the small streets Via Clavature and Via Pescherie Vecchie, the Basilica di San Petronio and Piazza Santo Stefano. If you are looking for Italian delicacies then you have to visit the small streets: small shops, restaurants and little terraces. A nice place to walk around.


Things to do in Bologna: visit Santo Stefano with crypt and cloister

Bologna also is famous because of arcades and medieval towers. A good place to see the arcades with painted ceilings is along Via Luigi Carlo Farini. Other nice arcades can be seen at Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, which is located behind the Basilica di San Petronio. In the past Bologna had about 180 towers. The remaining medieval towers Due Torri are located at the end of Via Rizzoli. Unfortunately Due Torri was closed due to renovation, so no view over Bologna for me.


The beautiful arcades from Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio


Due Torri in Bologna

In the evening and night I explored the small streets around Via Zamboni and Via Rizzoli. A cosy area with restaurants and pubs and one of the places to be if you want to go out in Bologna. I ended the day in an Irish pub along Via Zamboni. Surprisingly the offered their guests a free buffet.

With my visit to Bologna my round trip came to an end. The next day I took the Airport shuttle from Bologna Centrale and flew back to Weeze Airport with Ryanair.


The cosy street Via Pescherie Vecchie


Where did I stay?

For a hotel in Bologna I searched on I looked for cheap hotels or hostels with good reviews and at locations not too far from the city centre. The first night of the Italy by train trip I slept in Fiera Hotel. The last night I found a cheap hotel outside the city centre of Bologna, but by bus only 15 minutes to the city:

  • Fiera Hotel, Bologna. This hotel is located near the highway and only 10 minutes by bus (25) to Bologna Centrale. €35 for a decent room and breakfast was fine.
  • Hotel Imperial, Bologna. This hotel is located outside Bologna, but is only 15 minutes by bus (25) to Bologna Centrale. €35 for a fine room with good breakfast with wide choice. Friendly staff and bus tickets with discount. Great deal!








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