Bologna (Italy)

Bologna Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Luca Volpi

Red brick architecture and lively piazzas

Bologna is special, that is undeniable. A university town (not just any university, the oldest in the entire western world) in the north of Italy with a population of nearly 350,000, it is best known for its terracotta red brick medieval architecture and for having almost 40km of beautiful porticos lining its treets.

Bologna typically has two qualities associated with it that are actually quite predictable for university cities: the first is that the nightlife here is awesome, and the second is that politically speaking the city is "progressive" and leaning to the left. No matter where you stand on that, in Bologna you will find a very lively destination that is guaranteed to keep your eyes, mouth and stomach satisfied.

Bologna is one of those cities where it is more about soaking in the atmosphere than about pure must-see attractions (have a pasta and a white wine at one of the piazzas - such as the Piazza Maggiore or the more intimate Piazza Santo Stefano - in the evening and you'll know exactly what we mean). Have a stroll through the Via Rizzoli, glance at the two towers and make your way inwards. A long stretch of porticos can be found a bit further away, at the Via Saragozza, on the way to the Basilica of San Luca that sits on top of a hill next to town. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Bologna is a city in Italy's region of Emilia-Romagna. It has a population of 348,038, is situated at an altitude of 240ft and the best airport to fly into is BLQ (Guglielmo Marconi, Bologna)
  • The main spoken language here is Italian, and the average English skill is intermediate
  • The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR)

Bologna Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

41 46 55 64 73 81 86 84 77 66 52 43

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

1.7 1.8 2.4 2.6 2.6 2.1 1.7 2.3 2.4 2.8 3.2 2.4

More Bologna travel resources

We recommend Wikitravel and The Telegraph for the basics, after which you can graduate to more targeted websites like official tourism website Bologna Welcome, or blogs like Bologna Uncovered and Ciao Bologna!. This blog titled Two food-filled days in Bologna has plenty of eye-candy in it that will surely convince you to make your way to the city.

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