Bologna Travel Guide

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Activities
Cesarine
For a truly local experience, ask your hotel concierge about an organization of traditional cooks known as Cesarine. For a small fee, you can visit a member's house for a home-cooked meal of regional dishes matched to your personal preferences.
  • Via Broccaindosso, 41
  • Bologna, Emilia-Romagna Italy

Cesarine

For a truly local experience, ask your hotel concierge about an organization of traditional cooks known as Cesarine. For a small fee, you can visit a member's house for a home-cooked meal of regional dishes matched to your personal preferences.
Via Broccaindosso, 41 Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Phone: 051 220797
Porticoes
One of Bologna's most attractive features is its porticoes. The city has 25 miles of arcaded walkways. Some have marble floors, others have frescoed ceilings, and some are very plain. All provide shelter from the hot sun, rain and busy traffic.
  • Bologna, Italy
  • Bologna, Emilia-Romagna Italy

Porticoes

One of Bologna's most attractive features is its porticoes. The city has 25 miles of arcaded walkways. Some have marble floors, others have frescoed ceilings, and some are very plain. All provide shelter from the hot sun, rain and busy traffic.
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Piazza Maggiore
Piazza Maggiore's expansive space is beautiful except for the incomplete Basilica di San Petronio. The people wanted to build a church bigger than St. Peter's in Rome, but the pope thwarted their plans by putting up buildings right along side it.
  • Piazza Maggiore
  • Bologna, Emilia-Romagna Italy

Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore's expansive space is beautiful except for the incomplete Basilica di San Petronio. The people wanted to build a church bigger than St. Peter's in Rome, but the pope thwarted their plans by putting up buildings right along side it.
Piazza Maggiore Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Phone: 051 239660
Cinateca
Film buffs are drawn to the Cineteca di Bologna, a film institute and a community center to which Charlie Chaplin's daughter donated his entire estate including his celluloid, notes and scripts.
  • 72 Via Riva di Reno
  • Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40122 Italy

Cinateca

Film buffs are drawn to the Cineteca di Bologna, a film institute and a community center to which Charlie Chaplin's daughter donated his entire estate including his celluloid, notes and scripts.
72 Via Riva di Reno Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Phone: +11 39-051-219-4820
La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese
People from all over the world go to La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese to learn how to make pasta from the masters. You can take classes by the hour or enroll in an entire summer course and pick up some of the language while you're at it.
  • Via Galliera, 11
  • Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40131 Italy

La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese

People from all over the world go to La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese to learn how to make pasta from the masters. You can take classes by the hour or enroll in an entire summer course and pick up some of the language while you're at it.
Via Galliera, 11 Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Phone: +11 39-051-649-1576

Hotels
Grand Hotel Baglioni
The Grand Hotel Baglioni is a gem in the heart of old downtown. The hotel, a former 16th-century palace, makes a great first impression with a fireplace, grand staircase and marble floors. Even the smallest rooms are decorated to the hilt.
  • 8 Via dell'Indipendenza
  • Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40121 Italy

Grand Hotel Baglioni

The Grand Hotel Baglioni is a gem in the heart of old downtown. The hotel, a former 16th-century palace, makes a great first impression with a fireplace, grand staircase and marble floors. Even the smallest rooms are decorated to the hilt.
8 Via dell'Indipendenza Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Phone: +11 39-051-225-445

Restaurants & Bars
Tamburini
Tamburini, one of the city's chicer delis, is famous for its prosciutto di Parma. The pigs are fed leftover Parmesan cheese whey, which gives the cured ham a distinctive flavor. Try the mortadella which tastes like bologna, though it's more subtle.
  • 1 Via Caprarie
  • Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40124 Italy

Tamburini

Tamburini, one of the city's chicer delis, is famous for its prosciutto di Parma. The pigs are fed leftover Parmesan cheese whey, which gives the cured ham a distinctive flavor. Try the mortadella which tastes like bologna, though it's more subtle.
1 Via Caprarie Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Phone: +11 39-051-234-726