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Bologna

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Heart of Italian Cuisine
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088. Though it remains relatively unexplored by foreign travelers, many Italians consider this one of Italy's most beautiful cities, second only to Venice. Bologna features one of the country's largest and best-preserved historic centers, characterized by a series of covered walkways. Admire the architecture's rich mix of terra-cotta reds, burnt oranges, and warm yellows. Home to prestigious cultural, economic, and political institutions, this is also one of Italy's wealthiest cities. Due to its strategic location, Bologna has emerged as one of the main train hubs in this section of the country, making it easy to get to other Italian and European urban centers. Car traffic is prohibited in the city center during the day, so plan to explore on foot or by scooter. Customize your holiday with our Italy visit planner to create an adventure that suits you.
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Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell ©
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Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
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Basilica di San Domenico ©
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Compianto sul Cristo Morto
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Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna ©
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Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
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Historic Sites in Bologna

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Palazzo Comunale
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Ponte Vecchio Florence
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Where to stay in Bologna

Famous for its hospitality, Bologna boasts an impressive selection of hotels that range from old-fashioned establishments with top-hatted doormen, to boutique hotels and affordable hostels. For a sumptuous stay near the center of Bologna, explore one of the city's luxury B&Bs. Offering more than just a warm meal and a comfortable bed, these B&Bs offer spacious living areas spread over several levels, with private rooftop patios and shady terraces. More affordable yet equally convenient, family-run inns offer comfort and tranquility minutes from the city's main attractions.
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