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Witness two iconic landmarks of Bologna dating back to the Middle Ages, Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell. The 12th-century, leaning towers se
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The basilica of Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano encompasses a complex of churches. Explore the labyrinth, see buildings from different
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Piazza Maggiore , Bologna
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Wander the historic heart of the Bologna city center in Piazza Maggiore. Constructed in the 15th century, the plaza maintains its medieval ch
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Explore three famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon – Murano, Torcello and Burano – on a half-day sightseeing excursion by motorboat. Accompanied by a local guide, you'll stop at a glass-blowing factory on Murano, visit Venice's first cathedral on the tranquil island of Torcello and shop for handcrafted lace on Burano. This morning or afternoon tour is a great introduction to the magical islands around the medieval city of Venice and its enclosed bay in the Adriatic Sea.Deaprtures every day from San Marco Giardinetti or Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station (departure time is set 30 minutes before the indicated departure time)
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The 15th largest church in the world, Basilica di San Petronio is the main place of worship of Bologna. The basilica has been home to the sac
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Art Museum
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The National Art Gallery of Bologna (Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna) is a museum in Bologna, Italy. It is located in the former Saint Ignati

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Bologna

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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. Make Bologna central to your Italy travel plans using our Italy road trip planning tool.

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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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