Bologna

Bologna

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About Bologna

Leading Italian cuisine aligned with desirable fashion houses

Known locally by the affectionate nick-name ‘the fat one’, Bologna is loved by travellers for its excellent variety of top-class cuisine, ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants to fresh-baked individual slices at the Pizzeria. But the delights of Bologna don’t stop at the stomach; it also offers one of Italy’s top shopping destinations, where Italian fashion houses and independent boutiques run rife.

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Bologna is a real favourite among travellers thanks to its renowned cuisine and distinctive red-brick and portico architecture. Stay at the five-star Grand Hotel Majestic gia'Baglioni (Via Indipendenza 8) in the heart of the city for a decadent night’s rest. Antica Residenza D'Azeglio (Via Massimo D'Azeglio 64) is a more intimate option that sacrifices nothing by way of luxury, and is ideal for a romantic getaway. Funky B&B Chez Moi (Vicolo Bolognetti 26) is charming and mid-range in terms of price, while Casa Ilaria (Largo Respighi 8) is a more traditional offering. For those on a tight budget the Hotel Corticella (Via Stoppato 31) is a clean and tidy option.

One of the top shopping destinations in Italy, Bologna’s city centre is packed with quirky boutiques and designer stores. The prevalence of Italian fashion and leather goods make it difficult not to splurge, with shopping streets Via Indipendenza and Via Castiglione full of great opportunities for gorgeous items. Boutiques such as Cappelleria Trentini (Via Indipendenza 33) and Casa dello Sport (Via San Stefano 6) are hugely popular among the trendy folk of Bologna, as is the vast Borgo delle Tovaglie Flagship Store (Via Farini 10).

‘The fat one’ nickname that Bologna wields is a clear indication of the strength of the city’s dining scene. Local specialities such as tagliatelle with ragu, tortellini and mortadella must be tried. One of the best restaurants in town is Pappagallo (Piazza della Mercanzia 3), which offers traditional Bolognese fare, while Michelin-starred Trattoria Battibecco (Via Battibecco 4) scores highly among those into their fine dining. A delicious pizza at Nicola's Pizzeria (Piazza San Martino) won’t hurt the wallet quite as much, nor will the simple yet tasty pasta dishes at Trattoria Fantoni (Via del Pratello 11).

Carnival

February

Take in the virtues of the local culture at carnival, as Bologna’s inhabitants flood the streets to watch the colourful parade progress through the city.

Festival of San Luca

May

A colourful procession of priests carry an effigy of San Luca to San Pietro Cathedral, as Bologna celebrates this local religious festival.

Angelica International Music Festival

May-June

This contemporary music festival is one of Italy’s biggest, and there is a packed programme of events that takes place across the city. Performances encompass all kinds of genres of modern music.

Artelibro Festival

September

Art lovers will be enthralled with this festival, which takes place over four days in September. The galleries and design spaces across the city put on a series of exhibitions that are complemented by a number of art lectures and events, while purchases from emerging artists can be made at the city’s main piazzas.

Bologna Jazz Festival

October/November

Renowned musicians and up-and-coming talent combine to put on the Bologna Jazz Festival, which attracts performers and crowds from all over the world.

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Language:Italian
Currency:Euro
Time zone:GMT +1 hour
Flight time:2 hours 5 mins
Airport code:BLQ
Holiday type:City Break / Sightseeing / Summer Sun

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