Bologna is the capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, which is situated in the north of the country. It is famed for its beautiful medieval architecture and its excellent food – in particular the traditional Bolognese sauce, which is said to be from Bologna.


Two must-see places in Bologna are the Piazza Maggiore (the square in the centre of the city that is surrounded by stunning architecture) and the Fontana del Nettuno (a splendid fountain depicting Neptune and various angels and fish). Aula Carducci is worth a look – this beautiful 19th century cathedral is a fine example of architecture of the period. There are a variety of museums to visit in Bologna – these include the Museum of Industrial Art, the Civic Archaeologic Museum and The Pinacoteca Nazionale.


There are a variety of shopping districts in Bologna, for clothing head to Via Rizzoli, or Via Farini for designer labels. Local delicacies can be found everywhere in the many markets dotted around Bologna. These markets include Mercato Coperto and Orefici market. The two main antiques markets are Mamanca Market and Mercato di Antiquariato.

Nightlife and Eating out

Bologna has a hectic nightlife due to the large student population. The best areas to go for clubs and bars are the student quarters, the Old Town and the roads that run around the main square of the city. Bologna is most famous for its Bolognese sauce, which is served at most traditional restaurants (of which there are many). Bologna is less famous for its excellent pâtés, which are also widely available. You can also find a variety of restaurants serving international cuisine.

Tourist Information

Assessorato Provinciale al TurismoVia De' Castagnoli, 3 (Cap:40126)Tel: (+39)


Bologna airport is only 6km from the city centre, making it very easy to get to. Flights run to and from most Italian and European destinations on a regular basis.

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