Book flights to Bologna with Ryanair, for an unforgettable break in a beautiful Italian city. We’re talking about the actual birthplace of Italian pasta sauce and the world famous spaghetti Bolognese (as well as sliced lunch meat), and home to the oldest university in the world. Bologna has a brilliant nickname too; ‘La Dotta, La Rossa, La Grassa’ – the wise one, the red one, the fat one. If this doesn’t give you a great sense of the city, then nothing we say possibly could; just book flights to Bologna and see for yoursef!
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Bolognas town centre is one of the best conserved in Europe, and it is full of beautiful palaces and churches packed with art works that bear witness to the cultural importance of the city over the centuries. The historical city centre is also considered to be one of the largest in Europe.
Torre Degli Asinelli and Torre Della Garisenda

These two leaning towers, built in the 12th century, are together one of the main symbols of Bologna. The tallest tower is the Torre degli Asinelli, with its 98 metres. It is worth making an effort to climb this tower because of the magnificent views from the top.

​Address: Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna
Palazzo d'Accursio o Comunale

The Palazzo Comunale is Bologna’s town hall. This is the home to a large collection of Renaissance paintings and other pieces of art.

​Address: Piazza Maggiore 6, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 203 040​Website:
Basilica of San Petronio

Basilica of San Petronio is one of the largest medieval churches in Italy. The inside is full of Gothic archways, stained glass windows and doors from the 15th and 16th centuries.

​Address: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 231 415​Website:
Complesso di Santo Stefano

This extraordinary edifice consists of four medieval churches. The most interesting is the church of the Sepolcro, which preserves a representation of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

​Address: Via S. Stefano 24, Bologna
Basilica of San Domenico

This is the birthplace of the Dominican order and the resting place of the remains of its founder. Come here to see the beautiful Romanesque façade and Gothic chapels.

​Address: Piazza S. Domenico 13, Bologna
Terme San Luca - Pluricenter

Terme San Luca provides baths, hydro-massage, thermal pools and a wellness centre. With more than 25 years of history this is one of the oldest spas in Bologna, even if the spa-culture dates further back in time than that. The first “calidarium” in Bologna was built by Emperor Augustus more than 2000 years ago.

​Address: Via Agucchi, 4/2 (ang. Via Emilia Ponente), Bologna​Phone: +39 051 382 564​Website:
Italian Cooking Class at Agriturismo San Giuliano

If you want to learn how to cook a perfect pasta Bolognese you should to it in Bologna, the home of the world’s famous sauce. Agriturismo San Giuliano organizes classes in pasta making and cooking traditional Italian food. The courses can be held in Italian, English, French or Spanish.

​Address: Via Galletta 3, San Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 6251 141​Website:
Ducati Museum

If motorcycles fascinates you, the Ducati Museum in the outskirts of Bologna is a must. At the Ducati Factory you can see the history of this world famous brand from the year of 1926 until today.

​Address: Via Antonio Cavalieri Ducati 3, Bologna​Website:
Certosa di Bologna

This cemetery, dated to be one of the oldest in Europe, is known for its unique sculptures, architecture and Etruscan tombs. Just beside the graveyard you can find the area where the non-Catholic persons were buried, a Jewish cemetery, and a crematory area.

​Address: Via della Certosa 18, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 615 0811​Website:
University of Bologna

The city of Bologna is famous for its university, which was the first university in the world. Some of the famous people who have been teaching here include Nicolaus Copernicus and Francesco Petrarca. Today the university has more than 100,000 students and that makes it the largest in Italy.

​Address: Università di Bologna Via Zambon 33, Bologna​Website:
MAMbo - Bologna Modern Art Museum

Opposed to all the old history of Bologna, MAMbo shows art from World War II up to the present day combined with well-known Italian and foreign artists. You can easily spend a couple of hours here.

​Address: Via Don Minzoni 14, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 649 6611​Website:
The Ferrari Museum

The Italians see their luxury car brand Ferrari as a religion and their beautiful cars as saints. In the city of Maranello just outside Bologna you can find the factory. In a separate building next to it, a 2,500 square meter museum welcomes guests to discover the history of the brand and to be fascinated by the fast cars.

​Address: Via Dino Ferrari 43, Maranello ​Phone: +39 0536 949 713​Website:​Opening hours: From 9.30 am
Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Teatro Comunale di Bologna was designed by the architect Antonio Galli Bibiena and was inaugurated in 1763. Today it is the heart of Bolognas culture life and considered to be one of the most important opera venues in Italy.

​Address: Largo Respighi 1, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 529 958​Website:
The Lamborghini Museum

Since the museum opened in 2001, visitors have had the possibility to see where the world famous and coveted Lamborghini cars are being made. The factory and museum is situated 35 kilometres from Bologna in an area known as “Terra dei Motori” (Motor Valley).

​Address: Via Modena, 12 I, Sant’Agata​Phone: +39 051 959 7282​Website:
Golf Club Bologna

If you want to play a game of golf you can go to the historical 50-year old Golf Club Bologna. This is a good place to go for experiencing the beautiful Bolognese countryside. The last three holes are claimed to be a real challenge.

​Address: Via Sabattini, 69, Monte San Pietro, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 969 100​Website:
Parco della Montagnola

Parco della Montagnola, both a gateway and a haven, is a park ideally located in the city centre of Bologna. This park is perfect for romantic strolls, and also a great place to just stop and breathe for a second.

​Address: Parco della Montagnola Casa dei Colori Via Irnerio, 2/3, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 1998 4190​Website:
Stadio Renato Dall'Ara

If you like soccer you can visit the main soccer stadium of Bologna. It was established in 1909 and has a capacity of over 38,000 people.

​Address: Via Andrea Costa, 174, Bologna
Anatomical Theatre

The Anatomical Theatre is a former classroom where they used to teach anatomy. The interiors with all the carved wooden sculptures are just magnificent, and it is hard to believe that someone actually used to study here.

​Address: Piazza Galvani, 2, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 276 811
Fontana del Nettuno

In a crowded square in the middle of Bologna you can find the fountain Fontana del Nettuno. Here you can grab a gelato or coffee, just relax and enjoy people watching by the fountain.

​Address: Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna
Anatomy Museum

The anatomy museum, Museo Delle Cere Anatomiche, is both fascinating and scary. The displays consist of wax models, body parts and diseases. Be prepared to walk into the, probably, most macabre museum you have ever been to.

​Address: Via Irnerio 48 | Dipartimento DIBINEM Università do Bologna, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 209 1551​Website:
Bologna is renowned for its rich cuisine. You should at the very least try mortadella (a sort of salted pork meat) and tagliatelle (handmade noodles) with meat sauce and lasagna, which, by the way, was invented in this city.

Rodrigo, situated in an old building in the city centre, is claimed to be one of the most elegant restaurants of the city. The menu contains both traditional dishes and creative ones based on fish, meat and mushrooms. The fresh pasta is very good. If you go there late in the evening, you can sometimes spot famous Italian actors.

​Address: Via della Zecca, 2, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 235 536​Website:

Born in the 1920's, this restaurant is known as the temple of the Bolognese cuisine. Recommended dishes include fresh pasta (tortellini, tortelloni, lasagna, tagliatelle), roasts, mushrooms and dessert ’Diana’ with hot chocolate and ice cream. The furniture and atmosphere give you a ticket back to the 1950's.

​Address: Via dell'Indipendenza 24, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 231 302​Website:

Posta is recommended for its typical Tuscan cuisine and its romantic atmosphere with candle lit tables. The waiters are pleasant and fast working. Recommended dishes include fresh pasta, sweets, vegetable soup and grilled meat. This is a good place for wine buffs.

​Address: Via della Grada, 21, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 649 2106​Website:

Donatello is a well-known restaurant frequently visited by famous artists and singers. The walls are covered with photographs and the restaurant is renowned for its excellent food. Choose between dishes like tortellini with cream and walnuts or tagliatelle with meat sauce and grilled meat. The wine is also claimed to be really good.

​Address: Via Augusto Righi 8, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 235 438​Website:
La Tua Piadina

Here you can try all sorts of piadinas (a sort of pizza bread with fillings) and you will definitely find something you like. Choose between everything from the thick piadina of Bertinoro to the thin kind from Riccione. They also have a kind of vegetarian piadina and flavours such as Nerella with walnuts.

​Address: Via Borgonuovo, 17, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 270 959
Pizzeria Ristorante Vito a San Luca

If you want a good pizza, try this restaurant opposite the Madonna of San Luca Sanctuary. It also offers generous salads, bruschettas, desserts and ice cream and a good selection of red and white wines.

​Address: Via di Monte Albano, 5, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 437 711​Website:
Al Montegrappa da Nello

Do what the celebrities do when they visit Bologna and eat your dinner at Al Montegrappa da Nello. Elvis Costello, Lou Reed and Rupert Everett are just a few of the famous people who have eaten here and on the walls you will find more photos of their celebrity guests. The restaurant is located right in the heart of the historical centre and they serve traditional Bolognese dishes.

​Address: Via Montegrappa 2, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 236 331​Website:
Aires del Plata

Specialized in Argentinian meat, this restaurant serves steaks grilled on charcoal. The dining room is decorated in lively colours and has a rustic atmosphere. It is recommended to make a reservation in advance.

​Address: Via dell'Abbadia 4, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 239 846​Website:

If you happened to be tired of the Italian food, at restaurant India you can indulge in, as the name of the restaurant reveals, Indian food. In the cosy dining room, decorated with Indian furniture and details they serve dishes spiced with only the best ingredients.

​Address: Via Nazario Sauro 14/a, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 271095​Website:
Cá Shin

This is not a typical restaurant, this place cares for healthy eating and want to teach everybody how to do it. Except for food and drinks they offer activities for adults and children such as bread making, cooking classes and courses in growing tomatoes and courgettes. The products in their dishes come from their own garden or local farmers. In the summer time concerts and theatre performances are held in the garden.

​Address: Via Cavaioni 1, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 589419​Website:

Located in the heart of the historical city, Battibbecco serves high quality food. The restaurant is elegant but still has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It has been around for over 30 years and is famous for the excellent fish dishes.

​Address: Via Battibecco 4, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 223 298​Website:
I Portici

Inside the design hotel Portici Hotel Bologna you can find their Michelin starred restaurant. This gourmet restaurant will satisfy all your senses and give you a fantastic memory of Bologna.

​Address: Via Indipendenza, 69, Bologna​Website:
Cantina Bentivoglio

To the sound of jazz, traditional Bolognese cuisine is cooked and served. In an old cellar this large restaurant offers more than 400 domestic and international labels of wine. Enjoy a whole meal or just some slices of cheese and matching wines.

​Address: Via Mascarella 4/B, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 265 416​Website:

If you love sushi you should spend an evening at Sosushi. This chain with 22 restaurants throughout Italy offers high quality handmade sushi but also salads, soups and lovely desserts.

​Address: Via Belvedere 10/c, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 272 068​Website:​Opening hours: 11.30 am-2.30 pm and 6.30 pm-10.30 pm

This is a superb restaurant to try Italian seafood and fresh fish. With a location in the historical city centre, it is nice to sit outdoors on their veranda during the hot summer months and watch the people stroll by.

​Address: Via de' Gombruti 2/D, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 239 645​Website:
As a student city and as the symbol of the good life, Bologna is well known for the efficiency of its services and the welcoming nature of its people, who are somewhat envied for their joie de vivre. What better place to do the same than at one of the many cafés of the city.
Roxy Bar

This spot, right under the two towers, is well known because it was celebrated by Italian singer Vasco Rossi in one of his most famous songs ("Vita Spericolata, A Reckless Life"). Do not miss this place for a drink.

​Address: Via Rizzoli 9, Bologna ​Website:
Caffe Terzi

Caffe Terzi is a very prestigious café with a passion for coffee and tea. This kind of passion is hard to find elsewhere.

​Address: Via Guglielmo Oberdan 10, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 0344 819​Website:
Il Duca d’Amalfi

In a quiet courtyard off Piazza Maggiore lies this picturesque café. The large outdoor area is perfect for a relaxing or energizing cup of coffee.

​Address: Piazza De’ Celestini, Bologna
Il Caffe’ Della Corte

"The Coffee Court" offers breakfast, hot and cold food, snacks and lunch. This elegant café is close to the two towers and has a beautiful "loggia" outside.

​Address: Corte Isolani 5, Bolgona​Phone: +39 051 261555​Website:​Opening hours: Weeks: from 9 am. Weekends: from 10 am
La Sorbetteria Castiglione

There are ice cream places all over the city, but not all of them serve authentic Italian ice cream like La Sorbetteria Castiglione. This is not hard to comprehend, considering that the owners constantly strive for improvements.

​Address: Via Castiglione 44, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 233 257​Website:
In Bologna, nightlife starts at 7 pm for the apéritivo, and goes on until late at discos and music bars. Do not miss the apéritivo venues (usually open from 6.30 pm-9.30 pm) that play an important role for both young and old. This is an easy way to get to know Italian people.
Le Stanze

Le Stanze is a very charming bar on campus. It is located in an 18th century house and the walls are covered with beautiful frescoes. This is a good bar to go to after dinner. They have exceptional cocktails such as caipiroska with vanilla or liquorice. The music is varied with everything from classical and jazz to house and acid.

​Address: Via Borgo di San Pietro, 1, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 228 767​Website:
La Scuderia

This is one of the most attractive places in the university area and an ideal venue for an apéritivo, dinner or after dinner. Come here for a few relaxing hours with different kinds of music from the 1970's, 1980's, beat, jazz, rock and much more.

​Address: Piazza Verdi, 2, Bologna​Phone: +39 340 693 9724 / +39 051 656 9619 ​Website:
Soda Pops

Soda Pops is a hot and happening disco in the city centre. Every night provides a new theme, Monday for example means Latin rhythms and moving hips, while Wednesday is groovy hip hop and rnb.

​Address: Via Castel Tialto, 6, Bologna​Phone: +39 338 717 0312
Hobby One

Hobby One might be the best place to be on a Saturday. Here you can find fantastic cocktails, glamorous people and inspiring music.

​Address: Via Mascarella n 2/a, Bologna ​Phone: +39 051 221 164​Website:
Irish Pub Celtic Druid

If you are in the mood for Irish, this could be a good place to go. The Irish Pub Celtic Druid originated as a small beer house in the 1980’s, and today they boast a wide selection of beer on tap.

​Address: Via Caduti di Cefalonia 5/c, Bologna ​Phone: +39 051 227 518​Website:
Harvest Pub

At the Harvest Pub you can choose from a wide selection of beers from both Italy and the rest of the world. This is the perfect place to enjoy one or two beers in the company of friends.

​Address: Via Montello 4/A, Bologna​Phone: +39 339 832 7210
Pub Il Birrato

This cosy pub offers an intimate atmosphere and excellent beer. If you are hungry you can also enjoy good food here, such as pizzas and sandwiches. Pub Il Birrato is highly recommended by its guests.

​Address: Via San Mamolo 150\4, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 330454
Covo Club

This indie-punk mecca offers great parties and live music all year around. The Covo Club has hosted artist like Franz Ferdinand, The Gossip, Ladytron and Kings of Convenience.

​Address: Viale Zagabria 1, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 389 073​Website:
Locomotiv Club

Right next to the Bologna Central Station you can find the Locomotiv Club. This is a good place to go for rock music, cultural events, concerts and good beer.

​Address: Via sebastiano serlio 25/2, all'interno del Parco del DLF, Bologna​Phone: +39 348 083 3345​Website:

Kinki is located near the Two Towers. It is a well-renowned party-place and has been described as the best club in Italy. This place has hosted artists like Jimi Hendrix and Marcella Bella.

​Address: Via Zamboni 1, Bologna​Phone: +39 335 548 0418
Le Cluricaune Irish Pub

Another good Irish pub is the Le Cluricaune. It is ideally located near the Two Towers and offers good beer, pub grub, a great atmosphere and friendly service.

​Address: Via Zamboni 18/b, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 263419

If you enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by poetry readings, theatre or live music you can visit Altotasso. This wine bar offers various events, prefect for a cultural night out.

​Address: Piazza San Francesco, 6/d, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 238 003​Website:

This music club offers everything expected from such a club, DJ's, live concerts, dance performances and so on. You can find it in the historical part of town, right in the heart of Bologna.

​Address: Vicolo Broglio, 1e, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 0868879​Website:
Italian fashion and food should be the key themes for Bologna’s visitors. There is a reason Italy is one of the main fashion nations, and browsing the windows in Galleria Cavour, just ten minutes on foot from Piazza Maggiore, will make you see why. Here you can find Armani and other main Italian brands, such as Gucci, La Perla underwear and la maison Bulgari jewelleries. Other fashion shops are located all around the centre of Bologna, mostly in Via Farini, Via Ugo Bassi, Via Indipendenza and under the Portico del Pavaglione. For food, try Tamburini and the most famous Bolognese delicatessen. Here you can feast over an impressive variety of salted pork meat, cheese, pasta and wine. Another nice shop is Atti (bakery and fresh pasta) in Via Drapperie, 6.
Fidenza Village

Sixty minutes from Milan and Bologna, Fidenza Village is home to more than 100 outlet boutiques offering savings of up to 70% on the recommended retail price of previous seasons’ collections from leading Italian and international brands.

​Address: Via San Michele Campagna, Località Chiusa Ferranda, Fidenza​Phone: +39 0524 33 55 1​Website:
Galleria Cavour

There is a reason Italy is one of the main fashion nations, and browsing the windows in Galleria Cavour, just ten minutes on foot from Piazza Maggiore, will make you see why. Here you can find brands like Gucci, Prada and Miu Miu.

​Address: Segreteria Galleria Cavour, Bologna​Phone: +39 335 640 8240​Website:
Emporio Armani

This is a store where the prices actually do not equal our monthly rent. Emporio Armani is the more affordable end of the designer brand Giorgio Armani, but never the less with the same sense of detail and fashion.

​Address: Galleria Cavour, 7/A-B-C, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 238192​Website:

This high-end fashion and leather goods brand originates from Italy, in Florence to be exact. Gucci was founded in 1921 and you will be guaranteed, most probably, a genuine Italian shopping experience.

​Address: Galleria Cavour, 90, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 262 981​Website:
La Perla

Combining innovation and tradition, the underwear brand La Perla offers beautiful lingerie. La Perla can be found in two locations in Bologna, and one of them is in Galeria Cavour:

​Address: Galleria Cavour 1, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 273363​Website:

Italians love accessories, and so does the rest of the fashion world. When visiting Bologna, you are bound to leave with a piece of jewellery or a watch. At Bulgari you have a magnificent collection to choose from.

​Address: Galleria Cavour, 8, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 291 2111​Website:
Shopping in the City Centre

Fashion shops are located all around the centre of Bologna, mostly in Via Farini, Via Ugo Bassi, Via Indipendenza and under the Portico del Pavaglione.

​Address: Via Farini, Bologna

For food, try Tamburini and the most famous Bolognese delicatessen. Here you can feast over an impressive variety of salted pork meat, cheese, pasta and wine.

​Address: Via Caprarie, 1, Bologna​Website:
Paolo Atti & Figli

Another nice shop is Paolo Atti & Figli in Via Drapperie, 6. Here you can find delicious pastries, bread, soup and fresh pasta like tortelloni, ravioli and tagliatelle.

​Address: Via Drapperie 6, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 233 349​Website:
Louis Vuitton

This French fashion house is in parity with the Italian ones. Louis Vuitton is known for the excellent quality and has been described as the world's most valuable luxury brand. If you feel like window shopping or buying a unique piece for your wardrobe, Louis Vuitton is always a safe bet.

​Address: Galleria Cavour, 1, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 233397​Website:​Opening hours: Closed on Sundays
Bottega Veneta

Leather leather leather, it is almost a guarantee to walk out with a beautiful bag or a lovely pair of shoes when visiting this boutique. This brand also features a dangerously lovely home and furniture line.

​Address: Galleria Cavour 9/I, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 265621​Website:​Opening hours: Closed on Sundays

KIKO is an Italian cosmetics shop that can be found in various locations throughout Europe. They offer a wide range of their own make-up and accessories, all at affordable prices.

​Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 8, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 220580​Website:

Hearing the name Burberry, most of us come to think of their exceptional trench coats and their trademark tartan pattern. This British luxury house still remains at the top when it comes to posh, sophisticated design.

​Address: Galleria Cavour, 2, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 220229​Website:

This world famous brand soon has a store in every mid-size town and in Bologna you can find two of them at Via dell'Indipendenza. Zara offers the latest fashion for men, women and children, everything from street wear to the more up-dressed look.

​Address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 28/A, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 272433​Website:
Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana is one of the most famous Italian brands. Their collections and designs are stylish and elegant but always with the latest trends in mind. In this shop you can find their latest collections for women.

​Address: Via Toschi, 17, Baiso, Bologna​Website:​More info: Folli Follie
The Old Market

If markets are your cup of tea you can visit the Old Market of Bologna. Walk down the beautiful high vaults behind Piazza Maggiore, and you will soon be right in the middle of a bustling medieval market. Here you can find close to everything among the market stalls.

​Address: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna
Centro Nova

The large shopping centre Centro Nova, renovated in 2008, is ideally located and offers 65 shops, ranging from fashion to food. The solar panels on the roof generate all the electricity.

​Address: Via Villanova 29, Bologna​Website:
Centro Borgo

Just outside the city you can find Centro Borgo, the commercial centre of Bologna. It opened in 1989 and offers, except for shopping, free parking, restaurants and events.

​Address: Via M.E.Lepido, 186, Bologna​Website:
Le Piazze

Between Ferrara and Bologna lies Le Piazze, a lifestyle shopping centre. At this innovative shopping centre you can find everything from work spaces and shopping to food and leisure activities.

​Address: Via Pio La Torre 5/D, Castel Maggiore, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 705 722​Website:

At Mango, the urban young woman finds everything from sleek work-wear to the fabulous cocktail dress to reasonable prices. Match your new outfit with the perfect shoes and accessories that you also find here. The shop in Bologna is located on:

​Address: Via Rizzoli, 7, Bologna​Phone: +39 051 223 93 4​Website:
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