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If you are planning to visit Italy and are interested in exploring its hidden gems then you should add Bologna to your itinerary. Bologna is a beautiful city that has been underrated; hence, you will never find it overcrowded by tourists. Travelers visiting the neighboring cities like Rimini and San Marino usually visit Bologna for its amazing architecture and cuisine.
A single day would be enough to discover Bologna, so use this guide and have a memorable trip. The best time to visit Bologna is in the months of March to June and September to October. June to September is summer season and November to February is winter season. However, it can rain anytime of the year, so it is advisable to carry a travel umbrella and pack your belongings well.
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Major Bologna Attractions That Can Be Visited In One Day
Located in the heart of the city, Piazza Maggiore is a famous square that is surrounded with various architectural buildings. Palazzo D’Accursio, Palazzo del Podesta, Basilica di San Petronio, Fountain of Neptune, Palazzo Re Enzo and Torre dell’Arengo are the attractions that can be explored here. Traditionally, there were huge open markets held here and people from all walks of life used to gather to purchase commodities.
Presently, it is one of the most important squares to visit in Italy. There are several events held on a regular basis. If you are visiting Bologna in the month of July or August then you can be a part of their popular film festival. Youngsters prefer spending their evenings at Piazza San Francesco as there are several wine bars and cafés. You will even find numerous street performers playing guitar and singing Italian songs. There are many benches to relax and enjoy the ambience.
Two Towers Of Bologna
The Garisenda and the Asinelli towers are prominent symbols of the city, so you should add them in your list of attractions to see in Bologna. The towers are located in Porta Ravegnana square, which is a few minutes’ walk from Piazza Maggiore. The Asinelli is also considered to be the tallest leaning tower of Italy. Tourists visit the place to reach the pinnacle of the tower and view the beauty of Bologna.
Be prepared to climb about 500 steps to reach the top. However, the 360 degree views of the picturesque landscape of the city will certainly turn your efforts into a rewarding experience. If you are visiting the city in peak tourist season, then ensure that you buy tickets well in advance. Walk carefully as the stairs are steep and wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget to carry your cameras to capture beautiful views of Bologna.
Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca
Situated at the top of Colle della Guardia hill, the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca is a famous tourist destination. If health permits, it is advisable to walk for 4kms to reach the sanctuary. The amazing views of the city along the pathway are definitely a photographer’s delight.
Entrance to the sanctuary is free for all; but, if you want to visit the panoramic terrace then you need to give a donation of 5 Euros. There are varied timings for visiting the sanctuary and panoramic terrace, so check them out before planning your visit.
Relish Authentic Cuisine
Your visit to Bologna would be incomplete if you do not relish its traditional dishes and visit the food markets. Lasagna, Tortellini, Torta di Riso, Zuccherini Montanari, and gelatos are some of the delicacies that you should not miss at all. The food markets of Bologna are among the best ones in Italy.
Start your day with a cup of special coffee that comprises of local liqueurs or Sicilian almond milk. Lunch and dinner usually comprises of the classic lasagna. It is a kind of ribbon pasta that is cooked with meat and Bolognese, which is an authentic sauce that is made up of minced beef, onion, tomato, and herbs. Contorno is a platter of yummy seasonal vegetables that can be relished for dinner. Dolci is a popular dessert that comprises of sweet ravioli, which is filled with jam and dipped in liquor or red wine.
Where To Stay In Bologna
If you want to stay in the heart of Bologna, then you should book accommodation at Hotel Holiday. It will be a perfect place for you to stay since it is a short walk away from historic centre, Bologna Railway Station, and Piazza Maggiore Square. The rooms are clean and comfy, with plenty of restaurants and bars in close proximity.
Alternatively, if you want to stay in a 4-star hotel then you can book a room in Suite Hotel Elite, which is located about 15 minutes walk from Piazza Maggiore. Each room has an air-conditioner, TV, minibar, toiletries, and free Wi-Fi facility. Continental buffet is available each day in their breakfast room, so you need not go hunting for meals.
Overall, Bologna will not disappoint you so book accommodation for a day and have a remarkable holiday in Italy.