Italy, Bologna

Visited in: October / 2018

  • Published on: 2018-12-04 by: Lily

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Italy, Bologna

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Italy, Bologna


We arrived by plane at Bologna Airport Guglielmo Marconi, the best option to get to the city is the bus (Aerobus) the cost of a ticket is 6 euros and you can get it from the ticket machine near  the bus station.The Aerobus is a shuthle service at every 11 minutes, connecting Bologna Airport and railyway station. There are 4 stations: first Pontelungo, second Ospedale Maggiore, third Mille station wich is in the center of the city and the fourth station wich is the last is Central Station (railway station).

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The road to Central Stazione where we descended took us more than 30 minutes, from there we took the bus 21. Bus tickets in Bologna can be taken from the bus from the ticket machine but you must to have coins, a ticket costs is 1.30 euros and is valid on any other bus for 75 minutes, but must always be validated for each race. In Bologna, the most important tourist attractions are in the center except San Luca's Sanctuary, which is outside the city.

The main attractions in Bologna:

1. Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno

Piazza Maggiore is practically in the center of the city, surrounded by San Petronio Cathedral, the Palazzo dei Notai, the Palazzo Comunale, the Palazzo di San Petronio, the Palazzo del Podesta  where is the tourist information office.

2. San Petronio (Basilica of St. Petronius)

Located in Piazza Maggiore, the entrance is free and you can get it on the left door, however if you want to visit Capella Bolognini you will have to pay 3 euros. Behind the church there is a lift that goes up to a terrace where you can admire the panorama of Bologna, the price is also 3 euros.

3. Santo Stefano (St. Stephen Basilica)

Santo Stefano was built in 430 by Bishop Petronio as a modest imitation of the holy tomb of Jerusalem, also known as the \\seven churches\\ Sette Chiese. Entrance is free but you can donate money if you want.

4. Bolognese Food - what can you eat ?, well you are in Italy and then all the pasta sorties are available like Tortellini, Tagliatelle, Lasagne but in Bologna the traditional pastas are those made with fresh pasta, however it is important to eat traditional local dishes. Any way is better to ask what are the traditional dishes and you will not disappointed.

6. Portico di San Luca (built in 1674-1793 has 3.8 km and 666 arches)

7. Asinelli Tower (there are 498 steps) Ansinelli Tower is the highest tower in Bologna, 97.2 meters being the tallest tower that can be visited, but you must climb 498 steps, even if it seems are  a lot  the climb is not so heavy in the case of fatigue there are platforms on several floors for rest but once you get on the top, you will be delighted by the wonderful view of the city . Entrance to the Ansinelli tower in Bologna is 5 euros and   3 euros reduced. Tickets can not be bought at the entrance of the tower, you can buy tickets from Piazza Maggiore 1 / e from the tourist information office or on-line at, or with the phone posing the icon that is at the entrance to the tower on the information pad, see in the picture. The Asinelli Tower is located in Piazza di Porta Ravegnana just minutes walk from Piazza Maggiore. The length of the tour is about 50 minutes.


 From 1 March to 5 November, every day 9:30 am - 7:30 pm, last entrance at 6:30 pm

From 6th November to 28th February every day 9:30 am - 5:45 pm, last entrance at 5:00 pm.

8. San Luca Sanctuary is on a forested hill in southern Bologna. How to get there: In the center of the city you can take a colorful train that will take you up there for a 10 euro ticket cost. It may seem expensive, but if you walk down there are about four kilometers, and two of them are in the slope and you have to climb it either by going through the longest portico in Bologna with 666 arcades. There is also a way beside the portico that can also be followed. If you want to go on foot from the city center, then you can take the bus 20 to the Arco del Meloncello and from there the rest of the way on foot.

 We walked through the portico because on the road  was a celebration with food  and various items for sale. Basilica Santuario della Madonna di San Luca is beautiful and worth seeing, you can climb on the top of the  dom for 5-euro, where you will find  a  nice panorama over the whole city of Bologna. Basilica Santuario della Madonna di San Luca is beautiful and worth seeing, you can climb on the top of the churche's  dome for 5-euro, where you will find  a  nice panorama over the whole city of Bologna.

9. Palazzo Comunale or the town hall is actually a complex of loggia buildings and chapels, such as Sala d'Ercole, Hall of the Council which in the past was the Senate Hall, Farnese Hall, Cappella dek Farnese etc.

Tips - Very important if you are travelling alone, you can visit the tourist attractions and follow certain routes done together with mp3 audio guide in English you can do this at the following address where you may download mp3 audio as well as the map. Then put everything on your smartphone.



Here a little explanation about available tours:

1. The Piazza Maggiore Tour includes:

  Piazza Maggiore, Palazzo del Podesta, Volcano Podestà, Neptune Fountain (Il Nettuno),

, Palazzo Re Enzo, City Hall (Palazzi del Comune), Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dei Notai, Palazzo dei Banchi.

The tour duration is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

2. The Classic Tour:

  From Piazza Maggiore to Archiginnasio Archiginnasio, Piazza Galvani 1, From Archiginnasio to Piazza Santo Stefano, Piazza San Domenico, Basilica di Santo Stefano, Piazza Santo Stefano, Piazza Santo Stefano to Piazza della Mercanzia - Palazzo della Mercazia, Piazza dellla mercanzia 1, Piazza della Mercanzia to Piazza Rossini, Piazza Rossini to Palazzo Malvezzi, Palazzo Malvezzi to Piazza San Francesco. The length of the tour is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

3. The Towers Tour - begging from Piazza Magiore to the Aresti and Lapi Towers, The Gaalluzzi Tower, The Carrari Tower, The Alberici Tower, The Two Towers: Asinelli and Garisenda, The Uguzzoni Tower, The Tower, The Azzoguidi Tower, The Lambertini Tower, The Arengo Tower and the Clock Tower, The length of the tour is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

4. The Water Tour: from Piazza Maggiore to the former Jewish Ghetto, Piazza San Martino and the Aposa stream, Via delle Moline and the Moline Canale, Santa Maria della pioggia, The Port and the Manifattura delle Arti, Santa Maria della Carita, Santa Maria and San Valentino della Grada, The length of the tour is 2 hours and 30 minutes

5. The Food & Wine and Shopping Tour: The Quadrilatero, Ancient Romans' Mortadella, Mercato delle Erbe, From Via Independenza to the Mercato della Montangnola, Shopping streets, The length of the tour is 2 hours and 30 minutes/

6. The Music Tour: thr leght of the tour about 2 hours – Teatro  Comunale , The Ottorino Respighi’s House and International Museum and Music Library, Accademia Filarmonica, The Gaetano Donizetti’s House, The Songwrites.

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