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Often called the gastronomic centre and the bread basket of Italy, get your tum and your taste buds in training for a holiday in Bologna! This is a city that takes its cuisine seriously and the array of home made pasta, variety of breads, local sausage and salami and mouthwatering cheeses are a gourmand's idea of heaven. Sometimes the entire city is named "La Grassa" (The Fat!), so no prizes for guessing that locals don't overly worry about dieting. Cookery schools are also big business in the city, so Nonna's traditional fare is taught to the willing masses.

Bologna holidays are actually well patronised by other Italians who recognise the importance of the city as an historical treasure, but who equally enjoy its beauty. Capital city of the Emilia-Romagna area of northern Italy, Bologna is rich in culture, knee deep in marvellous monuments and awash with historical buildings, pleasing piazzas and the famous Two Towers. Famous for its "porticos" or covered walkways, the city centre has an extensive network and is perfectly preserved, making it a city that is delightful for walking, exploring and discovering. Stonework of burnt umber hues, terracota, coral and pale orange give a warm glow to the old buildings where museums and galleries abound.

Bologna is a music lover's city too and was named a Creative City of Music for UNESCO (in 2006), so traditions are alive and well. Not only classical (with many orchestral performances) but rock, electronic, jazz , blues and alternative music are played and enjoyed throughout. Home to the oldest University in the western world, the strong student population leaves its mark with buzzing low cost restaurants, pizzerias, bars and, yes, there are at least a couple of Irish pubs! Subjects to in Bologna are young and vibrant, but are also ideal for leisurely wandering where every corner brings a fresh delight in the form of a tiny shop selling rounds of crumbly ewe's milk cheese or view a gorgeous ancient church or decorative Fountain of Neptune.

If you want to get out and about, the fabulous city of Florence is only over an hour's drive away and is an opportunity to see some of the glorious countryside at the same time. Other possible day trips from Bologna are Parma, Modena, Pisa and Ravenna, but Bologna itself should capture your heart without hankering to go further.

Beautiful architecture marks Bologna as a genuinely medieval style city where the simple pleasures of good coffee and people watching is an art form in itself. Great foodie outlets, elegant shoe and chic clothing stores (well, it is Italy!), interesting museums and packed art galleries guarantee Bologna holidays are as popular as the clever Italians have already discovered. And, not a mention of spagetti bolognese anywhere!............

Aer Lingus operates direct flights from Dublin into Bologna from May 28th to July 6th 2115 twice weekly. We have a great selection of hotels in the city centre.

 

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AC Hotel Bologna by Marriott Bologna

This hotel is located less than 20 minutes on foot from Bologna's historical centre. It is just…

Aemilia Bologna

Situated just a short stroll from the centre of Bologna, this attractive hotel is perfect for both…

AL Cappello Rosso Bologna

Set in the heart of the city, this hotel is one of the oldest hospitality venues in Bologna. Thanks…

Alloro Suite Bologna

Conveniently located just five minutes from the Bologna Fiere exhibition centre and seven minutes…

Art Hotel Commercianto Bologna

This charming city hotel enjoys a prime setting in Bologna. The property is just a short distance…

Art Hotel Corona D'Oro Bologna

This upmarket establishment enjoys a privileged location at the heart of Bologna, just a few steps…

Art Hotel Novecento Bologna

Centrally located in Bologna, this hotel enjoys close proximity to a wealth of attractions in the…

Art Hotel Orologio Bologna

This city hotel enjoys a wonderful location at the heart of Bologna. Enjoying spectacular views…

Best Western Hotel Re Enzo Bologna

This hotel is located in the historic centre of Bologna. It is close to Porta San Felice, Fountain…

Grand Hotel Elite Bologna

This 4 star hotel is located in the city centre of Bologna and was established in 1971. It is a…

Grand Hotel Majestic Gia Baglioni Bologna

Located in the very heart of Bologna within walking distance of the celebrated Due Torri and Piazza…

Hotel Accademia Bologna

Our Hotel is located in the heart of the historical centre of the town, a few meters from Piazza…

Hotel Donatello Bologna

This hotel is located in the central Via dell'Indipendenza, in an amazing building in the…

Hotel Internazionale Bologna

The hotel has an ideal location in the heart of Bologna. The city hotel is nestled in an historic…

Hotel Paradise Bologna

Hotel Paradise is situated in the heart of Bologna's historical center, It is an ideal…

Hotel Pedrini Bologna

Hotel Pedrini is situated in a restored antique monastery in the XVI century, located along the…

Il Guercino Bologna

Just 250 m from Bologna Centrale Train Station, Il Guercino is located in a peaceful, private…

Mercure Bologna Centro Bologna

Boasting a strategic location just in front of the train station, at only 3 km from the exhibition…

NH Bologna de la Gare Bologna

The NH Bologna de la Gare is located just few steps from the Central Station of Bologna, in the…

Nuovo Hotel del Porto Bologna

Ideally situated in the heart of Bologna, a few steps from via Indipendenza and near the railway…

Port San Mamolo Bologna

Located just a few steps from the beautiful Piazza Maggiore, this exquisite and romantic hotel…

Royal Hotel Carlton Bologna

Boasting a central location in the beautiful city of Bologna, this splendid hotel is strategically…

San Donato Bologna

With its prime position in the heart of Bologna, overlooking the two towers and a few steps from…

Savhotel Bologna

The hotel is located in the heart of Bologna with shopping options and links to the public…

Starhotel Excelsior Bologna

Ideally situated at the heart of Bologna, this hotel offers visitors a great setting from which to…

Touring Bologna Bologna

This charming hotel is ideally located in the city centre of Bologna. The property is situated…

Zanhotel Europa Bologna

The elegant Zanhotel Europa is strategically located in the centre of Bologna, just a stone's throw…

Zanhotel Tre Vecchi Bologna

This luxurious hotel is located right at the heart of Bologna, directly on the Via Indipendenza,…

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