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As capital of the Emilia Romagna region, Bologna is an art city, a university centre and a place renowned for its excellent cuisine. It hosts important international trade fairs and is one of the world’s greatest motor cities. Ducati, Lamborghini and Maserati were all born in Bologna and Ferrari’s headquarters can be found in nearby Modena.

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Torre Degli Asinelli and Torre Della Garisenda
Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

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.

Bologna’s town hall
Piazza Maggiore 6, Bologna

The Palazzo Comunale is Bologna’s town hall. The upper level of the palace is the home of the civic museum Collezioni Comunali d'Arte (Municipal Art Collections) where a large collection of Renaissance paintings and other pieces of art can be enjoyed.

Ristorante Rodrigo
Via della Zecca, 2, Bologna

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.

Via dell'Indipendenza 24, Bologna

Born in the 1920's, this restaurant is known as the temple of the Bolognese cuisine. Recommended dishes include fresh pasta (tortellini, tortelloni, lasagne, 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.

Barberino Designer Outlet
Via Meucci snc, 50031 Barberino di Mugello

Barberino Designer Outlet is the perfect shopping destination just 30 minutes from Florence. Here you can find 200 of the most luxurious designer fashion brands up to 70% less. With cafés, restaurants and tax free shopping available, there’s everything the discerning shopper could ever desire.

Fidenza Village
Via San Michele Campagna, Località Chiusa Ferranda, Fidenza

At sixty minutes' driving from Milan and Bologna, Fidenza Village is home to more than 100 outlet boutiques offering savings of up to 70% on the ordinary retail price for previous seasons’ collections from leading Italian and international brands. Style affordable for everyone.


Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best time to Visit

In Bologna, you can enjoy favourable weather almost all year round. Between the months of May and August is considered the pick of the season and the climate is predominantly humid. On the other hand the winter season is another great option as you can feel the Christmas spirit in the capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region.

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