Terracotta-hued buildings, sublime local cuisine and ancient cobbled streets all contribute to Bologna’s irresistible charm. Among the city’s most important symbols are the characteristic porticoed walkways, the famous Due Torri (Two Towers), central square Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city and, of course, the university, the oldest in the western hemisphere, dating back to the 11th century. Often referred to as Italy’s culinary capital, no trip would be complete without sampling the incredible array of dining options. Specialities include delicious hand-rolled pasta dishes and some of the finest cured meats in Italy, in addition to the exceptional regional wines. Bologna also lies between two of Italy's most visited cities, Venice and Florence, making it an easy stop to add to your Italy itinerary. The city also makes a good base if you’re interested in a longer trip around the Emilia-Romagna region, including Parma, Modena, Ferrara, Rimini and San Marino.
Founded over 2,000 years ago, Bologna has a remarkable density of ancient buildings. Piazza Maggiore, in the city’s heart, is enriched by some of the most important examples, including Palazzo d'Accursio (headquarter of Bologna Town Hall) that houses the City Art Collection, and the world’s fifth-largest church, Basilica of San Petronio, housing the largest sundial in the world. Also in the area is Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune), built between 1563 and 1566 by the Flemish sculptor Giambologna, and Palazzo del Podestà, the first seat of the local government.
Bologna reigns as Italy’s gastronomical capital – its humorous moniker, La Grassa (‘the fat one’), hints at the culinary largesse that awaits. The largest city in the Emilia-Romagna region is famed for its tortellini, lasagne, tagliatelle al ragù (Bolognese sauce) and mortadella (cured pork), among many other delicacies. Highlights include the food market, located in the Quadrilatero between Piazza Maggiore and Piazza della Mercanzia, and the many portico arcades housing cafés, bars and ice-cream parlours.
Museums and Art Galleries
There are more than fifty museums in Bologna. Find out about Etruscan and Roman Bologna through the exhibits at the Archaeological Museum, discover a fascinating collection of statues and tombs at The Medieval Museum and marvel over manuscripts by young Mozart and historical music instruments in the International Museum and Library of Music. Art-lovers should look no further than MAMbo, Bologna’s Museum of Modern Art, The Pinacoteca, just a stone’s throw from the Two Towers, and The Municipal Art Collection, with 250 paintings that span the period from the middle ages to current day.
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Bologna's climate is classified as warm and temperate, making it an ideal destination for a holiday or short break throughout most of the year. July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 25°C and the coldest is January at 3°C. There can also be periods of heavy rain, particularly in spring and autumn.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Bologna.
The flight time from London to Bologna is 1 hour, 55 minutes.
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