Which are the Best 10 Things to do in Bologna? Not yet contaminated by massive tourism Bologna is the perfect destination for a city-break and offers a wide range of experiences such as food factory tours, visits to car and motorbike factories, and art galleries, an amazing night life with its great number of theaters, cinemas, restaurants, taverns, and food & wine events.
According to the most important travel magazines Bologna is one of the Top Destinations on the Rise in Europe. Not sure whether to hop across the pond? To get you inspired, we’ve rounded up 10 weird and wonderful reasons to visit Bologna!
- Bologna has is an ideal city to base yourself when travelling around Italy, an amazing location between Milan, Florence, Verona and Venice which you can easily reach by high-speed train. For example in just 35 minutes one can get to Florence, in a little more than 1 hour one can reach Venice, Verona and Milan. Rome is just 2 hours away!
- The brand new Bologna International Airport with daily connections to more than 100 Intercontinental and International Flights towards main destinations.
- Bologna old town is recognized by the UNESCO as the largest and as the best preserved in the world. You will be amazed by the delicate elegance of its medieval buildings built between the XI to the XV century, its narrow alleys, waterways and canals, the medieval food market, the churches, and naturally the towers.
- The city boasts 26 well preserved medieval Towers. Between the XII and the XIII century , Bologna counted over 100 towers. Bologna richest families built towers as a symbol of their power and used them for offensive and defensive purposes. The city was also crowded with tower-houses and bell towers. The two most prominent towers known as the Two Towers are the landmark of the city. The Asinelli Tower, in particular is the tallest preserved medieval tower in Italy.
- The city is home of the oldest University in Europe, founded in 1088. The first permanent seat, the Archiginnasio Palace houses the famous Anatomical Theatre, where dissections were held, enriched of statues of doctors and sculptures of anatomy.
- Bologna’s covered walkways are called porticoes and date back to the Middle Ages. The longest portico in the world, about 3.5 km extends from the edge of the city to the Basilica of the Madonna di San Luca.
- Celebrated as the Foodie Capital of Italy, in this region the finest Italian foods are produced: Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, and more! A Food Tour is a must when visiting Bologna! If you have a passion for food and wine and a craving to learn, you’ve come to the right place. You can visit boutique producers and go behind the scenes to learn how these fabulous foods are made.
- Homemade pasta from Bologna is renowned allover the world: tortellini, tortelloni, lasagne, tagliatelle and…ragout! If you want to immerse yourself in the Italian culture and lifestyle and learn how to cook authentic Italian recipes you can join a cooking class lead by an Italian native sfoglina.
- Bologna is the center of the Italian Land of Motors, where the most prestigious car and motorbike manufactures of Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Pagani and Ducati are located. Here you can discover the car and motorcycle museums and factories and visit the world’s most beautiful and precious collections of vintage cars and motorcycles.
- Bologna is City of Music recognized by UNESCO! Come and see the place where Mozart took his hard examination in 1770 and visit the International Museum of the Music, Teatro Comunale, the city Opera House, and much more!
If you want to experience Italy as a local, don’t miss to visit Bologna!