When talking about cities and nice places in Italy, many people I know think about Milano, Venezia or Roma. But there are lots of other places which are worth being visited. One of those wonderful places is Bologna. For me personally, it is one of the nicest old cities I know – with a lovely old town and many historical buildings.
Bologna is located in a region called“Emilia Romagna”, which is around 120km away from the coast. It can be reached very easily by plane, as the airport is only 25 minutes (by car) away from the city centre.
Accommodation in Bologna
There are plenty of accommodations in Bologna. You can stay in a hotel or rent an apartment – whatever you prefer. When I spent three days in Bologna lately, I chose the hotel I Portici Bologna (https://www.iporticihotel.com/), which is actually one of the best, or the best hotel in the city. I Portici Bolognais a 5 star hotel, which is located directly in the city on the main shopping street. It can be found in a historical building but it has been fully renovated and is very modern. The hotel has got a wonderful terrace where you can sit in the evening and enjoy your aperitif. I can highly recommend this accommodation in Bologna.
Restaurants in Bologna
When you are staying atI Portici Bologna you can also have an excellent dinner there. As the restaurant owns a Michelin star, having dinner in this restaurant in Bologna is definitely a good choice. And I can tell that the star is well deserved. Besides that, Bologna offers its guests a wide range of great restaurants, trattorias, cafes and bars. Especially in the old town you can reach a lot of nice places by food, as the walking distances between the restaurants in Bolognaare not very long. Just take some time to walk through the small alleys and enjoy exploring gorgeous delicatessen. I bet you will love the little snacks and appetizers.
Shopping in Bologna
It is hard to write about shopping in Bologna as there are too many places. I can definitely not name all of them. One of my favorite places for shopping in Bologna is the main street, which is called Via dell’ Indipendenza. It is the longest street of Bolognas old town and you can find a lot of shops there. Most likely you will know lots of the brands from other countries. Another nice place for shopping is Galleria Cavour, which is located directly in the heart of the historic centre, just one step away from the main city square. You will find most of the big designers there, such as Versace, Cavalli, Max Mara and many more.
If you want to go shopping in Bologna there is another place that you should not miss: the Isolani Palace. It is a perfect combination of sightseeing and shopping – historical building with exclusive fashion shops and modern restaurants there. It is absolutely worth visiting.
For those of you who are not interested in shopping in Bologna, there are still some other things to do: you can play golf or you can rent a car and go to the seaside. It is around 1.5hours away by car and you can have fresh fish and a walk on the beach.