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Bologna is a lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. It has a population of about 388,000.
It has historically been an important cultural city in Italy and is one of the country’s main cultural centres.
It was named European Capital of Culture in 2000 and a UNESCO City of Music in 2006 - the first in Italy. As a City of Music, Bologna is required to foster musical projects all year round, including its one-of-a-kind International Museum and Library of Music, which is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
Its Piazza Maggiore is a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval and
Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio. Among the city’s many medieval towers are the Two Towers, leaning Asinelli and Garisenda.
Bologna’s other two main cultural outputs are theatre and food. Theatre has been popular in the city since the 16th century, and today Bologna has a major opera house, Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
Bologna’s cuisine is probably best known for ragú alla bolognese, the sauce to which it gives its name, but the city and the surrounding region are also famous for hard cheese, cured pork, and sweet desserts.
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Where to eat & drink
These are just a few of the many wonderful dining establishments in Bologna. Exploring the city's streets and neighborhoods will unveil even more culinary gems that cater to diverse tastes and budgets. Enjoy your gastronomic adventures in Bologna!
Osteria dell'Orsa: A favorite among locals, serving traditional Bolognese cuisine like tagliatelle al ragù and tortellini in brodo.
Trattoria Anna Maria: Known for its hearty and authentic Bolognese dishes, such as lasagne, tortelloni, and cotoletta alla bolognese.
Ristorante Pappagallo: A historic restaurant with elegant ambiance, offering a range of traditional Italian dishes and regional specialties.
Tamburini: A renowned deli and eatery famous for its selection of cured meats, cheeses, and gourmet sandwiches.
Gelateria Gianni: A beloved gelato shop with a wide variety of flavors, including local favorites like crema bolognese and zuppa inglese.
Osteria del Sole: Bologna's oldest pub, offering a unique experience where you can bring your own food while enjoying local wines and craft beers.
Enoteca Italiana: A wine bar and shop where you can sample and purchase a vast selection of Italian wines from different regions.
Mercato di Mezzo: A vibrant food market with various stalls selling fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and street food. Perfect for sampling local flavors.
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Places to visit.
Clock Tower & Municipal Art Collection
A unique experience for you to discover Palazzo d’Accursio, city landmark and stronghold of power.
City Centre Walking Tour
Do you have a few hours in Bologna and you’d like to discover the essence of the historical city centre?
Bologna is an extraordinary city and the Tower is its beating heart. The view from atop the Torre Asinelli is breathtaking, especially at sunset, and the journey upwards is unique and unforgettable
Bologna Welcome Card
Bologna Welcome Card is the tourist card that helps you discover what’s best in the city easily and cost-effectively. Buy it online or at tourist info points and start your experience.