2. CULTURE FOR ALL TASTES
Culture lovers will have plenty to marvel at in Bologna. From Civic Museums to the National Gallery, passing through modern art exhibited at the MAMbo and the priceless archives at the Carducci House; in the city, there is much to see and even more to discover. And there is no better idea than visiting museums to savor the great past of the Emilia Romagna capital.
▪ Archeology - Museo Civico Archeologico
▪ Industrial and technical culture heritage - Museo del Patrimonio Industriale
▪ History and memory - Museo Civico del Risorgimento
▪ Something for everyone - Pinacoteca Nazionale - Palazzo Pepoli / Museo della Storia di Bologna - Palazzo Fava / Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Museo Ebraico - Collezione Tagliavini - Museo Ducati - Museo di Palazzo Poggi - Museo Palegalli "Mille Voci Mille Suoni" - Museo Storico del Soldatino "Mario Massacesi"
3. HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE
In Bologna, history and architecture go hand in hand and promise to give you blissful memories. Outside the city walls stands the Basilica of San Luca, which overlooks the city and is definitely worth a visit. In addition to the Garisend and Asinelli Towers, Bologna’s center features a variety of historic buildings, each deserving a dedicated visit: Palazzo dei Banchi, Palazzo dei Notai and Palazzo del Podestà, among others, are engaged in their own beauty contest against the Basilica of San Petronio, the Basilica and Sanctuary of Santo Stefano and the Cathedral of San Pietro.
And there is much more to visit: Basilica e Santuario di San Domenico e Tombe Glossatori - Basilica di San Francesco e Tombe Glossatori - Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore - Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi - Biblioteca Salaborsa - Certosa e Cimitero Monumentale - Fontana del Nettuno - Palazzo e Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio - Chiesa di San Michele
4. ONE YEAR, COUNTLESS EVENTS
In Bologna there are many artistic and cultural events that keep the city lively, day and night. From the Busker Festival, which showcases street art, to a variety of film festivals and the Future Film Festival, as well as the Jazz Festival, which attracts fans from around the world. Find out more: Events in 2017
5. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATURE
In Bologna, each park has its own history. The good news is that in the city (and just outside its walls) green spaces abound, bringing smiles to all those who love walking surrounded by nature. We start from the Villa Ghigi Park whose panoramic terrace offers a breathtaking view of the city, then move to Villa Spada, which abuts the wonderful park of Villa delle Rose, and end with a not-to miss visit to Giardini Margherita, if only to see its little lake. And then we continue with Parco della Montagnola, Parco Cavaioni, Parco dei Cedri, Parco di San Pellegrino, and Parco di Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati.
6. SWEET SINS OF GLUTTONY
If there is one thing for which Bologna is famous, it is its cuisine. It is difficult to resist the aromas and flavors that enliven the tables of restaurants and taverns. Guest Experience is ready to recommend the best places for lunch, dinner or just for a good glass of wine at apéro time...
Appetizers with mortadella, Parmigiano Reggiano and the irresistible hot tigelle (small, round, thickish flat bread) promise to whet your appetite.
Once you try them, you can no longer turn away traditional pasta dishes: passatelli (with broth), mythical tortellini, tagliatelle with ragù (meat-based) sauce, zuppa imperiale (imperial soup) and, finally, lasagna.
Keep a little room for second courses: stecchi fritti alla petroniana (stick on small bits of mortadella and cheese), friggione (meat, crostini and polenta dish), Bolognese-style cutlet and meatballs.
In addition to savory, there is plenty for those with a sweet tooth: torta alle tagliatellelline (sweet pasta pie), pinza bolognese (shortcrust pastry with fruit mustard), certosino (fruit cake) and sfrappole (Italian Carnival sweets)!
7. MAGICAL NEIGHBORHOODS, UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
Around Bologna, there is a world to discover: historic cities like Modena and Ferrara, famous throughout Italy for the goodness of their culinary tradition. A short drive away lies the Po Delta Nature Park and, at the Polesine border, the beautiful town of Comacchio, also known as “little Venice”. A visit to the Republic of San Marino is a not-to-miss opportunity - the Republic’s castles overlook the Romagna countryside.
- Ravenna: ancient Byzantine capital famous for its mosaics and for being the city of Dante. (80 km)
- Ferrara: Renaissance city, with its beautiful castle and the impressive Opera House. (50 km)
- Sant'Agata Bolognese: home of the Lamborghini factory and museum. (35 km)
- Comacchio: the Po delta and the Comacchio valleys, famous for eel fishing. (90 km)
- San Marino: magical view from the castles sitting atop Mount Titano. (140 km)
- Parma: city of art and gastronomy, famous for its sweet ham. (100 km)
- Modena: renowned for its Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar district, for the Osteria Francescana - which was awarded the title of 2016/2017 Best Restaurant in the World - and the Enzo Ferrari Museum. (45 km)