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Bologna overview

In Bologna, you can take in local culture at top places like Communal Collection of Fine Arts and Museum of Giorgio Morandi. Make plans to visit other popular sights like Palazzo Comunale and Piazza Maggiore. Whatever your interests are, Bologna has something for you.

Where to stay in Bologna

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Bologna has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Bologna with Hotels.com by checking our online map. Our maps display the areas and neighborhoods around all Bologna hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Bologna hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to Bologna

Fly in to Bologna (BLQ-Guglielmo Marconi), 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from downtown Bologna.

Train stations include:
  • • Bologna Central Station
  • • Bologna Fiere Station
  • • Bologna San Ruffillo Station

What to see around Bologna

The area's cultural scene stands out, and places to visit include:
  • • Communal Collection of Fine Arts
  • • Museum of Giorgio Morandi
  • • Archaeological Museum
  • • National Art Gallery of Bologna
  • • Collezioni Comunali d'Arte
Memorable for its landmarks including:
  • • Piazza Maggiore
  • • Fountain of Neptune
  • • Basilica of San Petronio
  • • Tower of the Asinelli
  • • Tower of the Garisenda
Here are some favorite shopping areas:
  • • Mercato di Mezzo o Quadrilatero
  • • Galleria Cavour Shopping Center
  • • Navile Shopping Centre
  • • Centro Agroalimentare di Bologna
Take some time to explore campus or the area surrounding:
  • • University of Bologna
  • • University Library of Bologna
  • • Luigi Bombicci Museum of Mineralogy
  • • Aldini Valeriani Sirani
Some top places to visit include:
  • • Palazzo Comunale
  • • Basilica of San Domenico
  • • Basilica Santo Stefano
  • • BolognaFiere
  • • Stadio Renato Dall'Ara

When to visit Bologna

Curious about when's the best time to visit? Here are the seasonal norms to help with your planning:

Seasonal temperature averages
  • • January-March: 67°F day, 32°F night
  • • April-June: 89°F day, 47°F night
  • • July-September: 92°F day, 59°F night
  • • October-December: 76°F day, 35°F night
Seasonal rainfall averages
  • • January-March: 6.93 inches
  • • April-June: 7.01 inches
  • • July-September: 4.84 inches
  • • October-December: 9.49 inches