The Best Things to Do in Bologna

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Popular things to do in Bologna

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Observation Deck
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
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Church
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Historic Site
Basilica di San Petronio
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Piazza Maggiore
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088. Though it remains relatively unexplored by foreign travelers, many Italians consider this one of Italy's most beautiful cities, second only to Venice. Bologna features one of the country's largest and best-preserved historic centers, characterized by a series of covered walkways. Admire the architecture's rich mix of terra-cotta reds, burnt oranges, and warm yellows. Home to prestigious cultural, economic, and political institutions, this is also one of Italy's wealthiest cities. Due to its strategic location, Bologna has emerged as one of the main train hubs in this section of the country, making it easy to get to other Italian and European urban centers. Car traffic is prohibited in the city center during the day, so plan to explore on foot or by scooter. Customize your holiday with our Italy visit planner to create an adventure that suits you.

Hidden gems in Bologna

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Specialty Museum
Museo per la Memoria di Ustica
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Basilica di San Domenico
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark
Compianto sul Cristo Morto
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Bologna

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Art Museum
Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Museo Civico Archeologico
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Museo Civico Medievale
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Museo Di Anatomia Comparata
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Bologna

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World heritage site
Florence Academy of Fine Arts Florence
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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World heritage site
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore Florence
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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World heritage site
Piazzale Michelangelo Florence
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Florence
4.8
Duration: 8 hours

Historic Sites in Bologna

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Church
Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
Historic Walking Area
Portico di San Luca
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Cenobio di San Vittore
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Bologna

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Antique Store
Abacanto Home
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Gift & Specialty Shop
Bottega de' Marchi
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Gift & Specialty Shop
Strix Libreria Magica New Age
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Gift & Specialty Shop
Donata Stranieri Bijoux
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Tour
Delicious Bologna - Bologna Food Tours
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Government Building
Palazzo Comunale
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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World heritage site
Pitti Palace Florence
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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World heritage site
Ponte Vecchio Florence
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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