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    Bologna – a brief overview

    Bologna really has it all. A relatively large city with an enormous student population means that it’s culturally vibrant, with a notable arts scene and fantastic nightlife. But all of this action takes place in a breathtakingly beautiful historical centre of medieval towers and golden porticoes. Bars and hotels are converted out of Renaissance-era palazzos and chapels.

    Ancient churches stand defiantly against the modern apartment blocks and office towers looming beyond the old city walls. Then there’s the food – Bologna is known as La Grassa with good reason. Spaghetti bolognese doesn’t actually exist, but the nearest equivalent of tagliatelle al ragù is sublime, eaten in any number of classic, home-style restaurants.


    Top 10 sights in Bologna

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    Due Torri

    Piazza di Porta Ravegnana
    40126 Bologna
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700 (winter)
    Daily 0900-1800 (summer)

    The main icons of Bologna are its due Torri – two medieval towers that lean disconcertingly towards each other. Climb the 498 wooden steps of the taller one, Torre Asinelli, for a great view of the city.

    Basilica di San Petronio

    Piazza Galvani 5
    40125 Bologna
    Tel: 051 231 415
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0745-1400 and 1500-1830

    Work on Bologna’s most important church began in the 14th century, and despite recent restoration, it’s technically still unfinished. The sculpted facade is spectacular.

    Fontana del Nettuno

    Piazza Nettuno
    40124 Bologna
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    Dominating the wide square that borders and leads onto Piazza Maggiore is the extravagant bronze fountain of Neptune, sculpted by Giambologna in the 16th century.


    Via Don Minzoni 14
    40121 Bologna
    Tel: 051 649 6611
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri 1200-1800
    Thu and Sat-Sun 1200-2000

    The city’s museum of modern art displays post-WWII works by the likes of Renato Guttuso and Fabio Mauri in a striking minimalist setting.

    Pinacoteca Nazionale

    Via Belle Arti 56
    40126 Bologna
    Tel: 051 420 9411
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed 0900-1330
    Thu-Sun 1400-1900

    Though MAMbo is Bologna’s most talked-about art museum, the Pinacoteca Nazionale boasts an almost unparalleled collection of works by legends such as Raphael and Parmigianino

    Basilica di San Domenico

    Piazza San Domenico 13
    40124 Bologna
    Tel: 051 640 0411
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1800
    Sat 0900-1700
    Sun 1530-1700

    The remains of St Dominic, the founder of the great Dominican Order, can be found in this grand church decorated by the likes of Niccolò di Bari and Michelangelo.

    Sette Chiese

    Via Santo Stefano 24, Piazza Santo Stefano
    40125 Bologna
    Tel: 051 648 0611
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1900

    The seven churches officially known as Basilica di Santo Stefano provide a square of architectural wonder, with one part dating back to a fifth-century temple to Isis.

    Giardini Margherita

    Piazza di Porta Santo Stefano
    40125 Bologna
    Tel: 051 335 611
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1800 (Oct-Mar)
    Daily 0600-2400 (Apr-Sep)

    Just outside the city walls, to the southwest, lies Bologna’s largest green space. In the summer, it’s full of people soaking up the sunshine and kicking footballs.

    Madonna di San Luca

    Via di San Luca 36
    40135 Bologna
    Tel: 051 614 2339
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0630-1700
    Sun 0700-1700 (Nov-Feb)
    Mon-Sat 0630-1900
    Sun 0700-1900 (Mar-Oct)

    For a hike out of the city, head up a beautiful green hill to the southwest, atop which looms this beautiful 18th-century church, and provides a breathtaking vista.

    University of Bologna/Museo di Palazzo Poggi

    Via Zamboni 33
    40126 Bologna
    Tel: 051 209 9398
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1600
    Sat-Sun 1030-1730 (mid-Sep to mid-Jun)
    Tue-Fri 1000-1300 (mid-Jun to mid-Sep)

    Claiming to be the oldest university in the world, the University of Bologna’s historic buildings are a feast for the eyes, some dating back to the 15th century. Don’t miss the Museo di Palazzo Poggi.

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    Italy / Country Information

    Country overview

    Italy is an extremely popular tourist destination. Its stunning landscapes, fascinating cities and unique cultural heritage are internationally renowned. But it would be impossible to explore the entire country on a single trip. It’s better to concentrate on a few highlights and enjoy the hospitality, style and spirit of the region you choose to visit.

    Italy’s diversity is a big part of what makes it attractive to visitors. Loud, lively Naples; the gently rolling hills of Tuscany; the Renaissance treasures of Florence – the country has an irresistible allure. And let’s not forget Italian cuisine!


    Italy is divided into the Italian Alps, the northern Italian lowlands, the actual Apennine Peninsula, and numerous islands. The most famous islands include Sicily, Sardinia, Elba, Ischia and Capri. The Alps are located in northern Italy and form a natural border with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The country borders the Mediterranean Sea to the south, southwest, and southeast. The Apennines, with their tallest peak of 2,910 meters, stretch across the entire peninsula.

    Northern Italy is home to the Alps, the fertile, densely populated Po Valley, and the Ligurian-Etruscan region of the Apennines. The Piedmont and Aosta Valley regions include some of Europe’s tallest mountains and most beautiful skiing areas. Numerous rivers have their source here; they flow through the Po Valley and the Italian lake district. Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Garda are located here. The Po, Italy’s largest river, flows into the Adriatic Sea in the east.

    Central Italy is actually located in the north of the Italian peninsula. Tuscany boasts diverse and beautiful landscapes. Mountains, meadows, and hills await visitors to this region, as do sandy beaches and numerous islands.

    The region of Marche, between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea, is a mountainous area full of rivers and small, fertile plains. The mountainous regioni (administrative districts) of Abruzzo border Marche to the north. Molise, located south of Abruzzo, borders Puglia to the south. Lazio and Campania are situated on the Tyrrhenian Sea and comprise the western border. Umbria, the “green heart of Italy,” is full of hills and expansive plains.

    Southern Italy extends from Baia Domizia to the Gulf of Naples. Campania is hilly, with flat coastal regions. The southern Italian Apennines are lower than the northern mountains, and the Appennino Neapolitano gently merges into the softly rolling hills surrounding Sorrento. The islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida in the Tyrrhenian Sea also belong to Campania. In Puglia, volcanic hills and secluded moors characterize the landscape. And there are still active volcanoes in southern Italy: Mount Vesuvius to the east of Naples is one of the largest volcanoes in Europe. Calabria, the “toe” of Italy’s “boot,” is sparsely populated and heavily forested.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 60.5 million (2015).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.


    The state language is Italian. South Tyrol is officially a bilingual province, where German is the language mainly spoken. In Trentino, Ladin is taught in some schools.


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices.

    The public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021 are listed below.


    Capodanno (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2020
    Epifania (Epiphany): 6 January 2020
    Pasqua (Easter Sunday): 12 April 2020
    Lunedì dell’Angelo (Easter Monday): 13 April 2020
    Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day): 25 April 2020
    Festa del Lavoro (Labour Day): 1 May 2020
    Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day): 2 June 2020
    Assunzione di Maria Vergine (Assumption): 15 August 2020
    Tutti i santi (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2020
    Immacolata Concezione (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2020
    Natale (Christmas Day): 25 December 2020
    Santo Stefano (St. Stephen’s Day): 26 December 2020


    Capodanno (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2021
    Epifania (Epiphany): 6 January 2021
    Pasqua (Easter Sunday): 4 April 2021
    Lunedì dell’Angelo (Easter Monday): 5 April 2021
    Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day): 25 April 2021
    Festa del Lavoro (Labour Day): 1 May 2021
    Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day): 2 June 2021
    Assunzione di Maria Vergine (Assumption): 15 August 2021
    Tutti i santi (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2021
    Immacolata Concezione (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2021
    Natale (Christmas Day): 25 December 2021
    Santo Stefano (St. Stephen’s Day): 26 December 2021

    All information subject to change.


    Nightlife in Bologna


    With a large student population, Bologna boasts countless bars and several clubs. The night usually starts over a pre-dinner

    aperitivo accompanied by a complimentary buffet that is often very generous. There’s also plenty of live music.

    Osteria del Sole

    1 Vicolo Ranocchi 1D
    40124 Bologna
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    Dating back to 1465, this medieval inn has terrific wines and a bring-your-own-food policy.


    Via de’ Pignattari 1F
    40124 Bologna
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    The aperitivos in buzzy 051 next to San Petronio are accompanied by the city’s best buffet.


    Via Gerusalemme 5A
    40125 Bologna
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    In the heart of the old Jewish Quarter, this dark little bar is great for scheming over a fine Italian liquor.


    Viale Zagabria 1
    40127 Bologna
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    With live bands and huge indie discos, this is an out-of-the-centre mecca for Italian hipsters.

    Le Stanze

    Via Borgo di San Pietro 1
    40126 Bologna
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    Sip cocktails in the glorious setting of a 16th-century palazzo complete with faded frescoes.


    Restaurants in Bologna


    Bologna is famous throughout Italy for having extraordinary, almost unmatchable cuisine. Classic trattorias serving

    handmade pasta jostle with classy restaurants and pizzerias. There are two must-eats: tagliatelle al ragù and fresh tortellini.

    Drogheria della Rosa

    Via Cartoleria 10
    40124 Bologna
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    Price: Expensive

    The best pasta in Bologna can be found in this idiosyncratic-looking restaurant.

    Ristorante Leoni

    Via Stalingrado
    40128 Bologna
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    Price: Expensive

    Head out of the city centre for the most sophisticated restaurant in the city headed by Michelin-starred chef Marcello Leoni.

    Osteria La Sette Chiese

    Via Borgonuovo 6B
    40125 Bologna
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    Price: Moderate

    File onto old wooden benches and try different breads and hams from the Emiglia-Romagna region.

    Sorbetteria Castiglione

    Via Castiglione 44
    40124 Bologna
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    Price: Moderate

    For creamy, delicious gelato in more than a dozen innovative flavours, check out Castiglione.

    Pizza Casa di Simeone Mario

    Via Delle Belli Arti 6
    40126 Bologna
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    Price: Cheap

    This hidden gem cooks traditional stonebaked pizza better than anywhere in Bologna.


    Calendar of events


    February 15 – 25, 2020

    Venue: Throughout the city

    A celebration of excess before the fasting of Lent, with parades, balls and costumes and huge feasts.

    Festival Il Cinema Ritrovato

    June 20 – 28, 2020

    Venue: Various cinemas and open air events

    Retrospective film festival over eight days packed with cinema screenings.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Bologna


    Refreshingly light of big-chain properties and luxury towers, Bologna’s hotels tend towards refurbished old houses, many dating back hundreds of years.

    There are more modern establishments outside the city walls, but the historical centre is where you should be.


    Via Quattro Novembre 10
    40126 Bologna
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    Category: Expensive

    Next to Piazza Maggiore, the glamorous Orologio offers classic-style luxury.

    Hotel dei Commercianti

    Via de’ Pignattari 11
    40124 Bologna
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    Category: Expensive

    In a 12th-century palazzo, Commercianti provides accommodation with medieval chic.


    Via Indipendenza 60
    40121 Bologna
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    Category: Moderate

    On Bologna’s central thoroughfare, Internazionale is a large, comfortable property.


    Via Mentana 7
    40126 Bologna
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    Category: Cheap

    This simple, friendly guesthouse-style property enjoys a great central location.

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    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.


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    Telephone & Internet

    Country code: +39

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.


    Shopping in Bologna

    Key Areas

    Bologna is one of Italy’s best cities for shopping. Via Indipendenza, the thoroughfare running down the spine of the city centre, is full of high-street chains and designer shops, sheltered beneath its old porticoes.


    Head to Il Quadrilatero, a little network of lanes next to Piazza Maggiore, for a shopping experience that dates back to the

    Middle Ages. There are tiny shops selling cured hams and parmesan, along with street stalls for vegetables, fish and meat.

    Shopping Centres

    With its venerable little shops and ancient buildings, Bologna isn’t really about big shopping malls. But if you hanker for some modern-day consumerism, the vast Centro Nova (Via Villanova 29) is your best bet.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The Roman Catholic church still plays an important role in Italy and has a strong influence on the country’s social structures. Family ties tend to be much stronger here than in many other European countries.

    Casual clothing is common, but beachwear belongs on the beach. Appropriate clothing is expected when entering a church. Written invitations generally indicate whether a suit or a tuxedo/evening gown is required.

    Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings and on public transportation in Italy, as well as in movie theaters, restaurants and bars. Bars and restaurants are permitted to set up smoking areas, however.

    Tipping is not common in restaurants. Service charges, VAT and tourist tax are included in hotel bills. However, a tip of around €5 per week for chambermaids is customary. Restaurant bills generally include a standard charge for the tableware and bread (pane e coperto). Particularly satisfied customers are welcome to leave an additional tip on the table. Tipping is not expected in taxis, either.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Prof.Dr. Muratori, Angelo
    Villa Erbosa
    Via Dell’Arcoveggio 50/2
    40129 Bologna
    Tel. +39-51-6315000

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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