Bologna is the spirited capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, and is kept progressive and youthful by the students of the University of Bologna – an establishment founded way back in 1088. This sun-drenched city maintains an upmarket vibe, where visitors can shop for finery, catch an opera, then dine out in one of the many restaurants in what is arguably the food capital of Italy.

The medieval city is awash with remnants from its past, from the tallest of the Two Towers piercing the terracotta-tiled cityscape, to Piazza Maggiore – a sweeping plaza, framed by arched colonnades, and dotted with landmarks like the Renaissance City Hall and the spectacular Fountain of Neptune.

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  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Bologna

    There’s no shortage of things to do after dinner in Bologna, from people-watching to late-night shopping and wild nights on the town. The historic northern city has a thriving cultural scene, and the action doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. If you’re not ready to hit the hay after a long day of sightseeing, you’ll find after-dark pursuits for different...

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  • Bologna Travel Essentials

    Our Bologna Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Italy. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need?...

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