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Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, in the heart of a metropolitan area of ​​about one million inhabitants. The city of Etruscan descent was for centuries an important urban center, first under the Etruscans, then under the Romans, then again in the Middle Ages as a free municipality and Signoria, when it belonged to the largest cities in Europe. Bologna is famous for its towers, churches and long porticos. Thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy that began in the late 1970s, it has a well-preserved historic center. Founded in 1078, the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, has a large student population that gives it a cosmopolitan character. In 2000, it was declared European Capital of Culture and in 2006 UNESCO's city of music.

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Basilica of San Domenico

Piazza S. Domenico, 13 40124 Bologna Italy
The Basilica of San Domenico is one of the most important churches in Bologna, Italy. The remains of St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers, are buried in the exquisite shrine Arca di San Domenico by Nicola Pisano and his workshop Arnolfo di Cambio and later by Niccolò dell'Arca and the young Michelangelo.
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Casa Saraceni

Via Farini 15, 40124 Bologna, Italy
One of the examples of magnificent Renaissance architecture in the city. Nowadays it hosts exhibitions and various cultural events.
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National Art Gallery of Bologna

56 Via delle Belle Arti, 40126, Bologna
The National Art Gallery of Bologna is a museum in Bologna, Italy. It is located in the former Saint Ignatius Jesuit novitiate of the city's University district, and inside the same building that houses the Academy of Fine Arts. The museum offers a wide collection of Emilian paintings from the 13th to the 18th century and other fundamental works by artists who were in some way related to the city.
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Fava Palace

Via Alessandro Manzoni, Bologna
Palazzo Ghisilardi Fava is a Renaissance style palace, located on via Manzoni 4 in Bologna, region of Emilia Romagna, Italy; it houses the Medieval Civic Museum of Bologna. Built for the notary and chancellor Bartolomeo Ghisilardi between 1484 and 1491 on designs of Zilio Montanari. In the courtyard of the palace, rises the medieval tower called Torre dei Conoscenti. The name is derived because the house on the site was owned by the Conoscenti family in the 14th century. The tower was damaged in the earthquake of 1505. During the Mussolini era, the palaze housed the Casa del Fascio of Bologna. Across the street stands the church of the Madonna di Galliera.
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Ducati Museum

Via Antonio Cavalieri Ducati 3, 40132 Bologna, Italy
The Ducati Museum is a transport museum in Bologna, Italy at the Ducati factory. It contains a collection of Ducati motorcycles and some early non-automotive products. It opened in 1998.The museum's collection of technical documentation was selected by Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities for inclusion in the national archive.
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Museum of the History of Bologna

Via Castiglione 8, 40136 Bologna, Italy
Learn more about the history of this city. This unique interactive museum covers the period from the Etruscans to the present.
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Palazzo Poggi Museum

33 Via Anteo Zamboni, Bologna
The Palazzo Poggi is a palazzo in Via Zamboni 33, Bologna, Italy. It is the headquarters of the University of Bologna and of the rector of the university.
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San Colombano

Via Parigi, Bologna
The Oratory of the Madonna of San Colombano, also called the Chiese di San Colombano e Santa Maria dell'Orazione is a religious site in central Bologna, found on Via Parigi #5, near the Bologna Cathedral.
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Zoological Museum of Bologna

Via Selmi 3, 40126 Bologna, Italy
This natural museum was originally opened as a cabinet of curiosity so prepare to see some hybrid animals. It now contains over 18,000 items.
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Sports

Renato Dall'Ara Stadium

Stadio Renato Dall'Ara is a multi-purpose stadium in Bologna, Italy. It is currently used mostly for football matches and the home of Bologna F.C. 1909. The stadium was built in 1927 and holds 38,279. It has also been named Stadio Littoriale. It replaced the Stadio Sterlino. It was one of the host stadiums during the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The last match of the tournament played there was the England vs Belgium match in the Round of 16 which ended 1–0 courtesy of an extra-time goal scored by David Platt in the 119th minute.
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Renato Dall'Ara Stadium

Stadio Renato Dall'Ara is a multi-purpose stadium in Bologna, Italy. It is currently used mostly for football matches and the home of Bologna F.C. 1909. The stadium was built in 1927 and holds 38,279. It has also been named Stadio Littoriale. It replaced the Stadio Sterlino. It was one of the host stadiums during the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The last match of the tournament played there was the England vs Belgium match in the Round of 16 which ended 1–0 courtesy of an extra-time goal scored by David Platt in the 119th minute.
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Land Rover Arena

PalaDozza is an indoor sporting arena that is located at Piazza Azzarita Manfredi 8, in Bologna, Italy. The seating capacity of the arena is fit to host 5,721 people. The arena was inaugurated in 1956. In Italy, it is frequently nicknamed Il Madison, after Madison Square Garden. It is currently home to Virtus and Fortitudo Bologna basketball teams.
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Restaraunts

Quadrilatero Old Market

Via Drapperie 40124 Bologna Italy
If you visit Bologna, do not miss this gastronomic area, where an old medieval market takes place. Here you can buy local specialties.
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Prendiparte Tower

5 Piazzetta Prendiparte, 40126, Bologna, IT
One of the remaining towers of the city today houses a bed and breakfast that also offers guided tours. Take a look around and enjoy the view from above.
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Caffè Terzi

10/D Via Guglielmo Oberdan, 40126, Bologna, IT
This place is said to serve the best coffee in Bologna, so this is a must. Experiment a little, they serve various kinds of this beverage.
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La Sorbetteria Castiglione

44 Via Castiglione, 40124, Bologna, IT
One of the best shops with ice cream in the city. If you have a sweet tooth, head here. You won't know which flavor you want to taste first!
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Rosa Rose

Via Clavature 18/b, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Come here for breakfast, lunch, or just for a cup of excellent coffee. Later in the evening you can taste wonderful cocktails.
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Going Out

Teatro Comunale di Bologna

The Teatro Comunale di Bologna is an opera house in Bologna, Italy, and is one of the most important opera venues in Italy. Typically, it presents eight operas with six performances during its November to April season. While there had been various theatres presenting opera in Bologna since the early 17th century, they had either fallen into disuse or burnt down. However, from the early 18th century, the Teatro Marsigli-Rossi had been presenting operatic works by popular composers of the day including Vivaldi, Gluck, and Niccolò Piccinni. The Teatro Malvezzi, built in 1651, burned down in February 1745 and this event prompted the construction of a new public theatre, the Nuovo Teatro Pubblico, as the Teatro Comunale was first called when it opened on 14 May 1763.
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Teatro Comunale di Bologna

1 Largo Respighi, 40126, Bologna
The Teatro Comunale di Bologna is an opera house in Bologna, Italy, and is one of the most important opera venues in Italy. Typically, it presents eight operas with six performances during its November to April season. While there had been various theatres presenting opera in Bologna since the early 17th century, they had either fallen into disuse or burnt down. However, from the early 18th century, the Teatro Marsigli-Rossi had been presenting operatic works by popular composers of the day including Vivaldi, Gluck, and Niccolò Piccinni. The Teatro Malvezzi, built in 1651, burned down in February 1745 and this event prompted the construction of a new public theatre, the Nuovo Teatro Pubblico, as the Teatro Comunale was first called when it opened on 14 May 1763.
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Duse Theater

Via Cartoleria 42, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Visit one of the oldest theaters in the city. They put on both classical drama and comedies, but also musicals and dance performances.
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MAST Foundation

42 Via Speranza, 40133, Bologna, IT
Pay a visit to the institution presenting modern and experimental art. It also focuses on technology.
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Bravo Caffè

Via Mascarella 1, 40126 Bologna, Italy
If you want to enjoy a few drinks while listening to live music, head here. The place also serves dinner.
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Hiking

Montagnola Park

The park of Montagnola is a public park in Bologna, Italy. The original construction owes it to the Napoleonic rule, which commissioned the park design by Giovanni Battista Martinetti. At the foot of the park are the ruins of the 14th-century Castello di Galliera, which lead to a scenographic staircase designed by Tito Azzolini and Attilio Muggia. The staircases are decorated with sculptural reliefs and statues inspired by the history of Bologna, completed by Arturo Orsoni, Pietro Veronesi, Tullo Golfarelli, Ettore Sabbioni and Arturo Colombarini. The central basin of the park was completed in 1888 for the exhibition of the province of Emilia by Diego Sarti.
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Margherita Gardens

The Giardini Margherita is a park in Bologna, Italy, located just south of the city centre.
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Complex of San Michele in Bosco

San Michele in Bosco is a religious complex in Bologna, central Italy, including the church with the same name and the annexed Olivetan monastery. The latter was acquired in 1955 by the municipality of Bologna, to house an orthopedic center named the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute.
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Shopping

Via dell'Indipendenza

Stroll along the street that leads to the train station. It has always been the main street of the city and now it is full of shops.
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Sightseeing

Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore 40124 Bologna Italy
Piazza Maggiore is a central square in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna region, Italy. The appearance in the 21st century generally reflects the layout of the 15th century. The northwestern corner opens up to the Piazza del Nettuno with the Fontana del Nettuno, while the northeastern corner leads to the narrower Piazza Re Enzo, which runs along the flanks of the Palazzo Re Enzo, which merges with the Palazzo del Podestà. Piazza del Nettuno is adjacent to the Biblioteca Salaborsa.
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Two Towers

These two leaning towers are the city's most famous towers. The Asinelli Tower (the larger one) takes its name from the wealthy Asinelli family who built it. After being acquired by the city of Bologna in the 12th century, it served as a prison. The other tower is called Garisenda. You can climb the Asinelli Tower to get a nice view of the city. The Garisenda Tower is not open to the public.
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Fountain of Neptune

Piazza del Nettuno 40124 Bologna Italy
The Fountain of Neptune is a monumental citadel fountain on the square of the same name, Piazza del Nettuno, near Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, Italy. The bronze figure of Neptune, which expands its reach in a stately gesture of nourishing and controlling the waters, is an impressive early work by Giambologna, completed around 1567. A novelty of Giambologna's fountain designs are the fantastic and non-geometric shapes that he made the basin Water spurted and flowed, "strangely folded, plump and elastic," as Rosalind Grippi noted. The fountain is a prime example of the mannerist taste of the courtly elite in the mid-16th century: the statue was commissioned by Cardinal Legate of the City, Charles Borromeo, for the happy recent election of Borromeo's uncle as Pope Pius IV. To symbolize.
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Basilica of San Petronio

40124
The Basilica of San Petronio is the main church of Bologna, Emilia Romagna, northern Italy. It dominates Piazza Maggiore. It is the tenth largest church in the world by volume, 132 meters long and 66 meters wide, while the vault reaches 45 meters in and 51 meters in the facade. With a volume of 258,000 m³, it is the largest brick church in the world. The basilica is dedicated to the patron saint of the city, St. Petronius, bishop of Bologna in the 5th century. The building was a joint project of Bologna, not by the bishops: the property was a symbol of communal power, which was transferred from the city to the diocese in 1929; The basilica was finally consecrated in 1954. It is only since 2000 the seat of the relics of the patron saint of Bologna. Until then, they were kept in the Santo Stefano church of Bologna.
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Basilica of Santo Stefano

Via Santo Stefano 24, 40125 Bologna, Italy
The Basilica of Santo Stefano includes a complex of religious buildings in the city of Bologna in Italy. It is located in Piazza Santo Stefano and is known locally as Sette Chiese and Santa Gerusalemme. It has the dignity of a small basilica.
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Archiginnasio of Bologna

Piazza Galvani 1, 40124 Bologna, Italy
The Archiginnasio of Bologna is one of the most important buildings in the city of Bologna. The former main building of the University of Bologna currently houses the Municipal Library Archiginnasio and the Anatomical Theater.
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Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Peter

Via dell'Indipendenza, Bologna
The Cathedral of Bologna, dedicated to St. Peter, is the cathedral of Bologna in Italy and the seat and the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archbishop of Bologna. The current building dates mostly from the 17th century, some parts from the late 16th century.
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Palazzo della Mercanzia

Since the 14th century, the palace has been a business residence. Note the two Gothic arches and the beautifully decorated interior.
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Palazzo Re Enzo

Piazza del Nettuno 1 40124 Bologna, Italy
Palazzo Re Enzo is a palace in Bologna, northern Italy. It takes its name from Enzio of Sardinia, son of Frederick II, who was imprisoned here from 1249 until his death in 1272. The palace was built between 1244 and 1246 as an extension of the nearby Palazzo del Podestà, which proved inadequate to the municipality of Bologna. It was therefore first known as Palatium Novum. Three years after the palace was completed, Enzio was conquered by the Guelphs at the Battle of Fossalta. After a short stay in Anzola he was transferred here, where he remained until his death. Enzio was allegedly released in the palace during the day, but at night he was kept in a cage suspended from the ceiling.
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Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport

Bologna G Marconi Airport Via Triumvirato 84 40132 Bologna Italy
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is an international airport for the city of Bologna in Italy. It is located about 6 km northwest of the city center in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, about 200 km southeast of Milan. The airport is named after the Bologna-born Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian electrical engineer and Nobel Prize winner. With 7,680,992 passengers handled in 2016, this was the seventh largest airport in Italy this year.
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Bologna Central Railway Station

Bologna Centrale is a railway station in Bologna, Italy. The station is located on the northern edge of the city center. It is located at the southern end of the Milan-Bologna high-speed line opened on 13 December 2008 and at the northern end of the three lines between Bologna and Florence: the original Bologna-Florence line through Porretta Terme and Pistoia; Bologna-Florence-Direttissima on Prato, which opened on April 22, 1934, and the Bologna-Florence high-speed line, which was opened to traffic on December 13, 2009. However, it is next to the Termini station in Rome one of the busiest for the number of train movements per day.
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Casteldebole railway station

Casteldebole is a railway station serving the suburb of Casteldebole, part of the city of Bologna, in the region of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. The station opened in 2002 and is located on the Porrettana railway. The train services are operated by Trenitalia and Ferrovie Emilia Romagna. The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, Italy's state-owned rail company.
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Casteldebole railway station

Casteldebole is a railway station serving the suburb of Casteldebole, part of the city of Bologna, in the region of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. The station opened in 2002 and is located on the Porrettana railway. The train services are operated by Trenitalia and Ferrovie Emilia Romagna. The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, Italy's state-owned rail company.
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Casteldebole railway station

Casteldebole is a railway station serving the suburb of Casteldebole, part of the city of Bologna, in the region of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. The station opened in 2002 and is located on the Porrettana railway. The train services are operated by Trenitalia and Ferrovie Emilia Romagna. The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, Italy's state-owned rail company.
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Hotels

Palazzo Bolognini - Casa Isolani

16 Piazza Santo Stefano, 40125, Bologna

We_Bologna

69/14 Via De' Carracci, 40129, Bologna, IT

Dopa Hostel

41 Via Irnerio, 40126, Bologna

Savoia Hotel

2 Via del Pilastro, 40127, Bologna

B&B Bologna Centro

47 Via Guglielmo Marconi, 40122, Bologna

Hotel

11 Via Altura, 40139, Bologna, IT

Buonhotel Bologna

4 Via degli Usberti, 40121, Bologna

Astoria

14 Via Fratelli Rosselli, 40121, Bologna

B&B Paradisi