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Bologna Vacation Packages & Tours

One of Italy’s best-kept secrets, while Bologna is often overlooked, those who visit often find themselves falling head over heels. The lively capital of the Emilia-Romagna region north of Florence between the Savena and Reno rivers, it’s overflowing with charm and boasts a rich history with magnificent architecture, including medieval towers, baroque treasures, and Renaissance monuments. It’s also home to the world’s oldest university, the University of Bologna which dates all the way back to 1088. As the birthplace of many favorite Italian dishes prepared with Bolognese sauce, foodies will enjoy sampling everything from lasagna and mortadella to tortellini. At the heart of the city is the main square, Piazza Maggiore, a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike that looks as if it was made for a postcard. Its ancient porticoes with elegant arcades stretch for nearly 25 miles, representing the essence of Bologna while providing endless opportunities for a memorable stroll. 

Bologna Trip Inspiration

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  • Gourmet Italy

    Rome - Florence - Bologna - Venice

    9 Nights
    From $5,220 pp
    If immersing yourself in the flavors of Italy is a priority while enjoying its fascinating historic landmarks and incredible scenery, you’ll want to book the 9-night Gourmet Italy tour. It includes overnights in Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Venice with many private, locally guided tours through iconic places like Rome’s ancient Colosseum, some of Tuscany’s most enchanting walled medieval hilltop towns, and Venice’s picturesque canals. You’ll take part in multiple food experiences too, from a food tour in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome to a cooking class in Bologna. Private transfers and upscale accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels are included throughout the trip.
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Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna

Best Hotels in Bologna

No matter when you visit Bologna, if you’re on a budget you can find a clean and comfortable place to stay, and if you’re looking for luxuries, there is plenty of that too. Accommodations range from hostels and B&Bs to short-term apartment rentals and hotels in every category, including value-priced 4-star options and a handful of five-star properties. There are romantic boutique hotels and hotels with spas and pools too. Before booking, you’ll want to consider which neighborhood is best for your stay, with the historic center ideal for sightseers and first-time visitors as all the top attractions will be within easy reach. Those who prefer a quieter setting away from the tourist crowds will have many options with several neighborhoods within walking distance, including trendy Ghetto Ebraico that’s just a short walk from the main square, Piazza Maggiore. The Bolognina neighborhood is well-worth considering too, a good option for nearly every type of traveler.

Check out our guide on where to stay in Bologna.

Things to do in Bologna

No matter the reason for your visit, you’ll find many things to do in Bologna.

Besti time to visit Bologna

When to visit Bologna

While many feel the very best time to visit Bologna is in the spring or early fall, it really depends on what you want to experience, your budget, and your travel preferences. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds and enjoy a more budget-friendly trip, the month of November or anytime from mid-January through February are two of the best times to visit Bologna. Both airfare and accommodation rates tend to be lower and there will be fewer other tourists around. Of course, the weather will be chilly, so it’s not the best time for hiking in the surrounding hills or enjoying other outdoor activities, but sightseeing can be enjoyable simply by bundling up a bit. April/May and September/October are two of the most popular times to visit for those who want to enjoy pleasant weather without the biggest crowds of the year, although there will still be quite a few other tourists around.

Check out our guide on when to visit Bologna.


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