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Bologna

Italy
Bologna travel packages
La Dotta, La Grassa, La Rossa.
Bologna has many nicknames and it wears each with pride. Discover why.
Bologna is the capital of Emilia Romagna and makes a fantastic base for exploring the legendary "food valley". The city's history stretches back a few hundred years before Christ and it is home to the oldest university in Europe. These facts are responsible for two of the nicknames Bologna owns with pride. La Dotta – "the learned one" and La Grassa – "the fat one". Truly you're never far from a spectacular meal in Bologna, as long as you're not vegan. Emilia Romagna might not be a name as well known as neighboring Tuscany but its food specialties are renowned the world over. The king of Italian cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and traditional Aceto Balsamico are all from around here and a visit to see how they're produced is a must.
The recently opened Eataly World on the edge of Bologna could be worth a day to itself. If you've been to an Eataly in the US, this is all that and more, with demonstrations and classes running throughout the day. Petrolheads will also find much to love in Emilia Romagna. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati, and Maserati are all produced close by and have museums or factory tours available. If "slow food" and fast cars aren't your thing, Bologna still won't disappoint. A thriving arts scene means you'll easily find a more cultured diversion, from art galleries to operas. And if you want to work up an appetite, the gently leaning Asinelli Tower's almost 500 steps will help you burn some calories. From the top you'll see why Bologna is also known as La Rossa - "the red one," as you gaze out over the red tiled roofs of the old city, which escaped WWII largely undamaged.

Perfectly located no more than a couple of hours by high speed train from Milan, Venice, and Rome, and less than half an hour from Florence, Bologna's easy to include in a multi-city tour of Italy. The smaller Emilia Romagna cities of Modena and Parma are also very close and make for great day trips from Bologna.

What I love about Bologna

Charlie

Marketing Director

I travel to eat so Bologna is pretty much my idea of heaven. My only problem is working up enough of an appetite for the next delicious treat. Although enjoying an uptick in visitor numbers Bologna is still a much more 'local' town than places like Florence and Venice. Joining in the early evening aperitivo session in the Quadrilatero area just off the main square is a fun way to start the night.

Where to stay in Bologna

Bologna is a popular destination for conferences and expos, so there are plenty of business hotels in the area close to the train station but that's not the most interesting or attractive part of town to be in, so we've concentrated our hotel selection on the historical center. You'll be in the thick of the action and in easy strolling distance to Bologna's tastiest and liveliest spots. From historic boutiques, to modern design hotels, to centrally located renovated and well-equipped apartments, with a few restored palazzos thrown in for good measure, whatever your taste in accommodation, we've got you covered. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
3-star hotel
Historical design and decoration in a cosy three-star hotel right in the heart of Bologna's market area
5-star deluxe hotel
Well worn grandeur in one of the most prestigious hotels in Bologna.
4-star hotel
An elegant 4-star superior hotel with 5 star touches in a beautiful historic building in the historic city center.

Things to do in Bologna

Bologna's historic center is very walkable and in all weathers, thanks to the 25 miles of porticos. You could choose explore on your own or with the help of a private walking tour guide so you don't miss out on some of the important details. Most visitors to Bologna are here for the food and the city's classic dishes, tortellini in broth, and tagliatelle with ragu bolognese are undoubtedly a big draw. A food walking tour will give you the perfect introduction to Bologna's food culture. Curious cooks can take a cooking class and recreate those fabulous dishes at home. If you want to learn all about how the region's legendary cheese, ham, and balsamic vinegar are produced, then a full day tour of the "food valley" is essential. Other tour options focus on the region's motoring heritage, with the opportunity to take a Ferrari or Lamborghini for a spin. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider for adding later.
Food & Ferrari Group Day Trip
Private Food Walking Tour
Emilia Romagna Food Classics: Parmigiano, Balsamico and Prosciutto Private Day Trip

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

5.0 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Bologna vacation packages
Based on 2 reviews

Donna & Robert

New York

JayWay Travel is always easy to deal with and get back to us immediately. When we need more options, they always seem to have them. We have done 2 trips with JayWay Travel and plan to do more

JayWay Travel is always easy to deal with and get back to us immediately. When we need more options, they always seem to have them. We have done 2 trips with JayWay Travel and plan to do more

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Lake Como, Lucca, Monterosso Al Mare, Bologna, Venice, Milan
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Lake Como, Lucca, Monterosso Al Mare, Bologna, Venice, Milan
Rating :
5 / 5

Holly, Andy, Jacqueline & Anthony

New York

The best Travel Agency. They are a well oiled team of professionals. You will always feel like they are with you during the duration of your trip. Accessible at all times prior to as well as during your trip.

The best Travel Agency. They are a well oiled team of professionals. You will always feel like they are with you during the duration of your trip. Accessible at all times prior to as well as during your trip.

Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Lake Como, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Castellina in Chianti, Pisa, Monterosso Al Mare
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Italy
Itinerary : Milan, Lake Como, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Castellina in Chianti, Pisa, Monterosso Al Mare
Rating :
5 / 5
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