Stay at one of our welcoming hotels in Bologna, Italy, home to Europe’s oldest university. In the city center, discover priceless Renaissance art and delectable Bolognese dishes.
The city’s many churches are scattered throughout the narrow marbled streets and open piazzas of the historic center, close to our Bologna hotels. Marvel at the façade of San Petronio Basilica on the main Piazza Maggiore square, left half-finished since the 17th century. San Domenico Basilica holds the marble tomb of St. Dominic, resting beneath a soaring pink dome coated with Renaissance frescos and gilded molding. A favorite photography spot in Bologna’s center is Neptune Fountain. Its true-to-life nude god and voluptuous female consorts have stirred debate among the Bolognese since its 16th-century completion. Guests of our Bologna hotels can climb the spindly Asinelli Tower, built as a status symbol for a wealthy family in the Middle Ages. From the top you’ll see sweeping views of Bologna’s red-tiled rooftops.
Bargain-hunting guests at our Bologna hotels will want to prowl the Piazzola weekend flea market in Piazza Otto Augusto. This is the region’s best hunting ground for vintage leather jackets, woven hippie duds and discount brand-name jeans. Confectionary shops tucked into the center’s side streets tempt with gianduja hazelnut and liqueur-filled chocolates. Explore Bologna’s celebrated cuisine at every meal, from mortadella sausage panini at lunch to tagliatelle pasta noodles smothered in creamy lamb ragù for supper. After dinner, join university students at the osterie (all-night cafes) along Via del Pratello or Via delle Belle Arti.
Book our Holiday Inn® hotels in Bologna in January, when international experimental artists exhibit throughout the city streets during Bologna Art First, or in November, when live music spills out of Bologna’s bars, cafes and theaters during the Bologna Jazz Festival.