Our hotels in Bologna, Italy, take you to the heart of Europe’s oldest university city. Long a center of art and cuisine, historic Bologna is filled with Renaissance churches and traditional restaurants serving Bologna’s celebrated mouthwatering cuisine.
Climb Asinelli Tower, built in the Middle Ages as a status symbol for a prominent Bolognese family. The panoramic city view includes the half-finished façade of San Petronio Basilica on Piazza Maggiore square. Down on the ground, guests of our hotels in Bologna can stroll to Santo Stefano, a grouping of four medieval churches. Wander from one to the other, passing through quiet courtyards and beneath graceful brick archways. The simple exterior of San Domenico Basilica hides a treasure trove of Renaissance art. Marvel at the gilded columns and intricate frescoes surrounding St. Dominic’s marble tomb. End a day in the city center at the foot of Neptune Fountain, where a larger-than-life nude Neptune commands a harem of sultry water goddesses.
Thick tagliatelle pasta with creamy lamb ragù, stuffed tortellini, baked lasagna—these are just a few of Bologna’s delicious contributions to Italian cuisine. Our hotels in Bologna are close to the historic center’s humble trattorie restaurants, where classic Bolognese recipes have been perfected for centuries. Head to Via del Pratello or Via delle Belle Arti for a glass of wine from the lively university bars or simple osterie cafes. After a good night’s sleep at our Bologna hotels, head early to the Piazzola, the weekend market in Piazza Otto Augusto, to haggle for deals on vintage clothing, leather handbags and discount name-brand shoes.
Stay at our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Bologna to enjoy the local confectioners’ seasonal candies and pastries—from chocolate eggs at Easter to sugary panettone cake at Christmas—or gianduja hazelnut chocolates any time of the year.