Visit Bologna - Best of Bologna

The city is an impeccable fusion of old and the new and it portrays a number of facets thereby giving it the following names: La Grassa or the fat one as a result of its rich food legacy; La Dotta or the learned one as it houses one of the oldest universities of Italy and La Rossa or the red one this comes from cities terracotta buildings. Whatever name you call it, Bologna is sure to let you live every element of the city.

Bologna dates back thousands of years, is conveniently located and is an important junction for rail and road. Adding to the many names the city already has, Bologna can also well be called the Manhattan of the medieval era with about hundreds of towers in the city- displaying the prestige of the family. With just about 17 of them that survived, the towers of Asinelli and Garisenda flash the pride of Bologna and invite you to climb the hefty 90 meters to witness a post-card view well worth the climb!

Adding to the picture perfect views in your Bologna trip is the its Porticos; created in the middle ages a way to widen the space for housing without taking too much of the street area. Piazza Maagiore the main square has most of the major monuments of Bologna and is the meeting point for the locals and tourists alike with various events held throughout the year.

There are always things to do in Bologna; on one hand we have Piazza Santo Stefano a complex of religious building and on the other hand Lamborghini Museum showcasing state of the art technology behind the world class automobile.

Bologna Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Bologna tips for your visit

  • Get a Bologna card for 48hrs free admission to museums, guided tours, bus tickets and other discounts at various spas and restaurants.
  • Climb the tower of Asinelli for the bird eye view of Bologna.
  • Shop at the quadrilateral of Bologna.
  • Cook Bolognese cuisine and relish your own delicacy!
  • Do not leave you bikes unattended or without locking them.

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Facts and Stats for Bologna*

  • Pollution Statistics in Bologna

    Know the pollution level of Bologna before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 58.62 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 21.25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 44.57 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 53.26 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 29.55 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 40.74 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 36.96 (Low)
  • Bologna: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Bologna for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bologna.

    • Burglary and Theft 48.94 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 50.53 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.23 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 52.13 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 32.45 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 42.39 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 45.65 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 54.26 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80.32 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 44.68 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 43.48 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.85 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 66.67 (High)
  • Living in Bologna - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Bologna is 151.46 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 53.97 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 88.05 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 51.63 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.07 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 68.77 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 74.92 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.85 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 80.87 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Bologna

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bologna

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.08 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.99 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.98 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 84.52 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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