Bologna

General Information

Known locally by the affectionate nick-name ‘the fat one’

Fly from Manchester Airport with Ryanair.

Shopping

Bologna is one of Italy's top shopping destinations, and the city centre is crammed full of funky boutiques and designer fashion stores. This is a town where not splurging on a gorgeous piece of Italian fashion or new leather shoes is practically impossible. Both Via Indipendenza and Via Castiglione are two of Bologna's top shopping streets, but to check out where the beautifully dressed locals get their threads from, head to boutiques such as Casa dello Sport (Via San Stefano 6), Cappelleria Trentini (Via Indipendenza 33) and the massive Borgo delle Tovaglie Flagship Store (Via Farini 10).

Food & Drink

Bologna is one of Italy's top shopping destinations, and the city centre is crammed full of funky boutiques and designer fashion stores. This is a town where not splurging on a gorgeous piece of Italian fashion or new leather shoes is practically impossible. Both Via Indipendenza and Via Castiglione are two of Bologna's top shopping streets, but to check out where the beautifully dressed locals get their threads from, head to boutiques such as Casa dello Sport (Via San Stefano 6), Cappelleria Trentini (Via Indipendenza 33) and the massive Borgo delle Tovaglie Flagship Store (Via Farini 10).

Events

Carnival

Hotels

With its distinctive red-brick and portico architecture and renowned cuisine, Bologna is a traveller favourite. For sumptuous living, right in the very heart of the city, Grand Hotel Majestic gia'Baglioni (Via Indipendenza 8) is a five-star treat with decadently palatial rooms. Antica Residenza D'Azeglio (Via Massimo D'Azeglio 64) is just as luxurious but more intimate, perfect if you're looking for a romantic escape. Mid-range seekers should check out charmingly funky B&B Chez Moi (Vicolo Bolognetti 26) or the cosy rooms as Casa Ilaria (Largo Respighi 8) for something more traditional. Budget travellers will like spick-and-span Hotel Corticella (Via Stoppato 31).

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