Bologna

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

Fly from Manchester Airport with Ryanair. Bologna is loved by travellers for its excellent variety of top-class cuisine, ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants to fresh-baked individual slices at the Pizzeria. But the delights of Bologna don’t stop at the stomach; it also offers one of Italy’s top shopping destinations, where Italian fashion houses and independent boutiques run rife.

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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). Bologna's nickname, 'the fat one', sums up why this city is known as a paradise of epicurean delight. Don't leave without trying the local specialities of tagliatelle with ragu, tortellini and mortadella. Pappagallo (Piazza della Mercanzia 3) is one of the city's top dining choices for traditional Bolognese cuisine, while fine dining fans will adore Michelin-starred Trattoria Battibecco (Via Battibecco 4). For something less wallet-crunching, you can't go wrong with a pizza at Nicola's Pizzeria (Piazza San Martino) or any of the simple pasta dishes on the daily-changing menu at Trattoria Fantoni (Via del Pratello 11). Carnival February Bologna locals flood out onto the streets to watch the carnival's colourful float parade thread its way through the city. It's a great time to be here if you want to witness local culture. Festival of San Luca May This local religious festival sees an effigy of San Luca paraded through the streets of Bologna and carried to San Pietro Cathedral by a colourful procession of priests. Angelica International Music Festival May-June One of Italy's biggest festivals dedicated to contemporary music, this annual event stages a vast programme of concerts in venues throughout the city. The wide-ranging variety of performances on offer takes in the full scope of modern music. Artelibro Festival September One for art lovers, the Artelibro Festival sees the galleries and design spaces of Bologna stage a series of special exhibitions across a four-day period. A programme of art lectures and events runs concurrently, and the city's main piazzas host huge art markets where you can purchase work from up-and-coming artists. Bologna Jazz Festival October/November This musical extravaganza attracts both big-name performers from across the world and up-and-coming musicians for a series of concerts which bring the wild rhythms of jazz onto Bologna's streets.

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). Bologna's nickname, 'the fat one', sums up why this city is known as a paradise of epicurean delight. Don't leave without trying the local specialities of tagliatelle with ragu, tortellini and mortadella. Pappagallo (Piazza della Mercanzia 3) is one of the city's top dining choices for traditional Bolognese cuisine, while fine dining fans will adore Michelin-starred Trattoria Battibecco (Via Battibecco 4). For something less wallet-crunching, you can't go wrong with a pizza at Nicola's Pizzeria (Piazza San Martino) or any of the simple pasta dishes on the daily-changing menu at Trattoria Fantoni (Via del Pratello 11). Carnival February Bologna locals flood out onto the streets to watch the carnival's colourful float parade thread its way through the city. It's a great time to be here if you want to witness local culture. Festival of San Luca May This local religious festival sees an effigy of San Luca paraded through the streets of Bologna and carried to San Pietro Cathedral by a colourful procession of priests. Angelica International Music Festival May-June One of Italy's biggest festivals dedicated to contemporary music, this annual event stages a vast programme of concerts in venues throughout the city. The wide-ranging variety of performances on offer takes in the full scope of modern music. Artelibro Festival September One for art lovers, the Artelibro Festival sees the galleries and design spaces of Bologna stage a series of special exhibitions across a four-day period. A programme of art lectures and events runs concurrently, and the city's main piazzas host huge art markets where you can purchase work from up-and-coming artists. Bologna Jazz Festival October/November This musical extravaganza attracts both big-name performers from across the world and up-and-coming musicians for a series of concerts which bring the wild rhythms of jazz onto Bologna's streets.

Events

Carnival February Bologna locals flood out onto the streets to watch the carnival's colourful float parade thread its way through the city. It's a great time to be here if you want to witness local culture. Festival of San Luca May This local religious festival sees an effigy of San Luca paraded through the streets of Bologna and carried to San Pietro Cathedral by a colourful procession of priests. Angelica International Music Festival May-June One of Italy's biggest festivals dedicated to contemporary music, this annual event stages a vast programme of concerts in venues throughout the city. The wide-ranging variety of performances on offer takes in the full scope of modern music. Artelibro Festival September One for art lovers, the Artelibro Festival sees the galleries and design spaces of Bologna stage a series of special exhibitions across a four-day period. A programme of art lectures and events runs concurrently, and the city's main piazzas host huge art markets where you can purchase work from up-and-coming artists. Bologna Jazz Festival October/November This musical extravaganza attracts both big-name performers from across the world and up-and-coming musicians for a series of concerts which bring the wild rhythms of jazz onto Bologna's streets.

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).

Essentials

  • Language

    Italian

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Time zone

    GMT +1

  • Flight time

    2 hours 30

  • Holiday type

    Sightseeing, Summer sun, City break

Weather

  • 31/10/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    17C max 4C min
  • 01/11/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    18C max 6C min
  • 02/11/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    19C max 7C min
  • 03/11/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    20C max 8C min
  • 04/11/2014 -

    Sunny skies

    20C max 11C min
  • 05/11/2014 -

    Partly cloudy skies

    20C max 12C min
  • 06/11/2014 -

    Light drizzle

    18C max 13C min
  • Jan
    -1°C max 7°C min
  • Feb
    10°C max 1°C min
  • Mar
    10°C max 5°C min
  • Apr
    17°C max 8°C min
  • May
    22°C max 12°C min
  • Jun
    22°C max 16°C min
  • Jul
    19°C max 19°C min
  • Aug
    30°C max 18°C min
  • Sep
    26°C max 15°C min
  • Oct
    19°C max 11°C min
  • Nov
    11°C max 4°C min
  • Dec
    6°C max 1°C min