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Bologna - Travel Tips

Bologna Travel Tips

Geography

After Venice, Bologna is a truly magical city and exudes a unique atmosphere, with its canal network, ancient arched bridges, charming squares and quaint churches. The city centre is startlingly medieval, a jumble of red brick, tiled roofs and balconies radiating out from the great central square of Piazza Maggiore. Bologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy, between the Po River and the Apennines.

Visas

Italy - along with Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain - form part of the border-free travel zone that are subject to the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of the USA, Israel, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand are eligible to enter Italy as tourists without a visa and stay up to 90 days. Passports will not be stamped upon entry, so the three-month concession can be interpreted with certain flexibility.

EU citizens require only a passport or ID card to stay or work in Italy for as long as they wish. They are, however, required to register with a Questura (Police station) if they take up residence and need to obtain a Permesso di soggiorno (Permission to remain for a nominated period).

If visitors are entering Bologna for studies or plan to remain for an extended period, insist on having the entry stamp. Without it, you could encounter problems when trying to obtain a Permesso di soggiorno. Non-EU citizens wanting to study at a university or language school must have a study visa. These can be obtained from your nearest Italian embassy or consulate.

Currency

The Euro (€) is made up of 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500.00 (Euro), €200.00 (Euro), €100.00 (Euro), €50.00 (Euro), €20.00 (Euro) and €5.00 (Euro). Coins in use are €2 (Euro) and 1(Euro), and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

Credit Cards

MasterCard, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted, as well as Eurocheque cards. It is highly recommended to inquire from your credit and debit card companies for merchant acceptability and other benefits that may be available.

Language

Next to Italian, English is widely spoken throughout the continent.

Tipping

Optional, but 10% is usually accepted. In Bologna, it is customary to give a tip for services received from waitresses / waiters, porters, hotel maids and taxi drivers.

Useful Numbers

International country code: 39
Telephone Area code: 051
Police 113
Ambulance 118
Fire 115

Health Risks

Bottled water is readily available and is preferable but tap water is also safe for consumption. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not good for drinking. Due to Bologna's stringent practices on hygiene and food safety, pasteurised milk, dairy products, local meats, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables have been proven clinically safe for consumption.

Echinococcosis, sandfly fever, West Nile virus, typhus and brucellosis outbreaks rarely occur. Rabies is a present threat. For additional information and clarification, inquire from your Bologna hotel before travelling.

Business Hours

Most businesses operate from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and12:30 pm and from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Some Italian firms indulge in a 2-hour lunch break and finish later, till 6:30 pm or 7:00 pm.

Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 1:30 pm and from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Government offices normally function from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to1:30 pm and from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Shopping centres operate from Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, although some may have shorter hours over the weekend.

Holidays

Most banks and government offices in the Bologna area are closed on the following official holidays. Listed below is a selection of Bologna's most popular annual events: some dates may vary each year. For more information about events in Bologna, consult local newspapers or contact your Bologna hotel.

New Year's Day 1st January

Epiphany 6th January

St Patrick's Day 17th March

Anniversary of Liberation 25th April

May Day 1st May

Assumption of the Virgin 15th August

San Petronio 4th October

All Saints' Day 1st November

Immaculate Conception 8th December

Christmas Day 25th December

St Stephen's Day 26th December

Clothing

Style-savvy, Italians are chic. Even people in small towns spend a great deal of money on their wardrobes and dress well at all times. Dress elegantly but conservatively. Jackets and ties are required in fine dining restaurants. Going too casual is not appreciated. Lightweight cottons and linens are favourites during summers, except in the mountains. Alpine wear is advised for winter mountain resorts.

Safety tips

Bologna is a relatively safe city. However, visitors should remember these common-sense tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit:

Avoid carrying lump sums of money and don’t let strangers see how much money you are carrying.

Keep a firm hold on purses and knapsacks, carry your wallet in your front pocket and avoid wearing expensive jewellery.

Stay awake when riding public transport and keep packages close by.

Always park your car in a well-lit area. Close windows, lock doors and place valuables in the trunk.





Hotels in Bologna, Italy

Best Western Hotel City

Best Western Hotel City

Via Magenta 10, Bologna, I-40128, Italy

Local attractions, events and activities 700 metres from train station 1 kilometre from fair district 1 kilometre from Palazzo Dei Congressi 2 kilometres from Piazza Maggiore 2 kilometres from Cathedral of San Pietro 2 kilometres...




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Best Western Hotel Maggiore

Best Western Hotel Maggiore

Via Emilia Ponente 62/3, Bologna, I-40133, Italy

The Best Western Hotel Maggiore is easily accessible from major highways, close to the Maggiore Hospital, 2 kilometres from the city centre, and 3 kilometres from the airport. Out of limited traffic zone, the hotel offers an American Bar, large car park and garage....




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Best Western Hotel Re Enzo

Best Western Hotel Re Enzo

Via S Croce 26, Bologna, I-40122, Italy

The Best Western Hotel Re Enzo is a first-class facility located in a quiet area within a 10-minute walk from the historical, commercial, and tourist centres of Bologna. This hotel is ideal if guests are traveling with a car since garage parking and easy motorway...




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Best Western Hotel San Donato

Best Western Hotel San Donato

Via Zamboni 16, Bologna, I-40126, Italy

With its prime position in the heart of the city, overlooking ?Le Due Torri? and a few steps from Piazza Maggiore, the Best Western Hotel San Donato, completely rennovated follwoing newest hospitality concept, offers well-appointed, spacious rooms and idyllic bar...




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Grand Hotel Majestic gi Baglioni

Grand Hotel Majestic gi Baglioni

Via Indipendenza 8, Bologna, 40121, Italy

Hotel Introduction The Grand Hotel Baglioni, member in full standing of Leading Hotels of the World, is a truly city getaway, designed for clientele in search of an elegant environment and a grand epoch hotel atmosphere offering exclusive,... more
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AC Hotel Bologna

AC Hotel Bologna

Sebastiano Serlio, 28 Bologna 40128

Nestled in the heart if this famous Italian city, the AC Hotel Bologna offers its guest a prime position, whether their visit is for business or leisure... more
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Art Hotels Commercianti

Art Hotels Commercianti

Via De' Pignattari 11, 40124 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionAntique first class hotel with 34 rooms located in the city centre adjoining Piazza Maggiore. Hotel offers lounge - use of personal computer - sitting room - elegantly furnished bedrooms and suites.Hotel Commercianti is an antique building... more
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Art Hotels Novecento

Art Hotels Novecento

Piazza Galileo 3/4, 40123 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionDesign first class hotel with 25 rooms located in the city centre near the Town Hall. Hotel offers good location-carparking-buffet breakfast-bar and beutifully designed bedrooms. Hotel Novecento was built in a Viennese Secession style... more
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Corona D Oro

Corona D Oro

Via Oberdan, 12 , 40126 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionHotel Corona D Oro is an elegant, firts class hotel. Just renovated, the hotel is centrally located, close to Piazza Maggiore. The hotel offers its guests breakfast room where delicious breakfast is served, bicycle rental, garage. The... more
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Golden Tulip Aemilia

Golden Tulip Aemilia

Via Zaccherini Alvisi 16, Bologna 40138, Italy

A brand new hotel centrally located in Bologna with easy access to the historical centre, the trade fair, station and airport. This modern hotel offers its clients a comfortable stay with high quality services and facilities, both for the working guest as well as the... more
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Hotel Executive

Hotel Executive

Via Ferrarese, 161, 40128 Bologna, Italy

Hotel IntroductionHotel Executive has a 4-star rating and is situated 1.5 km from the main railway station. All of its 56 air-conditioned rooms are elegantly decorated with modern furnishing. The rooms also come with equisitely-laid hardwood floorings and... more
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Hotel Internazionale

Hotel Internazionale

Via Indipendenza 60 Bologna 40121 Italy

The Hotel Internazionale, inside an Ancient palace, is located in the very heart of the historic centre of Bologna. more
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Hotel Molino Rosso

Hotel Molino Rosso

Via Selice 49, 40026 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionConstructed on the site of an ancient mill, the Hotel Molino Rosso is renowned for its exceptionally warm hospitality and superb facilities. Our experience as a first class hotel began some 25 years ago, in which time we have developed... more
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Royal Hotel Carlton

Royal Hotel Carlton

Via Montebello 8 Bologna 40121 Italy

The Royal Hotel Carlton, recently restored, is synonymous with hospitality and quality in Bologna. more
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Savoia Hotel

Savoia Hotel

Via San Donato 159/161, 40127 Bologna/ Italy

Hotel IntroductionComfortable first class hotel, located in the city centre near railway station. Hotel offers good central location , restaurant, buffet, business center featuring modern meeting rooms suitable for a variety of meetings. Guest rooms are... more
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Sofitel Bologna

Sofitel Bologna

Viale Pietramellara 59, 40121 Bologna, Italy

Situated around a big garden across the train station and close to the historic centre, Exhibition Centre and University Museum. 10 minutes from the airport. 244 rooms, 2 non-smoking floors. Local specialities at our restaurant. 4 meeting rooms for up to 80 people. Squash... more
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Starhotels Excelsior

Starhotels Excelsior

Viale Pietramellara 51, Bologna 40121, Italy

Following a complete renovation, the new four-star Starhotel Excelsior was born by joining two Starhotels: the Alexander and the Milano Excelsior, and is located just across from Bologna's train station, a short distance from the city center, two kilometers from... more
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Art Hotels Orologio

Art Hotels Orologio

Via IV Novembre 10, 40123 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionCompletely renovated standard class hotel with 34 rooms-located city centre in front of the City Hall. Hotel offers modern bedroom facilities-lounge-bar-meeting facilities-internet access and bike hire.Hotel Orologio was completely renovated... more
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Holiday Inn Bologna City

Holiday Inn Bologna City

Piazza della Costituzione 1, Bologna 40128, Italy

162 guest rooms 6 floors Pets allowed Underground garage features 120 parking spaces and cars can be parked at hourly and daily rates. The daily parking fee may vary from 11.00-18.00 Euro. Unattended out-door car park features 35 parking spaces,... more
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Holiday Inn Bologna-Via Emilia

Holiday Inn Bologna-Via Emilia

Via ME Lepido 203 / 214, Bologna 40132, Italy

The Holiday Inn Bologna-Via Emilia has four conference rooms: San Luca, Nettuno, Garisenda and Due Torri. The maximum capacity theatre style is 200 delegates. The easy access of the hotel, close to the airport and the main highway, makes the Holiday Inn Bologna-Via... more
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Hotel Holiday

Hotel Holiday

Via Bertiera 13, 40126 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionElegant first class hotel, located in a suburb of Bologna in Imola. The Hotel offers beautiful grounds-full sports and fitness centre-restaurant-large conference facilities and beautifully designed, equipped with all modern amenities rooms.... more
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Hotel San Felice

Hotel San Felice

Via Riva di Reno, 2, 40122 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionHotel San Felice is a charming, standard class hotel located in the city centre of Bologna. It is barely 5 minutes from the train station. The charming, 1960-built hotel was refurbished in 2002 and given an exquisitely modern touch. San... more
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Bologna-Fiera

Bologna-Fiera

Via Del Commercio Associato 3, Bologna, Italy

Hotel Description156 rooms, new built hotel. Sound proof, equipped with air conditioning with individual control, fast internet connection, satellite digital TV, direct telephone and Hair dryer.Accesible for disabled guests.Bar, Parking free of charge,... more
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