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2 Days in Bologna: A Perfect Itinerary for First Timers

Looking for a guide to a perfect 2 day Bologna itinerary that serves as a nice introduction to our favorite city in Italy? You’re in the right place – we LOVE Bologna, and think it’s a staple on any Italy itinerary for a couple of reasons. We’ve been to Bologna twice over the past few years, with plans to return in a few months. 

We think Bologna is worth including on a trip to Italy because it offers a different vibe than the other major cities in Italy – a big percentage of the population are students at the University, and the tourists tend to be Italian (or German – they’re everywhere!) – and it happens to be the best Italian city for foodies. 

We have two goals with this guide.

First, we want to use our experiences exploring Bologna (and Emilia-Romagna) to help you plan an amazing trip.

Second, we want to convince you to add a day or two in Bologna to your trip to Italy (we know there’s a lot to see in Italy, but we firmly believe Bologna is worth it!). 

In this guide, we’re going to cover everything you need to know to spend 2 days in Bologna. Along the way, we’ll cover our favorite things to do, see, eat, and drink in Bologna, important logistics that you should know before your trip, and more.

Throughout the guide, we’ll share our favorite finds and experiences in Bologna based on our trip to help you plan your unforgettable trip.

Sound good to you? Pack your stretchy pants and let’s get into it!

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Is Bologna Worth Visiting?

As we’ve already covered in the introduction, we might be Bologna’s biggest fans outside of Italy. Which begs the question around why we have this section here, given that we obviously believe it’s worth visiting. 

It goes back to our second reason for writing this guide – to convince you to add Bologna to your trip to Italy (which inevitably means cutting something else).

Which means we need to explain why Bologna is worth it over, say, an extra day or two in Rome or Florence (or a trip to Venice at all). 

As our friends will attest, we love Bologna as a city, and tell everyone we possibly can that they should include it on their trip to Italy, even if it’s their first visit. 

Bologna is different than most other cities on your standard “first time in Italy” itinerary. 

For one thing, it’s a nice contrast from places like Rome, Florence, and Venice, where it feels like it’s all tourists and zero residents as you’re walking around the streets in the center. In Bologna, the mix is more heavily tilted towards locals and, most noticeably, students. 

When we’re traveling, we like to strike a balance between the famous tourist destinations and lesser-known cities where people actually live. And, for us, Bologna fits pretty squarely in that second category. 

The other reason to visit Bologna is the food. 

Bologna is the best food city that we’ve been to in Italy, and it’s not particularly close in our minds. 

One of the most interesting parts about traveling to Italy is having our expectations about “Italian” food completely shattered.

Here in the US, Italian food (we now know that Italian–American food is an entirely separate thing) consists of heavy sauces with lots of garlic, garlic bread, and chicken parmigiana. 

The truth is that Italian food culture is vastly different from region to region, and depends a lot on the fresh ingredients available in close proximity. 

For example, in Sicily, you’ll find tons of fresh seafood because you’re on an island and are perpetually near the coast. In Tuscany, it’s olives, wild boar, and sheep cheese (pecorino) because those are the ingredients that are readily available. 

If you made us choose our favorite Italian food region, we’d choose Bologna. 

Here’s an exercise: write down your five favorite Italian ingredients (rather than dishes). If you’re anything like us, at least one of the things you wrote down comes from Bologna’s region, Emilia-Romagna. 

There’s a reason the city is known as “La Grassa” (“the fat one”). It’s about as close to heaven for foodies as you can get. 

The Emilia-Romagna region is the birthplace of countless Italian delicacies, including Prosciutto di Parma, Parmesan-Reggiano cheese, Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, and some great wines (we love lambrusco, a bubbly light red). And Bologna sits at the very heart of it all. 

The city is also the home of traditional Bolognese Ragù – which is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. 

It’s a far cry away from the Americanized Spaghetti Bolognese most of us know.

I don’t know about you, but my mom made it by browning ground beef and adding canned tomato sauce, which is definitely NOT how a nonna from Bologna would make it. 

For what it’s worth, we make it fairly often at home using this famous recipe , and it’s delicious every time. 

In short, yes, Bologna is well worth visiting, and there’s a reason we put it in our two week Italy itinerary over other, more famous destinations in Italy like the Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre. 

Is 2 Days in Bologna Enough?

While Bologna is a relatively compact city where you could probably see the highlights in a day, that’s not really the vibe that we think Bologna brings to the table as Italian cities go.

We think 2 days in Bologna is a good balance between spending enough time to really get to know the city and making sure you’re making the most of your time in Italy. 

It allows you to do AT LEAST one tour – potentially two, if you want to really dive deep into the food culture – and also ensures enough time to do the walk up to the Santuario Madonna di San Luca, the church on the hill that looks out over the city. Which, according to our friends who live in Bologna, is their favorite thing to do with visitors. 

There are also some great day trips deeper into Emilia-Romagna like Parma and Modena, that are worth an extra day on your itinerary if you have the time.

You could do Bologna as a day trip (we have a separate guide for spending one day in Bologna ), but you are going to miss out on some of the more interesting aspects that just don’t make sense with extremely limited time. 

For what it’s worth, we originally visited Bologna years ago on a day trip from Florence , only to find ourselves craving more.

The next year, we returned for a five day trip, which was a whirlwind of filled pastas, cured meats, and as much Bolognese as we could fit into that time. 

Where to Stay in Bologna

If you’re lucky enough to have an overnight stay in Bologna, you’re going to want to stay in Bologna’s city center. However, it’s a little more complicated than that, and there are two things to think about.

First, you want to be within a 5-10 minute walk of Piazza Maggiore , which is the beating heart of the city center and will be the centerpiece for many of the activities on your itinerary (just about everything, with the exception of San Luca, is about 10-15 minutes away from Piazza Maggiore). 

The other thing to consider here is street noise. Which we learned on our first two nights in Bologna when we stayed in a guesthouse right above a popular bar. 

Bologna is a university town – one of the oldest universities in the world, in fact – which means there’s a huge student population. On Friday and Saturday nights in particular, they get rowdy. And it can be loud. 

If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea (we’re with you!), we’d recommend avoiding the area northeast of Piazza Maggiore, which is the heart of University life in Bologna. 

We have an entire guide dedicated to helping you figure out where to stay in Bologna with FAR more detail. Here’s the basic summary.

Matt spent a few days in Bologna solo on his last trip to Italy, and stayed at Bibliò Rooms and Guesthouse . 

It’s essentially a small B&B that takes up one floor on a residential building about five minutes from Piazza Maggiore. The rooms are fairly spacious with comfortable beds and private bathrooms, and it’s a good home base for a few nights in Bologna. 

We also stayed at the Social Hub in Bologna , which is a hip, young-feeling hotel in Bolognina up near Bologna Centrale. 

While the location is further away from Bologna’s main attractions, it is a gorgeous hotel with all sorts of great amenities (a pool, a nice gym, a bar, an events calendar, and ping pong, to name a few).

Plus, it’s about five minutes on foot from the train station, so it’s convenient in that sense. 

I will say that it definitely has a younger vibe, and almost skews into hostel territory with its amenities and clientele.

If you’re looking for an apartment, look at Canonica Suites , which is where I kind of wish we had stayed. 

A Perfect 2 Day Bologna Itinerary for First Timers

Over the course of 2 days in Bologna, you’ll marvel at the architecture of Bologna, dive into the city’s role as a major University town and bastion of left wing politics, and, of course, indulge in the incredible bounty of different foods (and drinks) that Bologna and the rest of Emilia-Romagna bring to the table. 

Here’s an overview of the itinerary you’ll find below: 

  • Day 1 : An Introduction to Bologna (Piazza Maggiore, Quadrilatero, and a Walking Tour)
  • Day 2 : Churches, Porticoes, and a Foodie Adventure

Day 1: An Introduction to Bologna

Spend your first day in Bologna exploring the city center and its main tourist sites (to the extent that they exist in Bologna) to get a feel for the city before you dive deeper on the second day.

Begin your day by exploring some of the city’s key historic attractions, before grabbing a delicious lunch in the famous Quadrilatero district. 

In the afternoon, climb the iconic Asinelli Tower for views over the city, then end your day on a guided walking tour with a local.

But First, Coffee

There’s no better way to start a day in Italy than with some delicious locally brewed coffee. And Bologna is no exception. 

Finding good coffee anywhere in Italy is easy. You can’t go wrong with a strong espresso or milky cappuccino, which is served just about everywhere in Bologna. 

But finding a great specialty coffee can be a little more hit-and-miss. Fortunately, I (Matt, aka resident coffee geek) am known for putting in the time and research to hunt down bright and fruity coffee around the world.

My favorite coffee in Bologna came from Aroma Specialty Coffee , a cozy little cafe hidden within the porticoes a few minutes west of Piazza Maggiore.

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They offer a solid menu of Italian coffee roasters, as well as traditional coffee options and fun flavored drinks. There’s also a selection of freshly baked pastries and cakes available each morning for breakfast.

We went to Aroma multiple times during our stay in Bologna, including to buy a bag of beans from Gardelli , my favorite Italian roaster.

Explore Around Piazza Maggiore

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After you’re fueled up and caffeinated, head just a few minutes down the street to Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s main square and the beating heart of the city. 

The large piazza is the postcard image of Bologna and is home to many of its most impressive and important buildings, including the Palazzo d’Accursio (Municipal Palace) and the huge Basilica di San Petronio (which we’ll discuss more later).

Piazza Maggiore is also full of people at all hours. You’ll find many talented street performers in the square throughout the day, each surrounded by a small crowd, giving the area a fun and lively atmosphere. 

One of my favorite things to do in Piazza Maggiore is to simply sit on the steps of the church for a few minutes, basking in the sunshine and watching the world pass by. 

Here are a few places to focus on in the main piazza in Bologna. 

Fontana del Nettuno

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While exploring Piazza Maggiore, make sure not to miss the adjacent Piazza del Nettuno. The small connecting square is home to the famous 16th-century Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune).

The iconic fountain is surrounded by mermaids and cherubs and topped with a large bronze figure of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.

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So what’s so special about this particular fountain? 

Well, Bologna’s famous Neptune fountain holds several secrets. The first of which is a rather risqué optical illusion…

The fountain was commissioned to symbolize Pope Pius IV’s power at the time, as he ruled the land like Neptune ruled the seas. However, the Pope had his concerns about the statue and requested the artists make the nude God a little less indecent.

The artist, Giambologna, was annoyed by the church’s censorship but obliged anyway and got his revenge in secret. He sculpted the statue so that when it’s viewed from a particular angle, Neptune’s thumb makes the God appear particularly well-endowed.

You can see this optical illusion by standing on a black stone in the piazza behind the statue, which is known as ‘“the stone of shame” by locals.

Another, less crude, secret of the statue is that it inspired the logo of a very famous car manufacturer. Can you guess which one? 

Neptune’s trident inspired the Maserati brothers, who were originally from Bologna. It became the emblem for their first-ever car.

Over 100 years later, the 3 pronged trident remains the logo of one of the world’s most luxury car brands, Maserati.

Basilica di San Petronio

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Another of the most important landmarks around Piazza Maggiore is the monumental Basilica di San Petronio. 

Known for its half-finished marble facade, the huge 14th-century church is a beautiful example of Italian Gothic architecture and one of the city’s most important buildings.

But why is the exterior only partially finished?

Basically – and this is the very brief Drunk History version – Bologna tried to build a humongous church that would outshine all others in Italy, including The Vatican. 

Unsurprisingly, the Catholic Church did not support this idea and put an end to the construction, using some slightly underhanded tactics. This has resulted in the half-marble, half-brick façade being left unfinished for hundreds of years.

As well as admiring its unique façade, Basilica di San Petronio is also worth going inside to see. It’s free to visit the church. But you’ll need to pay €2 to take photos.

From inside, you can really appreciate the size and grandeur of the enormous church. Bologna had already managed to build a lot before construction was halted. 

There are 22 impressive chapels to explore and many priceless artworks. The Basilica also has the longest indoor meridian line in the world, at 67 meters long.

Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Pietro

The second, less imposing (but more important) church in Bologna is located just a short walk away down the city’s main avenue of Via dell’Indipendenza. 

Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Pietro may not be quite as large as Basilica di San Petronio, but it is the city’s official cathedral, so it’s definitely worth visiting too (plus, it’s free). 

The original cathedral dates back to the 10th-11th centuries but has been altered dramatically over the years. In the 1700s, a striking Baroque red brick facade was added, which is symbolic of Bologna. One of the city’s (many) nicknames is “La Rossa” (the red one).

The cathedral’s grand interior is also free to visit. Inside are many paintings by famous Italian artists, while the church museum is a treasure trove of important religious relics from the building’s 1,000 year history.  

You can also climb the cathedral’s bell tower, which at 70 meters high is the second tallest in the city. It costs €5 to climb to the summit and enjoy the amazing views from the top. 

Although, the hours are a little hit or miss and definitely not what they have posted – at least not when we were there.

Lunch in Quadrilatero

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By the time you’ve finished exploring Bologna’s historic highlights, you’ll probably have built up quite the appetite. So it’s finally time to dive into the city’s famous food scene.

For lunch, head to the Quadrilatero district, which sits just off Piazza Maggiore. 

This charming little neighborhood consists of many narrow pedestrian-only streets packed with countless market stalls, delis, shops, cafes, and restaurants. 

Not only are there plenty of great places to grab a tasty lunch, but you can also browse for edible souvenirs to take home with you. We find that food-related gifts are always the biggest hit among friends and family, and this is a good place to find them. 

You can’t go too wrong no matter where you choose to eat in Quadrilatero, but here are a few of our favorites for some guidance:

  • Zerocinquantino is a delightful little wine bar and restaurant known for its charcuterie plates (cured meats and cheeses) and freshly prepared sandwiches, piadina, and tigelle (traditional flatbreads from Emilia-Romagna). It’s perfect for those wanting a light, local lunch rather than a hearty meal. The bar is consistently bustling with both locals and tourists, so you may need to be assertive to get a table during peak lunch hours. 
  • Drogheria Gilberto , located nearby, is another wine bar and shop that we loved. They specialize in small plates, with a wide selection of Italian meats and cheeses. This spot may appeal more to adventurous eaters – when we inquired about one of the meats, the server cryptically replied, “You don’t want to know” before we pressed him into an answer. For those with a sweet tooth, the shop also has a fantastic assortment of Italian chocolates and sweets.
  • Tamburini is an iconic deli and wine bar (separate spaces that are right next to each other) that has been a beloved fixture in the Bologna food scene since it first opened in 1932. The bar has a nice assortment of Italian cured meats and cheeses, along with authentic Bolognese specialties and an array of homemade desserts. The shop is also a great spot to buy some locally packaged delicacies, including traditional cold cuts, cheeses, and regional wines (we discovered our favorite bottle of Lambrusco here).

Climbing the Asinelli Tower

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If you don’t manage to climb the bell tower of San Pietro in the morning, don’t worry. Your first stop after lunch is an even taller tower (the tallest in the city!) – the Torre degli Asinelli.

This is the first thing we ever did in Bologna.

We climbed the tower with our friends who lived in the city for a while but had somehow never gone up there (kind of like the Space Needle in Seattle – sometimes you just don’t do the touristy stuff until people come from out of town). 

During the Middle Ages, Bologna’s skyline was filled with many slender towers, serving both defensive and symbolic purposes for the wealthy families that commissioned them. 

Over the centuries, most of these towers were dismantled (or toppled over), leaving only a handful still standing today. Among them, “Le Due Torre” or “the two towers,” have become iconic parts of Bologna’s skyline.

Asinelli is the taller of the two at over 97 meters and is the tower you can climb for spectacular panoramic views over the city.

Neighboring Garisenda once stood at the same height, but had to be lowered to 47 meters due to its increasing lean. It’s even been nicknamed “the Leaning Tower of Bologna.” Despite the correction, you can no longer climb Garisenda.

To reach the top of Asinelli, you’ll need to climb 498 steep steps up a narrow wooden staircase that winds its way around the inside of the tower. It’s certainly not the easiest climb, but it’s worth it for the breathtaking views! 

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The tower costs €5 to climb. Due to the narrow staircase, only a limited number of people can climb the tower at a time, so it’s best to book your tickets in advance .

When booking, you’ll need to pick the time slot you plan on visiting.

Get Introduced to Bologna with a Walking Tour

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Finish your first afternoon with a guided walking tour of Bologna. On a walking tour, you’ll get to stroll around the city and learn more about Bologna’s long and fascinating history from a local.

Now, usually I recommend starting off with a walking tour, but the particular availability and schedule of the one we did and enjoyed didn’t work out in this case, so an afternoon tour it is!

We did this walking tour and it was a great introduction to the city with Addy, an extremely friendly guide who has lived in Bologna for many years after falling in love with it during his studies. 

A couple of stops on this tour will be places you’ve already visited, such as Piazza Maggiore.

But you’ll also discover many other areas of the city, including Bologna’s student quarters, the University of Bologna, Piazza Verdi, and the Jewish ghetto.

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A guided walking tour also allows you to ask a local anything you want. Whether you have questions about the city’s architecture and history or simply want to know where the best places to eat and drink are, this is your opportunity. 

Make the most of this time. The other people on your tour are sure to be interested in your questions too.

Dinner & Cremeria La Vecchia Stalla

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End your first day in Bologna with some delicious traditional Bolognese cuisine, featuring the likes of handmade pasta, complex ragus, and tasty filled pasta.

A few spots we’d recommend for dinner in Bologna:

Trattoria di Via Serra : A simple Italian Trattoria with cozy decor and a menu of freshly prepared homestyle Bolognese cuisine made with ingredients from small local producers. Open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday. The restaurant is small yet popular so it’s best to make a reservation in advance. 

Bottega al Pappagallo : A historic restaurant that opened in 1919 and has become famous for its high-quality, traditional, fresh pasta (especially the tortellini). Since 2022 the restaurant has turned its focus to take-away dishes. Not open on Sunday evenings. 

Noi at Mercato delle Erbe : A small spot selling tasty handmade pasta in Mercato delle Erbe, the largest covered market in Bologna. Also known for its Crescentina Fritte (aka Tigelle, or fried flatbread), and Polpette (meatballs). 

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If you have enough room left after dinner, head to Cremeria la Vecchia Stalla . Several locals recommended we visit here and it was a fantastic suggestion!

The ice cream shop has a huge variety of flavors to choose from, from more traditional flavors like pistachio and stracciatella to many unique and interesting flavor combinations.

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We also had a couple of glasses of wine sitting under the porticoes at Vineria Favalli , which is right across from the ice cream place. We loved sampling their delicious local wines (despite the slow service). 

For beer lovers, head around the corner to Birreria Popolare , which has a wide selection of local and imported beers (both from Italy and beyond). 

Obviously, as someone with Celiac Disease, my ability to eat and drink in Bologna is a little more complicated. So for more on where to eat and drink, I’d point you over to Coral at Curious Appetite (who also runs food tours in Bologna!).

Day 2: Churches, Porticoes, and a Foodie Adventure

Start your second day in Bologna with a stroll around the unusual Seven Churches Complex, before enjoying the best of Bologna’s world-class food scene with a local food tour or cooking class. 

Finish your afternoon by hiking through the porticoes up to Santuario Madonna di San Luca then heading to La Serre dei Giardini Margherita for a relaxing evening drink. 

Breakfast at Forno Brisa

For breakfast, head to Forno Brisa , a small chain of independent bakeries with 5 locations in Bologna. We visited their store on Via Galliera, which is a 10 minute walk (ish) from Piazza Maggiore.

The bakery sells handcrafted breads, delicious focaccia, freshly baked pastries, and – most importantly! – great specialty coffee.

Perfect for a quick breakfast before a busy day of exploring. You can grab something to go or sit at one of the small tables inside. 

Oh, and don’t forget to pick up one of their famous “fanculo la dieta” stickers (we’ll let you translate that one!).

The Complesso delle Sette Chiese

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After breakfast, head to the Complesso delle Sette Chiese (Complex of the Seven Churches), a unique religious compound that comprises a network of interlinked churches, chapels, courtyards, and crypts in central Bologna.

The many religious structures were constructed across multiple centuries and its origins and meaning remain a mystery.

One legend claims that the original structure was built by Bishop Petronius in the early 5th century.

He wanted something similar to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, with structures representing places in the Holy Land that recall the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Today the unusual complex is a popular tourist destination that you can enter for free to explore the different periods of Bologna’s history.

Around the complex, you’ll find evidence of Roman, Byzantine, Lombard, Ottonian, and Benedictine influence. There’s also a museum with frescoes, sculptures, and artworks from various eras.

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You can purchase a small guidebook explaining what you’re looking at for just €2.

We’d recommend getting it as signage in English is limited and it’s useful to know what you’re looking at – otherwise, you’ll be wandering around pretty aimlessly. 

Choose Your Own Adventure: Food Tour vs. Cooking Class

By this point you may be wondering – but what about all of the delicious food you’ve been raving about?

And yes, we admit, this Bologna itinerary hasn’t been that food-heavy… So far! But don’t worry, today is your opportunity to really dive deep into the city’s world-class culinary scene.

We believe there’s no better way to experience a city’s food scene than spending a few hours with a local and seeing it through their eyes. 

Taking a foodie experience with a local can help give you a deeper understanding of the connection between a city’s history, culture, and food.

Plus – most importantly – a local will take you to places to eat and drink that you would never normally discover on your own . 

Bearing that in mind, we have two suggestions for how to spend your second afternoon in Bologna; a local food tour or a local cooking class.

Take a Bologna Food Tour

There’s certainly no shortage of fantastic food tours in Bologna. 

This is the one we’d do . 

Unfortunately, we had to skip it as Matt has Celiac Disease and can’t eat gluten, which is present in basically everything that we would have eaten on the tour.

The 4-hour tour includes tastings of Balsamic vinegar of Modena and an aperitivo of cold meats, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Lambrusco – a delightful bubbly and light red wine native to Emilia-Romagna.

You’ll also enjoy 3 homemade pasta dishes for dinner, artisanal Italian gelato, and local natural wine tasting in an old enoteca.

Bologna Cooking Class

Another fantastic way to embrace Bologna’s world-class culinary scene is with a local cooking class.

We love cooking classes as a way to immerse ourselves in the food culture of a place we’re visiting. 

We’ve done them in Spain, Colombia, Mexico, and here at home in the US. 

Unfortunately, since Matt has Celiac Disease and can’t have even a crumb of gluten, Italy isn’t a great place to do that given the prevalence of pasta, pizza, and various breads (having made gluten free pizza and bread, we know that flour ends up EVERYWHERE).

But you should! 

This is the Bologna cooking class we’d choose if given the choice. Hosted by a local innkeeper, this small group class teaches you how to make two types of local pasta (tagliatelle and tortellini) and authentic Bolognese ragù in a traditional Italian kitchen.

You’ll also get to taste some local wines from the Emilia-Romagna region while enjoying your delicious homemade pasta.

Hike up to the Santuario Madonna di San Luca

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With the rest of your afternoon, work off your lunch with a leisurely walk up to the iconic Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca.

The grand baroque church sits on a hilltop above the city and is a popular pilgrimage spot among both locals and tourists. It offers some of the best views over Bologna, so you can take in the picturesque city from a different perspective.

To reach the church, you’ll need to walk through 666 porticoes (someone has a sense of humor) along a long winding walkway that leads from the edge of the city. At 3.8 km in length, the covered walkway is the longest of its kind in the world!

The full walk up takes around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your pace. Along the way, you’ll be treated to some spectacular views back towards Bologna and out over the hills surrounding the city. 

Once at the top, you’ll get the best view of them all, which is from the church’s large dome.

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Inside the church, you can also admire many historic artworks, including the sacred image of The Madonna of San Luca that gave the church its name.

If the full uphill walk is too much for you, another option is to take the tourist train either one way or both ways. 

The San Luca Express is a charming little tourist train that departs from Piazza Maggiore and travels through the city and up to the Sanctuary. A round ticket costs €12 per adult and €6 for kids, and includes an audio guide.

La Serre dei Giardini Margherita

End your day at the charming La Serre dei Giardini , a cool renovated greenhouse sitting within Giardini Margherita, Bologna’s largest and most popular park on the southern end of the city.

The greenhouse has been turned into a cool community gathering space, with an art gallery, event space, kids area, and restaurant.

The unique restaurant serves an all-day menu of delicious dishes using local seasonal produce. There’s also a great wine menu!

During the cooler months, you can sit inside the glass-roofed greenhouse. While on warmer summer evenings, grab an outdoor table and soak up the string-light-filled ambiance.

What to Do with More Time in Bologna

As we mentioned at the beginning of this itinerary, there’s no shortage of things to do and see to fill several more days in Bologna, ESPECIALLY if you include the rest of Emilia-Romagna. 

Our first recommendation would be to do whichever you didn’t do out of the cooking class and the food tour we mentioned above. Then, eat more tortellini, ragu, and cured meats, and drink more Lambrusco. 

Every extra day you spend in Bologna gives you another 24 hours to eat some of the best food in Italy. Make the most of every second of it!

Dive Deep into Parmigiano-Reggiano with Claudio

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If you want to learn even more about Italian cuisine, Bologna is a great base for exploring the many farms and producers of the Emilia-Romagna region, aka the food capital of Italy.

And this is our second STRONG recommendation for things to add to a visit to Bologna, but it didn’t make sense to fit it into the main itinerary above because it takes the better part of a day. 

We did this organized day trip to visit a cheese producer in Reggio Emilia on our last visit to Bologna and it was incredible.

We’d even go as far as saying it was the highlight of our recent trip to Italy. 

On the tour, we got to learn all about how the famous cheese from Reggio-Emilia (which most people know as Parmesan) is made. 

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We wandered around a working factory, saw the cows that produce the milk, and got to taste various aged cheeses, as well as some other products from Emilia-Romagna like balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, and Lambrusco.

And we even went home with a vacuum-packed 500g portion of local cheese (which will last until you get home in our experience).

The tour starts from Reggio Emilia AV Station, which you can easily reach from Bologna in just 22 minutes by high-speed train (or slightly longer by slower regional train).

Take a Day Trip to Verona 

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Located less than an hour away from Bologna by high speed train, Verona is another one of our favorite cities in Italy and a fantastic day trip destination.

One day in Verona is more than enough to see the city’s main attractions, including the huge Arena di Verona and hilltop Castel San Pietro. Plus you’ll still have time for a slow stroll along the Adige River and a glass of Prosecco in a beautiful piazza.

Verona is known as Italy’s “City of Love”, largely due to its connection to Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.

And while it’s certainly a romantic little city, we feel obligated to note that Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) is, quite possibly, the worst tourist attraction we’ve ever experienced.

Skip it. There are better ways to spend your day in Verona.

Take a Day Trip to Florence

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Another great day trip from Bologna is the iconic Tuscan capital of Florence, which sits just 35 minutes away by fast train.

While definitely a little (okay, a lot) busier than the likes of Bologna and Verona, Florence is a city that everyone should see at least once in their life. So why not use this opportunity to visit?

One day isn’t enough time to see everything Florence has to offer (2-3 days is better). However, you will still be able to see the main highlights within a day. 

With one day in Florence , it’s going to be a busy one. We’d suggest starting with the Galleria dell’Accademia (for Michelangelo’s David) and the Duomo in the morning, before moving on to the Uffizi Gallery in the afternoon.

Finally, end your day at Piazzale Michelangelo for amazing views over the Tuscan city, before jumping on the train back to Bologna.  

Catch a Bologna FC Match (Soccer / Football)

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If you’re a fan of football/soccer, don’t miss the chance to see a Bologna FC game at the team’s historic 100-year-old stadium, Renato Dall’Ara. We went to see Bologna play during our last visit. 

Bologna F.C. is currently in Italy’s Serie A, the country’s top division, which usually runs its season between late August and late May.

You can find a list of upcoming fixtures on the club’s website to see if there’s a game happening during your visit. 

Tickets can be purchased at the visitor center on Piazza Maggiore, where they’ll help you buy and print them (I tried to do it myself and failed, and they were super helpful).

The stadium is located on the outskirts of the city and can be reached by local bus in around 10 minutes from the center (although we walked, and it was easy enough). 

What to Do with Less Time in Bolonga

If you find yourself with less time, follow our one day Bologna itinerary , which compresses the above into one action (and food) packed day. 

With one day, we’d recommend spending your morning seeing the sights of Piazza Maggiore, including Basilica di San Petronio, and climbing the Asinelli Tower. 

Then use your afternoon to make the most of Bologna’s culinary scene on a food tour.

Getting Around Bologna

Like most smaller Italian cities, the best way to get around Bologna is by foot .

Bologna is a very walkable city. The majority of the main sites and attractions are located within 15-20 minutes of each other by foot. 

The porticoes (covered walkways), which are something Bologna is famous for, offer some much-needed protection from the sun or rain while you’re wandering around. 

We’d suggest doing the majority of the Bologna itinerary above on foot. But there is the option of using the bus (or tourist train) to reach some further out destinations such as the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca.

Bologna has a good public bus network, with numerous lines and routes around the city. You can tap your credit card on the contactless payment kiosk on the bus to ride. We used Google Maps to see the bus schedules (although they don’t always exactly line up with said schedule).

More information on taking the bus in Bologna can be found here . 

Getting to Bologna

Bologna is pretty easy to get to, whether you’re coming from inside of Italy (it’s arguably the most well-connected city in Italy) or from abroad. 

From Outside of Italy

If you’re coming to Bologna from outside of Italy and it’s your first or only stop in the country, you’re likely going to want to fly. 

If Bologna is a part of a broader Italy itinerary, then I’d suggest trying to fly into a different airport, like Rome or Milan, which is likely to have more flight connections. 

If you’re flying into Bologna directly, you’re probably going to be flying into Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) , the airport serving Bologna and broader Emilia-Romagna. 

It’s a small airport, but there are a few flights a day from most of the major hubs in Europe. If you’re coming from a smaller airport OR from outside of Europe, you’re going to have to make a connection. 

From Within Italy

If you’re coming from within Italy, you should take the train.

Bologna is a really unique city in terms of train connections because basically every long distance train runs through Bologna, which is a sort of crossroads in the middle of the country. 

Venice to Rome, Milan to Naples, and more all run right through Bologna, which makes it an excellent city in terms of connections to other places. 

When it comes to taking the train in Italy, you essentially have two options: regional trains (slower, but tickets are more flexible) and intercity trains (faster, more expensive, less flexible). 

If you have limited time, we’d strongly recommend booking an intercity train, which will save you hours of time, depending on the journey. 

You can book trains directly through Trenitalia , but you’ll need to know the Italian name of the train station (Bologna Centrale, in this case), which sometimes can be a little confusing. 

You do want to book these in advance if you can because there are discounts for booking earlier. The trade off is that you’re locked into that day and time, which doesn’t allow for a whole lot of flexibility. 

Here are some connection times from other main cities in Italy on the high speed trains: 

  • From Florence: 45 minutes
  • From Milan: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • From Venice: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • From Rome: 2 hours

Basically, you can get from Bologna to most major cities in central and northern Italy in two hours or less, which is excellent. 

Getting To / From the Airport

If you’re coming from outside of Italy, you’re probably going to be flying into Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) , the airport serving Bologna and broader Emilia-Romagna.

It’s a small airport and it’s relatively close to the city center. 

The best part about flying into this airport is the fact that there’s an above ground monorail that connects the terminal to the city center in roughly 8 minutes flat. 

It costs €17 round trip (€9.10 one way), and you can either buy tickets at the machines on the platform, or tap your credit card at the entrance gates, and tap off when you arrive on the other end. 

When you get off the plane and head to baggage claim, follow the signs for “train to city center.” There are two stops on the tram, you probably want to go all the way to Bologna Centrale, which is Bologna’s main train station. 

From there, you can either walk or catch a taxi to your hotel. 

You could also take a taxi from the airport, but it will take longer and will be significantly more expensive. Not a great choice unless you have way too many bags to carry, or a group of 4+. 

The Best Time to Visit Bologna

Both of our recent visits to Bologna were during the fall, which is our favorite time to travel to Italy in general. 

By visiting Bologna during the fall , you’ll miss the peak summer heat, which makes wandering around the city far more bearable. 

The weather is definitely still warm enough to spend your days exploring and even dining al fresco if you choose. Plus the crowds are decidedly thinner than during the school holidays of July and August.

Spring is also a good time to visit Bologna. The weather tends to be pleasant and sunny, and the city is livening up after the bleak winter. The winter rain can last well into March, so late April and May are better times to visit.

Bologna’s summers can get really hot. A little too much if you’re not used to it. The good news is that there are miles and miles of porticoes to shelter you from the sun, but the heat and humidity can still make it challenging to be out exploring in the middle of the day.

Winter , on the other hand, sees temperatures in Bologna drop drastically to around 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit and sometimes even lower at night. There’s also a chance of rainstorms and occasionally some snow.

The only real reason we’d suggest visiting Bologna in winter is for the festive celebrations in December.

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2 Days in Bologna – The Perfect Itinerary

Updated March 29, 2024

// By Margherita

After our one day in Bologna post, welcome to the sequel – the perfect itinerary for 2 days in Bologna!

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You’ve decided to spend two days in Bologna . Well, what can I say, what a great idea! Bologna is one of our favourite places in Italy , a city we visited countless times and we are always happy to return to. 

Why do we love it so much? For starters, there are plenty of non-touristy things to do in Bologna , and a variety of day trips you can take from the city, including to many small towns in Emilia-Romagna. 

It’s also a wonderful destination for food lovers (you knew that, right?), its porticoes are UNESCO-listed , and it’s close to a variety of wonderful itineraries for cycling lovers – like Ciclovia del Sole , a 40-km ride connecting offbeat towns along a former railway. 

Are two days in Bologna enough? 48 hours in Bologna are a good amount of time to get an idea of what to do in the city and enjoy sightseeing (and eating!) without having to rush too much. However, three days in Bologna would be even better!

Let’s have a look at some practical information on how to plan your two days in Bologna itinerary!

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Two Days in Bologna – Practical Info

Best time to visit bologna.

Bologna can be visited at any time during the year , with every season offering different experiences. Summers can be very hot and humid, and winter can be cold and foggy, but these are also the times when you’ll find fewer tourists and affordable prices on accommodation. 

Winter is also a good time to enjoy traditional Bolognese food , which tends to be quite hearty and meat-heavy. In August you’ll find the city virtually empty , as most locals head to the mountains or seaside for their holiday – it’s a good time to see sights and attractions with no crowds, but bars and restaurants are also often closed. 

Overall, spring and autumn are the best times to visit Bologna. The weather is usually dry and temperatures are mild, making it pleasant to walk around and explore.

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How to Get to Bologna

Italy has an excellent high-speed railway system , and Bologna is an intermediate stop on both the Milan-Rome  and the Venice-Rome lines. The train is by far and away the best and most convenient way to get to Bologna , and to travel around Italy if you are sticking to the main cities.

It’s very easy to buy your own train tickets in advance on the Trenitalia  or  Italo websites – book in advance for the best fares. Tickets go for sale about 4/5 months before the date of travel. Travel times from other Italian cities are as follows:

  • Milan:  1 hour
  • Venice:  1.30 hours
  • Florence:  1 hour
  • Rome:  2/2.30 hours

How to Get Around Bologna

All the places mentioned in this 2 days in Bologna itinerary can be reached on foot. If you don’t feel like walking up to San Luca, you can take the tourist train (on wheels) – here you can find more info on tickets and timetables. 

There’s no need to rent a car while in Bologna, and actually, it would be a hassle as most of the city centre is car-free. If you’re on a northern Italy road trip , make sure to book accommodation that includes parking! 

Is Bologna Safe?

In short? Yes, Bologna is as safe as any other Italian city. There are some seedy areas, especially around the station, and petty crime does occur especially in crowded places, but there’s no need to panic. Just exercise caution, don’t leave your things unattended, and you’ll be fine. 

Bologna also has a large university population and you may come across some rowdy nights out, especially in the University area. If that is your scene, go for it! Otherwise, plan to stay and have dinner elsewhere to avoid party noises. 

2 Days in Bologna – Day 1  

Day 1 in bologna – morning, a tour of piazza maggiore.

Piazza Maggiore is Bologna’s main square. Although it is often overlooked in favour of other Italian squares, Piazza Maggiore offers a spectacular view, thanks to its incredible width. It almost looks like the sky is opening up, leading viewers to the majestic Basilica of San Petronio , with its unfinished façade looming over the entire square.

Piazza Maggiore is also home to the Palazzo Comunale , which dates back to 1290 and whose courtyard has been opened to the public. On weekends, numerous events are organized in Piazza Maggiore , especially in the warmer months of the year, during which the square becomes a stage for street performers and musicians, some of whom have become true “characters” of Bologna’s urban folklore.

Also, don’t forget to check out nearby Piazza del Nettuno , and spend a few minutes admiring the fountain of the same name , built in the 16th century and recently renovated.  

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Walk along Via Rizzoli, up to the Two Towers

From Piazza Maggiore, you can walk down Via Rizzoli in the direction of the Asinelli and Garisenda Towers . An undisputed symbol of Bologna and a focal point of the historic centre where all the main streets converge, the Asinelli and Garisenda towers are among the few left standing in the entire city.

Like other medieval Italian cities ( San Gimignano in Tuscany comes to mind), Bologna in the past was characterized by the presence of numerous towers , built by important families to show off their power. The Asinelli Tower stands out, as it is the taller of the two, 97.20 meters high, with 498 steps leading to the top.

If you visit Bologna during spring or summer, you may consider tackling the stairway. It is a bit tiring, but you’ll be rewarded with a great view of the entire historic center and the surrounding hills. The Garisenda Tower , on the other hand, has been “halved” after suffering several structural collapses. If you look at it from Via Zamboni, you can see the impressive slope of the tower.

Day 1 in Bologna – Afternoon

Archiginnasio of bologna.

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The centre of Bologna is full of beautiful historic buildings , some of which are open to the public and can be visited. Among them, the Archiginnasio di Bologna in Piazza Galvani (behind Piazza Maggiore), is one of the most famous.

It was built in the 16th century to create a single place for university lessons, which just as it is today, was shared between several faculties throughout the city. The building has a central courtyard with 30 arches , under which it is possible to admire coats of arms and paintings.

On the upper floor you will find the Stabat Mater Hall , used for reading, featuring an impressive collection of coats of arms. Another must-see room is the Anatomical Theater , designed in the 17th century to house anatomy classes. It is made entirely out of wood, with an anatomical table in the centre and benches where students sat to attend classes.  

Visiting Via Zamboni: the university street

To the left of the Garisenda Tower (if you come from Via Rizzoli), you will find the famous (or infamous, depending on the point of view) Via Zamboni , the university street. Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna is the oldest university in the world , still active, thanks to a wide choice of faculties and specializations.

Aside from studying, many young people choose Bologna for its many cultural and entertainment opportunities . The university is also linked to many political movements, so don’t mind the occasional rally, since they are absolutely peaceful. Via Zamboni is the symbol of Bologna’s university life , with historic faculties such as Law, as well as many of the city’s most famous clubs and pubs.

Halfway down Via Zamboni, you’ll find Piazza Verdi , overlooked by the Teatro Comunale. In the evening, Piazza Verdi becomes the common gathering place for students who spread out to the clubs on Via Petroni and Via delle Moline , two other streets in the university area famous for their nightlife.  

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Day 1 in Bologna – Evening

Dive into bologna’s night life.

On your first day of visiting Bologna, you will probably still be full of energy. If so, then you may want to find a place to have a good beer , a wine glass or maybe a cocktail, while listening to live music. Bologna and music have always had a good relationship, although in recent years many venues and music pubs were forced to close , due to the economic crisis. 

Some remain, like Circolo DEV on Via Capo di Lucca, which is especially recommended if you love alternative music and want to try some great vegan burgers. Otherwise, Bravo Caffè on Via Mascarella is one of the most renowned venues in Bologna, where you can enjoy jazz concerts by world-famous artists while sipping great wine or cocktails.

For an aperitivo, you can try Lab 16 and Caffè Zamboni on Via Zamboni, or the elegant venue Le Stanze on Via delle Moline.  

2 Days in Bologna – Day 2

Day 2 in bologna – morning, visit san luca.

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No visit to Bologna is complete without visiting the Sanctuary of San Luca. Known simply as “San Luca”, this shrine is especially beloved by locals. The steps leading to the sanctuary are covered by 666 arches – the symbolic number represents the Devil in the form of a snake, defeated by the Madonna of San Luca.

Although it is possible to get to the top of San Luca by car, tourist train or taxi, I recommend getting there on foot , as the climb under the porticoes is pretty impressive. By the way, if you are feeling particularly athletic, you can even run! There are plenty of people who do that every weekend.

You can climb to San Luca from Via Saragozza , perhaps coming directly from the center and passing through the gate of the same name, which is also one of the most beautiful and best preserved of the Bologna’s gates. Once you get to the top of San Luca, you can enjoy a truly spectacular sight, with a 180-degree view of the city.  

The narrow streets of the Quadrilatero

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Head back to Piazza Maggiore to enter the so-called Quadrilatero of Bologna , the area of the old market. In recent years, the Quadrilatero has become one of the most visited places in all of Bologna , especially by tourists looking for gastronomic products and perhaps a table to sit at and try some typical Bolognese cuisine.

Before the explosion of tourism in Bologna in the last decade, the Quadrilatero was visited exclusively by locals who lived in the center, which loved to wander the narrow streets and buy food in their favorite local stores. Some of these stores have practically turned into restaurants, ready to welcome tourists.

In general, restaurants in the Quadrilatero offer platters of cold cuts and cheeses with small breads known as tigelle or crescentine , served directly at outdoor tables. The food is of excellent quality, but if you want to avoid the crowds, visit the Quadrilatero just to take a stroll through its quaint little streets.  

Day 2 in Bologna – Afternoon

Palazzo poggi and its unique exhibitions.

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University students know Palazzo Poggi simply by its civic number: the 33 . Located on Via Zamboni, Palazzo Poggi dates back to the 16th century and still houses the headquarters of the University of Bologna.

In addition to its historical importance, Palazzo Poggi turns out to be a very interesting place to visit , as it houses the collection of the Institute of Sciences , divided into several thematic rooms and exhibitions. Among them, there are two important exhibitions, one dedicated to human anatomy and the other to obstetrics , with wax figurines and replicas made for the scientific community in the 18th century.

The natural history museum hall exhibits various materials divided between geology, paleontology, and zoology, all in an authentic setting. Also notable is the room dedicated to art from the Far East , where you can admire prints by Japanese Ukiyo-e artists such as Kunisada, Hiroshige, and Kuniyoshi.

Shopping between Via Indipendenza and Via Farini

You can’t spend 2 days in Bologna without doing some shopping , so you might consider taking a stroll down Via Indipendenza, one of the city’s most important streets together with Via Rizzoli and Via Ugo Bassi.

Via Indipendenza is the city’s shopping street, with clothing stores of the most famous brands. You can go as far as Piazza VIII Agosto , where the Montagnola market is held on weekends , and maybe have a look at the various stands to find something of your taste.

For luxury shops , you’ll have to go to Via Farini , where you’ll find the Galleria Cavour, home to shops owned by brands such as Armani, Fendi and Louis Vuitton. If you want to get some gastronomic souvenirs , then you should go back to the Quadrilatero.  

Day 2 in Bologna – Evening

A nice dinner in a trattoria.

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When it comes to food, Bologna really has a lot to offer, in fact it is no coincidence that many call it the capital of Italian gastronomy. Of course, Bologna’s cuisine is not among the “lightest” in the country, but it is certainly one of the tastiest.

Are you wondering where you can go to try a good lasagna, or a nice plate of tagliatelle al ragù? Well, I can recommend Osteria Bottega in Via Santa Caterina 51, near Porta Saragozza. Alternatively, if you prefer a more youthful environment, then head to Osteria dell’Orsa , near the university area. Also in the university area, more precisely on Via delle Moline, you can find two excellent trattorias, namely Montanara and Il Rosso , the latter particularly famous for its Cotoletta alla Petroniana.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to stay closer to Piazza Maggiore and the Towers, then you can book a place at Cà Pelletti on Via Altabella, which among other things also offers an excellent selection of desserts. Alternatively, right in front of the Two Towers you will find Bottega Portici , which specializes in making handmade tortellini to enjoy at the table, or to take away.  

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The Ultimate 2 Days in Bologna Itinerary (+Travel Tips!)

Such a charming city is an underrated gem of Italy, full of incredible secrets. Its vibrant atmosphere and medieval architecture are sufficient reasons to visit Bologna .

Surprising you at every corner, you should spend at least 2 days in Bologna, but you could easily stay longer, yet it’s one of the most underrated weekend breaks in Italy .

The historical soul of Bologna offers a fantastic ambiance, and with the rich food culture this city offers I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

The long arcades that shape the city create Bologna’s unique character. Entitled as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these arcades or porticos make Bologna a pleasant city to visit in any type of weather.

Discover the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in this detailed two days in Bologna itinerary.

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How to get to Bologna

It’s easy to reach Bologna because of its central position in Northern Italy. Located only 2 hours by train from the famous Florence (even shorter with the fast train), it’s easy to go on a day trip from Florence to Bologna too.

Though the Venice Marco Polo Airport is more popular, Bologna has its own airport. Sometimes the European flights are even cheaper to Bologna Airport, than to Venice or Milan.

Bologna’s G. Marconi International Airport is located about 30 minutes from the city center.

Once at Bologna Airport, you can reach the central train station by Aerobus. Having departures every 11 minutes from 5:30 AM, it’s pretty convenient to get to the city center from the airport. The price of the Aerobus is 6€.

Marconi Express is a quicker way to get to central Bologna as the newest way of transport. In less than eight minutes you can be at the main train station.

Being active from 5:40 a.m. till midnight, the train runs every 7 minutes during the peak hours. The return ticket costs 17€.

If you’re already in Italy, the easiest way to reach Bologna is by train. Trains in Italy are very affordable so on the shorter routes you can buy the ticket at the last moment. Check the availability and departure times here.

From the railway station, you’ll need only 20 minutes to walk to the historic center of Bologna.


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How to get around Bologna in 2 days

The best way to explore Bologna is on foot, that’s why I recommend staying in the city center. It’s enjoyable to walk under the covered arcades in the medieval ambiance.

If you’re staying outside of the city center, Bologna has an efficient bus network. TPER is the name of the local bus company, which runs the daily service from 6:30 to 23:00.

The tickets are available at newspaper stands, Tabaccaios, or directly on the bus. Upon validating your ticket, it’s valid through multiple journeys within a 75-minute period.

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The best time to visit Bologna for 2 days

Though the warmer months from April to October are the most attractive, Bologna is a lovely place to visit all year round.

July and August hold the higher temperatures so if you can plan your trip outside these months, you will have a more pleasant time.

Rather choose the spring or autumn time. The outdoor events and concerts in spring make the city specifically vibrant.

Enjoying the free films during the festival “Sotto le Stelle del cinema“ is a popular event in summer at the main square and a fun way of spending the evenings during a weekend in Bologna.

But Bologna in winter is also a lovely and festive time to visit. Especially December in Bologna is a fabulous time to explore the Christmas market and festive winter atmosphere.

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Where to stay in Bologna in two days

The most convenient way to explore Bologna is to stay within the city walls. Being within walking distance from Piazza Maggiore is the best solution to be close to all the attractions.

Alternatively, the distance from the train station also matters if you’ll be doing day trips from Bologna . In any case, I honestly recommend staying more than 2 days in Bologna so that you also get time to explore the surrounding towns.

Following, I’ll give you some recommendations for hotels for different budgets.

LUXURY – Grand Hotel Majestic Gia’ Baglioni – a 5-star hotel that bursts with elegance within the 18th-century palace. Located only 250 meters from Piazza Maggiore, you’ll enjoy the medieval atmosphere within the antique interior and unique frescoes. It includes a spa and wellness center, private parking and garage (covering extra costs) and an excellent restaurant. MID-RANGE – Hotel Corona d’Oro – a fabulous 4-star hotel, very close to Piazza Maggiore. Except for the cozy rooms, the hotel has gorgeous decor. Rich breakfast, private parking (at extra charge) and free bikes are available. BUDGET – Hotel Marconi Express holds pleasant rooms near the train station and Montagola Park. HOSTEL – Dopa Hostel – your ultimate choice in Bologna, conveniently lying in the University area and only 10 minutes from Piazza Maggiore. Its specialty is handmade furniture while you can enjoy a common kitchen and free breakfast.

Day 1 – Two days in Bologna itinerary

Though 48 hours in Bologna goes quickly, it’s the perfect amount of time to experience the city in its full charm.

Bologna’s nickname “La Rossa, la Grassa, la Dossa“ (The Red, The Fat, and The Learned) picturesquely describes the essence of the city.

It honors the oldest university in the Western world, its culinary heritage, and its terracotta roofs.

Now, let’s dive into your Bologna 2 day itinerary to explore the best things to do in Bologna on a weekend.

bologna 2 day itinerary

Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore is the vibrant heart of Bologna, one of the largest and oldest squares in the country, and a prominent landmark in Italy .

Simply strolling around and absorbing the historical heritage will unveil the medieval shine of Bologna. It will also uncover the lively atmosphere while you admire the impressive buildings.

Elegant cafe bars surround the main square of Bologna making it a lovely place for people watching.

The fantastic architecture of Piazza Maggiore includes Pallazo d’Accursio, the Palazzo del Podesta, the Basilica di San Petronio, and the Palazzo Comunale.

Adjacent to Piazza Maggiore lies the Piazza Nettuno with the marvelous Fountain of Neptune.

The Basilica of San Petronio, dating back to 1390, is an unfinished but magnificent edifice worth visiting.

The open-air concerts enrich the atmosphere during the special celebrations.

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Porticos of Bologna

The endless porticos of Bologna are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and create the stunning design of the city.

Their fascinating story starts in the late Middle Ages as a way to create additional living space. Porticos also served as the extended threshold of the University in the past.

Only in the historic center, you can find 40 km of the arched walkways. Each one represents a unique story with their paintings and frescos.

A guided walking tour is the best way to understand their beauty and meaning.

The original wooden porticoes in Via Marsala and porticoes in Piazza Cavour are among the most fascinating. The longest portico in Bologna is the one that leads to Santuario di Madonna di San Luca.

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While exploring the porticos, you’ll come across several cafés and trattorias where you can grab some lunch.

Whether you prefer to get a sandwich or a pizza to go and eat on a bench in one of the Piazza’s or you want to eat pasta accompanied by good wine in a restaurant, you will find it in Bologna.

Some vegan joints you might want to try on your Bologna weekend break are Botanica Lab , Canape Incontro , and for takeaway pizza slices, Pizzartist offers multiple options without meat and cheese.

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Fountain of Neptune

The symbol of Bologna, the Fountain of Neptune, is an exquisite answer to the ones in Rome . Dating back to 1565, it was an artwork of the Flemish sculptor Giambologna.

It depicts the naked Neptune around the lactating mermaids and thus creates the sexual controversy from the beginning.

Created from marble and bronze, the Neptune Fountain symbolizes the power of the Pope, just like Neptune was the God of the seas.

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Climb the Assineli Tower- the best view of the city

Two towers that dominate Bologna’s skyline are the leaning towers, taller than in Pisa. Asinelli and Garisenda towers took the name of the Italian families, responsible for their construction in the 11th century.

The view that sparkles from Asinelli Tower shows the marvelous shine of Bologna, especially during the sunset.

Once there were 180 towers in the city, but today only 20 stand. At the end of Via Rizzoli, you can experience the power of the rich families by climbing the Asinelli tower.


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Find La Finestrella

The secret canals of Bologna unveil the time of the Middle Ages when they served industrial purposes. La Finestrella is the most popular spot to catch the surprising canal view, though Bologna hides several others.

On Via Piella you’ll find la Finestrella (“window“ in Italian) and the picturesque canal Reno. This sweet little window is almost unrecognizable, but you’ll see the sign on the wall.

La Finestrella is located next to Trattoria dal Biassanot and sometimes long queues of people come along. Yet, it should be on any list of what to do in Bologna for 2 days.

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Dinner in the historic center

In the evening, go for a stroll in the historic center and find a restaurant for dinner whenever you feel hungry. There are plenty of great restaurants for every palate.

Besides, the evening vibe in Bologna is fabulous!

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Visit the markets.

Start your day by absorbing the pure local spirit and visiting the markets will fill all your senses.

Quadrilatero is the oldest market in Bologna, next to the  Piazza Maggiore. Since the Middle Ages, Quadrilatero gathered a panorama of culinary activities.

All kinds of local products from freshly made pasta to various cheeses and wine take a rule here.

Colorful and vibrant, it’s where the greengrocers intertwine with artisanal bakeries. Relaxing in the small cafe bars brings plenty of energy for a new day.

Mercato delle Erbe has been the largest covered market in Bologna, ever since 1910. It’s where you’ll find gorgeous restaurants and rich food stalls.

Mercato di Mezzo, inside the bustling Quadrilatero, offers a stunning break for a quick snack. Finally, Mercato Ritrovato is a paradise to find local products from the Bologna countryside.

Visiting the markets is a great way to slow down when exploring Bologna in two days and the perfect opportunity to pick out some fresh food to have for lunch in the park later.

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Discover the parks of Bologna

A stroll through the city’s green spaces is a great way to continue your Bologna weekend trip.

Montagnola Park will welcome you shortly after coming from the train station in an elegant manner. It’s the oldest park in the city, where people enjoy concerts and summer events.

The original design belongs to the Napoleonic area and thus the French style prevails. The name Montagnola took inspiration due to its hilly shape.

The impressive staircase, which serves as an entrance, shows the history of Bologna. The lovely fountain once belonged to the Margherita Gardens.

Margherita Gardens is the most popular park in Bologna, lying south of the historic center. Strolling around the small lake, it becomes vibrant during the night with the live music.

Kilowatt at its western corners is a multi-functional space, which hosts a restaurant, a vegetable garden, co-working facilities, and more.

This is truly at the top of the list of what to see in Bologna in 2 days.

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Visit the famous Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca

Next on your Bologna Italy itinerary, head to the marvelous Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca.

Either taking a long walk or the tourist train San Luca Express, you can marvel at the stunning views of Bologna. The icon of the Virgin Mary is the highlight of this church.

The stunning interior awaits with beautiful frescoes from famous Italian painters like Creti, Reni, Pestrini, and others.

The observation deck requires a ticket and leads to the gorgeous views through a narrow spiral staircase.

Coming by foot involves the longest porticoes in the world- Portico di San Luca. This is a great way to round off any Bologna 48 hours trip with such epic views.


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Other secrets of Bologna

Not only does Bologna hide its picturesque canals, but the network of other secrets worth exploring when visiting Bologna in 2 days.

  • The echo effect at Piazza Maggiore is known as the “wireless phone“. Communicating from one corner to another creates so much fun at the archway of Palazzo del Podestà.
  • One of the archways in Via Independencia honors the historical meaning of cannabis with the phrase “Cannabis Protectio“.
  • Beyond the stunning view of the Asinelli Tower, you’ll also see a broken vase.
  • It might be difficult, but seeing three arrows in the courtyard of Corte Isolani will unveil the murder legend.
  • The ancient University of Bologna holds an interesting piece of wisdom. The Latin phrase “panun resis“ means that knowledge is the basis of every choice.

These secrets of Bologna cover the mysterious history of the city.

If you have more than two days in Bologna

If you have more than 2 days in Bologna Italy, there is plenty to do nearby the city too.

Bologna is surrounded by cute, medieval towns and villages, which shine with the tranquil entice. One of them is the  painted village of Dozza , close to Imola, and is well worth the visit.

Though  Abano and MontegrottoTerme  are closer to Venice, you will also have a recharging day trip from Bologna. Burano Island is a fantastic idea if you want to have a slice of Venetian magic.

Reflections on a 2 day Bologna itinerary

Bologna is a marvelous city that lives under its medieval shell. In Bologna, 2 days are enough to experience its historical spirit and the most significant sights.

You will still have the time to absorb the relaxing rhythm of its parks on your Bologna itinerary. 2 days of the vibrant atmosphere of the city will immerse you in a desire to come back soon.

Happy travels!

AUTHOR BIO: Gabi Zec is a travel enthusiast from Croatia, a poetic soul passionate about writing. Her blog, Under Flowery Sky, focuses on the outdoors, gardens, and mountains. She also loves photography.

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The Perfect 2 to 3 Days in Bologna Itinerary

Last Updated on February 13, 2024

by Olivia Ellis

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Planning a 2 to 3 days in Bologna itinerary is a joy if you happen to be visiting Northern Italy. As one of the most beloved food destinations internationally, Bologna is an ideal city to visit on any Italy itinerary . With a rich history, Bologna holds a title as one of Europe’s cultural capitals and the unique, beautiful, and delicious discoveries are endless. 

Spending a bit of time in Bologna will allow you to find yourself surrounded by one of the most beautiful and delicious Italian cities. From fresh tortellini to the quintessential red rooftops, Bologna is a strong contender if you’re looking for a destination off the beaten path in Italy.

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How Many Days in Bologna?

With any Italian city less known than places such as Rome or Florence , it can be hard to know how long to plan to stay during your visit, and in this case, how many days to spend in Bologna. 

Bologna is a fairly compact city, with the majority of the main tourist spots in the pin-pointed center. Because of this, Bologna is a fairly easy city to explore in one day if you’re hoping to have a few traditional Bolognese meals and see the main sights in the city.

If you’re hoping to move at a slower pace and explore areas out of the center and get a better feel for “the red city”, 2 days in Bologna is an acceptable amount of time. 

For travelers hoping to maybe go on a day trip and do the city of Bologna justice on a deeper level, I recommend spending 3 days in Bologna. 

View of Bologna

Getting To & Around Bologna

Bologna is in an ideal location, sitting just a few hours away from most major Italian cities by train including Venice , Florence and Milan .

The Bologna central train station (Bologna Centrale) is located in the center of the city and you’ll find regular routes connecting Bologna to the rest of Italy either by regional, intercity, or high-speed rail services. You can view train schedules here .

If you’re hoping to save money, you can take a bus from other cities or even nearby countries. Flixbus is a great option as they offer routes throughout most of the country, as well as low-cost fares. You can view bus schedules here.

For visitors reaching Bologna by air, Bologna’s Guglielmo Marconi Airport is located 7.5 km from the city center. The airport offers flights to/from other major Italian cities as well as international destinations and even seasonal North American routes.

For easy transportation from the airport to the city, take the Marconi Express for a journey of 7 minutes with trains running frequently. You can also book a private transfer.

Due to the small size of Bologna’s city center, it’s a fairly easy city to get around on foot. It’s also an incredibly enchanting city to wander around so I highly suggest walking the city if it’s an option for you.

Otherwise, Bologna has a great bus network connecting the city. Single tickets cost €1.50, last for 75 minutes, and can be purchased at tobacco shops.

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2 to 3-Day Bologna Itinerary

Whether you’re someone who’s been drawn to Bologna either for its food, architecture, or history, or you’re looking for a unique Italian destination to visit, you’ll quickly find Bologna is a true gem.

This itinerary for Bologna will bring you through the historic center, into the delicious food culture, as well as through the oldest university in the world.

Day 1 – Bologna Historic Center 

The ideal spot to begin your time in Bologna is the historic center. Here in the heart of the Emilia Romagna region , there’s no better place to enjoy your time in Bologna. 

Wandering the historic center while marveling at the city’s architectural delights dating back centuries is a true joy. One of the quintessential traits of Bologna’s historic center and the urban landscape is the city’s “portici”.

These covered walkways spread throughout the city are a UNESCO World Heritage site themself and have sheltered locals and visitors from the weather since the 11th and 12th centuries.

Discovering Bologna through its traditional cobblestoned streets and quintessential red terracotta buildings lining the city will undoubtedly make you fall in love with this Northern Italian city. 

Basilica di San Petronio

Walking Tour in Bologna

If you want to get your bearings and gain a historical context of Bologna as you begin exploring, I recommend taking part in a tour of the city. You will not only be able to take in historic sites, but you can also see some hidden gems (such as the Archiginnasio Canal) or learn about the city’s culinary tradition.

There are a number of tour options including this walking tour of the historical centre and this food tour to learn more about the delicious cuisine. There’s an abundance of tours in the city of Bologna to give you a deeper insight and perspective on various aspects of this rich and tasty Northern Italian city. 

Piazza Maggiore 

In the heart of Bologna, you’ll find the most iconic Piazza in the city, Piazza Maggiore. Lined with Medieval and Renaissance buildings, Piazza Maggiore is where much of the action happens in the city, whether it’s locals coming and going during the day, or sharing a conversation and drink with friends in the evening.

There are numerous cafes and restaurants throughout the piazza, making it a great spot to enjoy a coffee and prepare for your day in Bologna.

Among other important landmarks in Piazza Maggiore, a must-visit spot in the square is the Saint Petronio Church (the Basilica di San Petronio). The Saint Petronio Church is one the largest churches in Italy and a prime example of Gothic architecture.

Upon entering the church you’ll find a striking and impressive facade with delicate glass stained windows, a medieval sundial, and incredibly intricate art and sculptures. Visits to the church are free unless you’d like to visit the panoramic terrace, which is ticketed.

And if you want to visit a great museum, head to the Palazzo d’Accursio which was once the town hall building but now functions as an art museum.

You can also venture over to the ornate and beautiful Fontana del Nettuno – or the Fountain of Neptune. This fountain depicts the Roman god of the sea – Neptune – and is worth seeing.

Piazza Maggiore in Bologna

The Two Towers of Bologna

About a pleasant 5-10 minute walk from Piazza Maggiore through the Quadrilatero district, you’ll come across one of the most famous and well-recognised monuments in Bologna, the Two Towers or “le Due Torri”.

The Torre degli Asinelli and The Torre Garisenda are a pair of Medieval towers located in the heart of Bologna’s city center built in the 12th century by Noble families as status symbols, as well as in the hopes of protecting themselves from outside forces. Throughout history, there have been over 100 towers in the city of Bologna, with just these two still existing today. 

While the Garisenda Tower is closed to visitors for safety reasons, it’s possible to climb the 498 steps to the top of the Asinelli tower for incredibly picturesque panoramic views over Bologna, its red terracotta rooftops and the delightful, rolling Emilia-Romagna countryside. The hike to the top consists of a number of steps and a narrow path, but it’s incredibly worth the trek up.

It’s worth noting, however, that the Asinelli Tower is also currently closed to visitors, as well, as it is being renovated for safety reasons. So it is not possible to see the view from the top at present.

Just a bit away from the two towers you can also wander over to the Basilica di Santo Stefano, another lovely, historic church with iconic porticos to see when you visit Bologna.

The Two Towers of Bologna

Tagliere and Aperitivo in Bologna 

One of Bologna’s international names to fame and a great way to wrap up your first day in Bologna is to enjoy a tagliere platter and aperitivo. Tagliere is essentially a platter of various cold-cut and cured meats and cheeses typically enjoyed with an accompanying drink as a complete aperitivo. 

A great spot to enjoy a tagliere aperitivo in the center of Bologna is at ​Osteria dell’Orsa located north of Piazza Maggiore. Here you’ll find local meat and cheese sourced from local producers in a cosy and traditional Bolognese setting. 

Day 2 – Sanctuary of San Luca & The University of Bologna 

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Perched on top of a towering hill outside of the city of Bologna, you’ll discover the Sanctuary of San Luca, one of the most stunning landmarks of the city and visiting is one of the best things to do in Bologna.

One of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Emilia-Romagna region, the sanctuary of San Luca was built in the 18th century with inspiration drawn from Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

The rusty red and orange Portico of the sanctuary is one of the most distinguishing characteristics as it’s considered to be one of the longest in the world and spans just over 3.5 kilometers connecting the Sanctuary of San Luca to the city of Bologna.

Inside the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, you’ll find striking pieces of art, frescoes and religious relics, and a special interior dedicated to Saint Luke.

Outside of the sanctuary, you’ll discover outstanding views of the city, as well as the surrounding areas of the region, and the space surrounding it is incredibly peaceful, a perfect getaway from one of the most populated Italian cities.

The most convenient way to reach the Sanctuary of San Luca from Bologna’s city center is by the San Luca Express. At Piazza Maggiore, you’ll find the San Luca Express station and from there, take the picturesque train to the top of the San Luca Hill bringing you to the San Luca Sanctuary.

Sanctuary of San Luca

University of Bologna

Continuing onward on day 2 of this Bologna itinerary, you’ll spend time exploring the University of Bologna, the oldest continuously operating university in the world. 

Founded in 1088, the university was first founded as a center for law and to this day is a top university in both Italy and internationally as well as a key-research center internationally.

By no surprise, the university campus is a special place to wander around during your visit to Bologna. The historic center of Bologna is home to many of the university’s oldest and most prestigious buildings, with many open for tours and visitors. 

The University of Bologna offers guided tours of the university’s historic buildings and courtyards, led by knowledgeable student guides covering the university’s architecture, history, and traditions.

Tours can be booked in advance or at the university’s tourist office. If you decide to visit the university independently, make sure not to miss the Museo Palazzo Poggi, and the Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna.

University of Bologna

T ortellini & Tagliatelle al Ragu

A major draw for any visitor planning time in Bologna is its rich food history and culture. Tortellini, one of the most famous foods in Bologna, is a treasure of the city and has been a major part of Bologna’s culinary tradition for centuries. 

Emilia-Romagna, and Bologna in particular, is known for having some of the best food in all of Italy and you can’t visit the city without trying some regional specialities.

Legend has it that tortellini was inspired by the shape of Venus’ navel, with a Bolognese chef spying on the goddess through a keyhole, and with inspiration gave birth to the delicious stuffed pasta we enjoy today. 

In Bologna tortellini is typically served either in broth, with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano, or with ragu Bolognese, another famous, rich, and meaty sauce originating in Bologna. Another iconic Bolognese dish is tagliatelle al ragu, which is simply thin, wide egg pasta covered with delicious ragu Bolognese.

After spending the day wandering through San Luca Hill and the University of Bologna, head to Trattoria da Me , located on the northwest side of the city center to enjoy delectable tortellini at fair prices in a traditional Emilia Romagna setting. You can also take a cooking class to learn how to make this iconic dish.

Tortellini en brodo

Day 3 – Parma or Modena

If you’re lucky enough to be exploring Bologna in 3 days, I recommend making your way to a neighboring town or city to experience another part of the rich Emilia Romagna region. 

A great option is to head to Parma , another holy grail city for foodies and history lovers traveling to the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.

Home of Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, and gorgeous Romanesque architecture and frescoes throughout the city centre, Parma can easily be reached by train from Bologna in just around an hour. You can go on this full-day tour  that visits parmesan and prosciutto factories.

Another option is to make your way to Modena , a charming town located just about half an hour away from Bologna by train and the home of the true Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.

Visiting the Modena Cathedral, getting lost in the quaint alleyways of the city, and maybe even visiting the famous Osteria Francescana is a perfect way to enjoy the city on a day trip from Bologna. 

Cathedral and Ghirlandina Tower in Modena, Italy

Where to Stay in Bologna

B&B Chez Moi Lame 57  – Located within walking distance between the Piazza Maggiore and the train station, this cosy bed and breakfast is a great mid-range option. There are several bright and comfortable rooms and a lovely breakfast is available each morning.

Hotel Metropolitan – Just 5 minutes from the Piazza Maggiore, this upmarket hotel boasts an incredible rooftop terrace and bar, plenty of modern rooms and an excellent breakfast buffet offered daily.

Dopa Hostel – Situated in the lively and youthful University area of the city, this hostel is a good budget option in Bologna. There are typical dorm beds and private rooms available, along with kitchen facilities, good common areas and free breakfast.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to find the best hotels in Bologna!

Regardless of whether you’re exploring the city of Bologna in 2 days or 3, this is a city that will capture your mind, soul, and stomach. While gaining popularity in the travel community, Bologna is still a bit of an underdog when it comes to Italian destinations and once visiting, you’ll see too, that it’s difficult to understand why.

One word to describe the city is rich, from its food, culture, architecture, surroundings & history. For that reason, it’ll be hard to find yourself not wanting to return for more.

Are you planning to visit Bologna? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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Perfect 2 Days In Bologna Itinerary

by Melissa Giroux | Last updated Dec 14, 2022 | Europe , Italy , Travel Tips

Wonder what an amazing 2 days in Bologna itinerary would look like? Keep reading!

It may not be as popular as cities like Florence and Venice, but Bologna has an authentic feel and a host of historic attractions that are well worth visiting.

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Located in northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is the country’s 7th largest city. It is affectionately known by three rather unusual nicknames – La Dotta, La Rossa, and La Grassa.

La Dotta means ‘the learned’ – a reference to Bologna’s university. Founded in 1088, it is the oldest in the western world.

These days, Bologna’s student population has a big influence on its culture, lending it a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

La Rossa means ‘the red’. It might not take long after arriving in the city to realize that this refers to the terracotta-tiled rooftops and red walls you’ll see almost everywhere.

La Grassa means ‘the fat’, and – as you might guess – this nickname celebrates Bologna’s excellent food scene.

There are so many culinary delights that originated here, including Parma ham, parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinegar.

If you’re lucky enough to be able to spend 2 days in Bologna, you’ll have time to experience more than a taste of its history, culture, and food.

Use this Bologna itinerary, and you’ll be confident of seeing all the best that this charming city has to offer.


The first of your two days in Bologna will be spent exploring the historic heart of the city and seeing many of its major landmarks.

You’ll finish the day with a leisurely stroll around some of its best shops and boutiques.

Start your day with breakfast in one of the many cafes at Piazza Maggiore. This is Bologna’s public square and the most lively spot in the city, where locals come to meet and hang out.

As you sip your coffee, you can admire the amazing buildings around you, including grand palaces like Palazzo d’Accursio, Palazzo dei Bianchi, and Palazzo d’Accursio (which was once the Town Hall).

Head first to the Basilica di San Petronio for a closer look. This is the 6th largest church in Europe and the 10th largest in the world.

It looks a little strange from the outside – a curious mixture of marble and brick. But inside, it’s a different story, and the building is filled with beautiful chapels.

You can also see the world’s longest Meridian, which was used to help astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini perform measurements, plus some fantastic frescoes and two ancient organs.

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Just steps away, you’ll come to the Piazza del Nettuno where you’ll find the impressive Fountain of Neptune. It is made from bronze and stone and dates back to the mid-16th century.

If you happen to be visiting the city at the right time, this is where you’ll see the local students celebrating their graduations – a tradition that goes back many years.

The Welcome Bologna visitor information center is also located in Piazza Maggiore should you need it, and the square is home to the Biblioteca Salaborsa (Public Library).

Be sure to take a look inside – you can see ancient remains beneath the building through the specially designed floor.

Now head over to Quadrilatero, just a short walk from the square. One of the oldest parts of the city, it is filled with shops and stalls selling traditional Italian foods.

This is the time to pick up some locally produced delicacies to take home, and to find something nice for lunch.

We recommend the tasty little crescentine fritte – fried dough topped with prosciutto and cheese.

Or, for a sit-down lunch, head to Via Pescherie Vecchie. This pretty street is lined with beautiful restaurants.

fontana del nettuno piazza navona

After lunch, it’s time to visit the city’s famous towers. These are the Asinelli and Garisenda, collectively known as the Torri Pendenti (leaning towers).

In fact, when seeing Bologna in 2 days, climbing the Asinelli Tower is something you simply have to do!

Dating back to the 12th century, these towers were originally constructed as status symbols by the Asinelli and Garisenda families. They would also have served as fortifications.

The foundations of The Garisenda Tower have subsided somewhat, so it is not safe to enter, but the (almost) 500 steps of the Asinelli Tower are there for the climbing!

It’s hard work and the steps are narrow, but the views from the top are amazing!

Next, take a short walk to visit Piazza Santo Stefano. Here you’ll find the Basilica of Santo Stefano, a religious site with several different chapels and buildings.

There were originally seven churches here, but now there are only four. You can see the relics of San Petronio, and a natural spring that symbolizes the River Jordan.

To complete the first afternoon of your weekend in Bologna, take a 5-minute walk to the popular Via Rizzoli.

This street has some of the best examples of the long arcades for which the city is famous. Under the cover of the porticos, you can shop to your heart’s content or simply admire the lovely architecture.

Other arched walkways worth exploring are the wooden ones at Via Marsala and Casa Isolani.

basilica of santo stefano

What better way to spend your first evening in Bologna than to enjoy a fabulous authentic Italian meal? For this, we recommend heading to Caffè Mercato Bologna, hidden away in one of the city’s colorful alleyways.

This is a rustic restaurant with simple furnishings and perfectly cooked, traditional food made with local ingredients. Be sure to try the tagliatelle al ragù – it’s amazing!

On the second of your two days in Bologna, you’ll be visiting museums, a bustling market, and one of the most beautiful parks in the city.

Your morning will begin at Teatro Anatomico, one of Bologna’s more unusual attractions! This 17th-century anatomical lecture hall is located in the city’s old medical school and is gruesomely fascinating!

Here you can see a copy of the original marble table that would have once been used to dissect cadavers.

You can even take a seat on the tiers where medical students would have watched the procedure many years ago!

The professor’s seat dominates the room and on either side of it are two quite creepy Spellati (skinless) statues, with their internal anatomy clearly displayed!

From here, it’s just a 2-minute walk to Bologna’s world-class Archaeological Museum.

Packed with ancient exhibits, it teaches you all about the development of the city. Collections include Prehistoric, Roman, and  Greek, while the museum also houses the most important Egyptian collection in Europe.

After a morning spent exploring Bologna’s history, it’s time to turn your thoughts to its culinary scene. For this, visit the picturesque Mercato delle Erbe, a market renowned for its incredible seafood and local produce.

There is a great combination of upscale restaurants and street food stalls here, so pick somewhere to stop for lunch and soak up the lively atmosphere.

piazza delle erbe

It’s now time to visit another museum – the impressive Pinacoteca Nazionale.

Located in the old university complex in the former Saint Ignatius Jesuit novitiate, this art museum focuses on work connected to Bologna and the wider Emilian region.

There are some amazing pieces to admire, dating back as far as the 13th century. The Accademia Clementina section contains ancient Byzantine paintings and later works appear in the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts.

Notable works include Raphael’s ‘Ecstasy of St. Cecilia’ and ‘Christ and the Good Thief’ by Titian.

You’re probably ready by now to relax and reflect on all the beautiful things you have seen and done during your 2 days in Bologna. And the perfect place to do this is at the city’s most popular green space – the Giardini Margherita.

This park is a 25-minute stroll from the art museum, just south of the city center. Extraordinarily beautiful, it has a layout that was originally inspired by England’s romantic and classic parks.

You can stop and watch the world go by at one of its cafes, take a walk around its lake, or run along one of many trails. If you’re up to the challenge, you can even tackle the 1.5 km (0.9 mi) path that loops around it.

Pop into Kilowatt whilst you’re here. Known as ‘Le Serre’ by locals, this multi-functional space was once the park’s municipal greenhouses.

These days it is a trendy venue housing a restaurant with live music, a vegetable garden, and co-working facilities.

giardini margherita

A popular evening spot for locals and visitors alike is the Cantina Bentivoglio Café.

Serving traditional specialties from the Emilia-Romagna region, the restaurant is located in the wine cellar of a former palace.

The wine list is impressive but the biggest attraction here – besides the incredible food – is the live jazz music that you can enjoy along with your meal!

When planning what to do in Bologna in 2 days it’s good to know that the main attractions are all within walking distance of each other.

This makes it easy to see a lot of the city in a short space of time and means that a weekend in Bologna is enough to take in the sights.

That being said, this itinerary is based on spending two full days in Bologna. If your arrival time is late on your first day – or if you depart early on your last – then we would recommend adding an extra night to your stay.

Where To Stay In Bologna For 2 Days

Here are some of our favorite places to stay in Bologna, with a suggestion to suit every budget!

Best Budget Accommodation

Combo Bologna offers both rooms and dormitories and is located just 900 yards from Bologna Train Station.

There is a 24-hour front desk and a bar, plus lots of useful amenities, including a shared lounge, shared kitchen, laundry facilities, and cycle hire.

There is also a TV room and a pleasant garden where, in the summer, you can enjoy concerts or a live DJ. An Italian breakfast is served using local ingredients.

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Best Mid-Range Accommodation

The beautiful Albergo delle Drapperie enjoys a fabulous location right in the heart of the city, just a short walk from Piazza Maggiore square.

It is housed in a 19th-century building and features air-conditioned rooms with either frescoed or wooden-beamed ceilings. Some rooms have balconies with gorgeous city views.

A breakfast buffet is served every day.

Best Luxury Accommodation

For a real treat, book a room at the 5-star Grand Hotel Majestic gia’ Baglioni . Located inside a sumptuous 18th-century palace in the city center, the hotel offers exquisite rooms furnished with antiques and beautiful frescoes.

Final Thoughts On Two Days In Bologna

Bologna is unique – a city with a strong identity, rich history, and a sense of fun that makes it a pleasure to visit.

I hope this Bologna itinerary for 2 days has helped you plan your trip and that you enjoy exploring Emilia-Romagna’s capital.

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What to see in Bologna in 2 days: the mini-guide

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Italo Treno takes you on a discovery of Bologna, one of the pearls of Emilia Romagna, among porticoes, medieval towers, churches, squares and traditional goodness.

Are you ready for a weekend in Bologna with friends in the city’s best clubs and venues ? With this mini-guide , Italo will reveal what you can see in a two-day trip to Emilia’s capital. To visit Bologna, there’s no need to drive – public transportation is great, or you can simply walk. The historic center of the city contains most of its treasures. Once in the center, you can start your visit on foot and discover seven of Bologna’s unmissable gems . You can take a leisurely stroll through the arcades and discover the city’s most romantic places . If you love history and culture, visit underground Bologna, from the canals to the Bagni di Mario . But now let’s see what you can see in 48 hours.

What to see in Bologna in two days: index 

  • 1st Day in Bologna
  • Piazza Maggiore and the Fountain of Neptune
  • Basilica of San Petronio
  • The two towers: Asinelli and Garisenda
  • Piazza Santo Stefano: the Seven Churches of Bologna
  • The Bologna Quadrilateral: shopping and food
  • 2nd Day in Bologna
  • Finestrella di via Piella
  • The Archiginnasio Library

House of Lucio Dalla

  • Street Art in Bologna
  • Sanctuary of San Luca
  • How to get to Bologna and move around in the city


When you arrive in Emilia’s capital, before your tour of the historic center, visit Bologna’s underground high-speed train station designed by Isozaki-Maffeidi, an imposing underground structure which is a hub of Italy’s rail system. If instead you’re traveling with your children, here’s what to do in Bologna with kids and our travel tips . So now it’s time to start your visit and discover the Bolognese treasures and wonders of the city on this first day! Ready?

Piazza Maggiore and the Fountain of Neptune 

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Start walking from Central Station, which is very close to the city center, and take Via Indipendenza ; linger to browse the many stores and admire the beautiful surrounding buildings. After this stroll down Via Indipendenza, you come to Piazza del Nettuno – Neptune Square – centered on the imposing fountain with the statue of the god of the sea , which the locals call The Giant . The sculptor Giambologna created this work in 1565 as a symbol of papal power: as Neptune rules the waters, so the Pope rules the world. At the statue’s feet are four cherubs, representing the Ganges, Nile, Amazon, and the Danube, the rivers of the then-known continents.

Adjacent to Piazza Nettuno, Piazza Maggiore , the main hub of the city, awaits you. This square, 116 meters long and 60 meters wide, was built in the late Middle Ages but only took on its present form in the 15th century . It is surrounded by thirteenth-century buildings of enviable beauty: on one side by Palazzo d’Accursio and Palazzo Comunale di Bologna , and on another side by Palazzo Re Enzo and Palazzo della Podestà . In the past, the townspeople would gather there to listen to public proclamations; in modern times, it has changed its face and become a favorite venue for the fruit and vegetable market. Today it is a meeting point for Bologna’s nightlife thanks to its many restaurants and clubs. If you are already thinking about lunch, here’s where to eat in Bologna at reasonable prices .

Basilica of San Petronio 

San Petronio

In Piazza Maggiore, you will find one of the most important churches in all of Europe and the fourth in Italy: the Basilica of San Petronio . It is built in the Gothic style and is dedicated to the city’s patron saint. Its facade was left incomplete first due to lack of funding and later as an aesthetic choice. It is a civic church, meaning it was built by the citizens of Bologna between the 14th and 15th centuries. Visit also the Basilica’s interior to see the world’s longest sundial in an enclosed location and the Italy’s oldest church organ . Remember that admission is free.

Lunch break looms, and if you’ve worked up an appetite and love Emilian cuisine, you should know that Bologna is a foody’s city par excellence, and the street food is top-notch. Here is a guide to Bologna’s street food and where to enjoy good food .

The two towers: Asinelli and Garisenda 

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From Piazza Maggiore, proceed on foot down Via Rizzoli, arrive at Piazza di Porta Ravegnana and admire Bologna’s two most famous medieval towers :

Asinelli and Garisenda. I recommend climbing the Torre degli Asinelli because it is the highest leaning tower in Italy (97.20 meters). It was built between 1109 and 1119 by the Asinelli family. To visit it and climb to the top, buy the ticket for €3 and climb 498 steps. The stunning all-round cityscape is a unique spectacle. Did you know that in Bologna there are 22 other towers  that are blended into the fabric of the city? In the past there were as many as 100!

After this strenuous visit, you will be even hungrier. For a quick snack with generous portions, authentic dishes, and traditional hospitality, I suggest a break at the best osterias in Bologna. Try these establishments , seriously good Bologna eateries!

Piazza Santo Stefano: the Seven Churches of Bologna 

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Continue your tour of Bologna and from Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, it’s about a five-minute walk to Piazza Santo Stefano . You will find yourself in front of one of the most important architectural monuments of Emilia Romagna and Italy: the complex of the Seven Churches . It is a basilica that comprises six others from different periods: Church of the Crucifix , Basilica of the Sepulcher , Church of St. Vitale and St. Agricola , Pilate’s Courtyard , Church of the Martyrium , Medieval Cloister , and St. Stephen’s Museum . A truly unique place. It can be visited from 9 am to noon and from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm and admission is free.

After the visit, nearby you will find the best places for delicious brunches in Bologna ! You won’t regret it!

The Bologna Quadrilateral: shopping and food 

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The first day of this 48-hour tour of Bologna comes to an end: take a moment to relax shopping and sampling Emilian delicacies or visit Bologna’s Quadrilateral . From Piazza Santo Stefano, a five-minute walk takes you to the Quadrilateral, the city’s ancient market place . The district forms a square consisting of: via Rizzoli, via dell ‘Archiginnasio , via Farini and via Castiglione ; in the Middle Ages, it housed most of the city’s crafts guilds. Today, it is one of Bologna’s most characteristic sites and one of the best locations if you love good food. Here you will find numerous bars, restaurants, and shops of all kinds, from luxury to mid-range establishments, with stalls that sell all food categories, from fruit and vegetables to fish. Immerse yourself in the aromas of Bologna’s specialties and enjoy the best tortellini in the city ! Your first day will take on a whole new flavor! In addition to the Quadrilateral, pay a visit to the Fico di Bologna, the world’s largest agri-food park with many products all strictly made in Italy and the specialties of authentic Emilian cuisine.


Start this second day in Bologna by visiting some other of the city’s distinctive landmarks. Options include a number of mysterious attractions, points of cultural interest, or a trip out of town just a few kilometers from Emilia’s capital. If you can spare a few more days, visit Emilia-Romagna and its excellent cities full of art and great food .

Finestrella di via Piella 

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Begin this second leg of the tour with one of Bologna’s best-kept secrets: the Finestrella in Via Piella , on the Reno Canal . From Porta Govese , you arrive at the famous Finestrella on the Moline Canal and the bridge that crosses the canal . This corner of the city is known as Little Venice . Overlooking Guglielmo Oberdan Street and from the small square window on Piella Street , enjoy the flow of one of the few stretches of intact water courses that have not been paved over. The Moline Canal is concealed between houses and, in the past, has long been hidden from view. This waterway is a continuation of the Reno Canal , and you should know that between the 12th and 14th centuries Bologna was crossed by a system of canals that connected it to the Po’ river and supplied it with water. If you’re a social media enthusiast, be sure to post your visit on your channels! If you would like to discover other enchanting places in this region, be sure to have a look at our guide to the most romantic villages and hamlets in Emilia-Romagna .

The Archiginnasio Library 

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Continue your tour and walk down from Via Piella, Via dell’Indipendenza and in less than ten minutes, you are on Via Archiginnasio , where you find the Archiginnasio , the location of Bologna’s ancient University . Admire the more than 7,000 heraldic coats of arms of students and professors scattered among the building’s courtyard and corridors. In the interior, visit the striking Anatomical Theater , designed in 1637 for university lectures on anatomy, and the frescoed Stabat Mater hall. It can be visited from Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm; on Saturdays from 10.00 am to 2.00 mn; on Sundays and holidays from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. The cost of the ticket is 3 €.

If you’re returning to Bologna for a business trip, here are some suggestions for Coworking in Bologna and your office space in the city . The city offers several convenient and practical places to study, work on the go or run your business!

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From Via dell’Archiginnasio, a five-minute walk takes you to Via d’Azeglio , a district of Bologna with fine stores, boutiques, and bars . Here you find the home of Lucio Dalla , Bologna’s much-beloved songwriter and musician. Visit his home and experience the spaces where the world-renowned artist lived and worked. Discover the most interesting anecdotes of his life and trivia: his connection with the city, friendships, distinguished guests, and how his songs were written and performed. Enter the world of Lucio Dalla, singer, actor, and director, who was also passionate about painting, sculpture, film, theater, photography, and poetry. The House can only be visited by guided tour   hosted on the website bolognawelcone.com; the ticket cost is €15 for adults and €10 for children aged 6 to 12 and over-65s.

Street Art in Bologna 

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After your visit to Lucio Dalla’s house, stroll through the downtown streets and don’t miss the multitude of murals and graffiti that enliven the city. Bolognese  street art is executed with various techniques and on various surfaces. You can admire it in the city’s porticoes and alleyways. The most interesting works in the city center are by Gutiérrez at 38 Zamboni Street , Levalet at Piazza Azzarita , and Lokiss and Rae Marini at Largo Caduti del Lavoro .

If you love this modern art form, don’t miss our guides to Street Art in Italy : Street art in Turin among the murals of Millo and more , Street art in Milan: the murals and graffiti not to be missed , Street Art in Naples: all the interesting facts about the Neapolitan murals , and Street art in Rome: Ostiense, Tor Marancia and more .

Sanctuary of San Luca 

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As you come to the end of these two intense days, devote the rest of your trip in Bologna to an out-of-town trip to the hills of Bologna: the Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca . It is a Basilica dedicated to Catholic Marian Worship on Guardia Hill at an elevation of 280 meters. In this important shrine, the Icon of the Virgin and Child known as the St. Luke Madonna has been venerated ever since the rain miracle of 5 July 1433 . Tradition holds that people should reach it on foot. Walk down Via d’Azeglio to Via Urbana and then continue to Via Saragozza . Follow it to the monumental Porta Zaragoza and to the Arch of Meloncello , where you will find the Portico di San Luca . From Piazza Maggiore, you will have already traveled 3 km, and from here starts the ascent to the Sanctuary, which continues for another 2 km.

It’s worth noting that there are 53 kilometers of porticos in Bologna, and the one in San Luca, at 3,796 meters, is also the longest in the world. It has been included by UNESCO among the Bologna porticoes recognized as a World Heritage Site .

The total length of the walking tour, from the center of Bologna to the Sanctuary, is about 6 km . If you prefer to use public transportation instead, go to Porta Saragozza or Villa Spada and take bus no. 58 .

There is also the San Luca Express train , which connects Piazza Maggiore with the Shrine. The service operates daily and tickets are purchased on board. The ticket price for adults is €10 round trip and €5 for children aged six to ten and accompanied disabled persons.

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When you arrive at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Luca , you have an unparalleled panoramic view of the entire city of Bologna and its hills from above . Admission is free and opening hours are weekdays from 6.30 am to 5.00 pm from November to February and until 7.00 pm from March to October, and the Icon of the Madonna remains covered from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm. On holidays , opening hours are from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm from November to February and until 7.00 pm from March to October; the Icon remains covered from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm.

How to get to Bologna and move around the city

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Getting around Bologna is very easy, you can move on foot or thanks to the excellent bus system: the city’s historic downtown is always closed to traffic. The public transport service includes 70 lines, of which five are night and there are various ticket formulas.

The ticket lasts 75 minutes from validation and costs €1.30 if you buy it from vending machines or authorized retailers. If you buy the ticket on board, the price is €1.50. A day-ticket costs €5 and is valid for 24 hours; it can only be purchased in the points of sale. The other option is the city pass ticket; it costs €12 and covers 10 trips of up to 75 minutes each.

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Bologna in 2 Days - The Ultimate 48 Hour Itinerary

Edited by Emma White.

Bologna is one of the most underrated cities in Italy, often neglected on travel itineraries in favor of Italy’s more famous tourist hotspots. This is surprising considering there are so many great things to do in Bologna for both first-timers and returning visitors. From its beautiful historic center, rich history and impressive architecture, to authentic Bolognese food culture, and warm, friendly atmosphere, this city in the heart of the Emilia Romagna has so much to offer no matter what your interests are. So if you’re planning a weekend break to Italy, consider Bologna as a destination and read this guide to find out what to see in Bologna in 2 days to help you put together your 2 days in Bologna itinerary. I’ll reveal to you the city’s top attraction and best keep secrets and give you advice on where to eat in Bologna so you can discover this city like a true local.

Breakfast at Caffe Terzi

Breakfast at Caffe Terzi

Begin day one at Bologna’s best coffee shop, Caffe Terzi. This wonderful authentic café in the center of Bologna serves excellent coffee, delicious cakes and boasts a cozy, elegant atmosphere along with friendly staff offering impeccable service. Order a classic espresso or cappuccino and take it standing at the counter as the locals do. Pair it with a buttery croissant or the perfect Italian breakfast to set you up for a full day visiting Bologna . Just remember in Bologna you must never order a cappuccino after 11 am, it’s an Italian rule!

Morning of exploring

Morning of exploring

After breakfast, it’s time to visit a few of Bologna’s prettiest and most famous sights. Head to Bologna’s main square, Piazza Maggiore, just a stone’s throw away from Caffe Terzi, and take a moment to look around, inspect the gorgeous renaissance-style architecture and watch local Bolognese life unfold in front of you. This is one of the top things to do in Bologna and the perfect place to start for those who have arrived and are wondering what to see in Bologna in 2 days - from here you can access all of the important Bologna attractions. Next, take a short walk to one of my favorite Bologna attractions, the Santuario di Santo Stefano . This church is one complex made up of seven churches built at various times and in different ways. Each one has a slightly different style that makes it unique and memorable, but they all fit together to form a wonderful building. This is one of the best Bologna tours, entry is free but there’s a box to leave donations. Don’t be surprised to find a friendly cat curled up fast asleep on a pew in the church designated for those in prayer and silence, he comes here often probably for the peace and quiet! 

Visit the Archiginnasio di Bologna

Visit the Archiginnasio di Bologna

End your morning at another one of my favorite Bologna locations,  Archiginnasio di Bologna . This magnificent building once housed the oldest university in Europe. The walls and ceilings are covered in coats of arms and writings, narrating the building's story. The highlight of your visit will be seeing the old Anatomical theater with its intricate wooden carvings.

Lunch at Va Mo La

Lunch at Va Mo La

After an activity-packed morning, it’s time to refuel with some traditional Bolognese food. My recommendation for a special lunch on day one would have to be Va Mo La , a typical Bologna-style restaurant offering tasty home-made dishes. This restaurant used to be an old bookstore. It’s warm, homely and always very busy with locals. The menu consists of traditional Bologna dishes made from the freshest ingredients and the wine list covers the different regions of Italy, all at reasonable prices. Order the ragù, Bologna’s most popular pasta dish, or ask Stefano for his recommendation. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. This restaurant is a must-try during your 2 days in Bologna, I hope you enjoy it as much as I always do. 

Climb the Torre Asinelli

Climb the Torre Asinelli

Hopefully, you’re feeling re-energized and ready to explore more of this magical, medieval city. The next stop during your 48 hours in Bologna should be the Torre Asinelli , perhaps the city’s most iconic monument. Climbing the Asinelli Tower is a quintessential Bologna experience not to be missed by visitors to Bologna, especially first-timers. The Asinelli Tower along with its twin, the Garisenda Tower, are known together as Le Due Torri and have existed for more than eight centuries, standing proud in the heart of the city. Climb the 498 steps to the top of Torre Asinelli where you’ll be rewarded with exceptional views over the city’s terracotta rooftops, grand squares, quaint, cobbled streets and far beyond. 

Aperitivo at Osteria del Sole

Aperitivo at Osteria del Sole

When evening comes around, the only place to be on your first day in Bologna is Osteria del Sole . This hidden gem is the perfect place for an Italian-style aperitivo. Through a small, easily missed doorway in an alley off via Pescherie Vecchie lies this unique and historic bar. Inside you’ll find long wooden tables and an array of mismatched chairs surrounded by walls covered in old-style pictures and photos. You’ll join an eclectic mix of locals from old men playing cards, to students winding down at the end of the week, to couples enjoying a romantic evening together. The tiny bar serves a selection of wines and cold beers at exceptional value (a glass of Pignoletto and bottle of beer for around €5 in total!). This osteria doesn’t serve food, however, you can bring your own food and those in the know will often turn up with cured meats, cheeses and other aperitivo snacks purchased from local delis and supermarkets. Make sure to come here when in Bologna, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its authentic character, warm atmosphere, great value, and friendly staff. And if you’ve only 1 day in Bologna make sure Del Sole is on your list, it’s a small pocket of Bologna bursting with authenticity and even just an hour spent here will make you feel like a local!

Cantina Bentivoglio Café

Cantina Bentivoglio Café

After your aperitivo, head to Cantina Bentivoglio Café for a late evening Bolognese dinner accompanied by live jazz music. This restaurant, wine bar, and jazz club is one of the best places in Bologna for live jazz and blues and the food is equally impressive. The menu is typical of the Emilia-Romagna region and they also offer a large variety of local and national wines. The cavernous venue set in the wine cellar of the former palazzo is large yet intimate, offering the perfect setting for your late-night meal. Indulge in a traditional Bolognese dish from the menu, choose a wine to pair with your meal, then relax as you soak up the jazzy feel-good vibes and authentic charm.

Day 2: Via Saragozza and Portico di San Luca

Day 2: Via Saragozza and Portico di San Luca

Start your day two morning off with coffee and pastries via Saragozza, a busy street lined with a myriad of charming coffee shops, boutique stores, and typical trattorias. It is also part of the Portico di San Luca, one of the longest arcades in the world connecting the Porta Saragozza with the Santuario di San Luca (San Luca Sanctuary). Before you embark on the long walk up to the Sanctuary, get your caffeine hit from Neri Pasticceria on via Saragozza. Their coffees are delicious, best enjoyed paired with one of their freshly baked pastries.

Explore the Basilica

Explore the Basilica

After that, make your way up the portico on foot until you reach the beautiful Basilica perched on top of the hill. The walk is 4km long through the world's longest portico, with quite a few stairs in the second half of the walk. But the view from the top is worth it, plus, it's a nice little workout! However, if you prefer, take the San Luca Express toy train from Piazza Maggiore for €10 which will take you up to the Santuario, while providing a mini-tour of Bologna on the way. Whichever method you choose, you’ll encounter some breathtaking views of Bologna and the surrounding landscape. If you have time, visit the inside of the spectacular Santuario di San Luca. I recommend walking a bit further down the road, just 200 meters or so, and then you can turn around and get an amazing view of the entire church standing strong on the hill.

Lunch at Trattoria Casa Mia

Lunch at Trattoria Casa Mia

On your way back from Santuario di San Luca, stop for lunch at another typical Bolognese restaurant located on via Saragozza, Trattoria Casa Mia. This cozy, classic eatery caters mainly to locals to you’ll be guaranteed an authentic experience. The menu is built around fresh, regional produce, as is the wine list. I’d recommend trying the classic lasagne dish or perhaps the tortellini al brodo – both divine! Note that the portions here are relatively large so it would probably be quite ambitious to order primi , secondi and dolce . But then again, you might just be hungry enough after that long walk!


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After your lunchtime meal, head to MAMbo , Bologna’s Modern Art Museum. The museum is an architecturally interesting space with a variety of works displayed in interesting ways. Much of the works on display come from talented local artists' and many other Italians are represented in the international collection. There is a good balance between permanent collections and rotating exhibitions meaning the variety and dynamic often change. The museum currently houses the Morandi works which are fascinating and thought-provoking and a must-see for anyone who appreciates modern art. There's also a small café to enjoy a coffee break after viewing the works of art.

Dinner at La Fastuchera

Dinner at La Fastuchera

My recommendation for dinner on day two would have to be La Fastuchera . La Fastuchera is a Sicilian restaurant just outside the main heart of Bologna. The food is truly excellent, “just like nonna’s” as us Italians would say! The menu is quite different from your typical Bolognese trattoria and offers a fantastic variety of fresh and interesting dishes, I recommend the swordfish dish! The service is charming and unpretentious while the atmosphere is warm and elegant. If visiting Bologna in the warmer months, start your meal with a small aperitivo of fresh, zesty negronis , sat out in the garden terrace. This restaurant is slightly off the beaten track, but it is definitely worth the little detour!

Via del Pratello Pub Crawl

Via del Pratello Pub Crawl

What better way to end your 48 hours in Bologna than by enjoying a few drinks among locals in a lively part of town? Via del Pratello is well-known for its vibrant nightlife and bustling crowds of locals, students, and visitors who come here to mingle and share stories after dark with their favorite drink in hand. It is a Bologna nightlife tradition! With an array of historic pubs, atmospheric wine bars, and trendy bars, you’ll be spoilt for choice when searching for your perfect evening watering hole. So much so that you might just have to try a few! Do as the locals do and bar hop your way along this lively street and soak up the buzz of Bologna’s local nightlife.

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Cosa vedere a Bologna in 2 giorni

Francesca Turchi

Bologna delle due torri. Bologna dei tortellini e della mortadella. Bologna della musica e di Lucio Dalla.

Ho avuto il piacere di visitare Bologna in un weekend e, come mi ero immaginata prima di partire, me ne sono assolutamente innamorata. L’Emilia, come la mia amata Toscana, conta tante caratteristiche che non possono non essere apprezzate: in primis l’arte e poi la buona tavola e la parlata, che personalmente adoro.

Se non siete mai stati a Bologna e volete dei consigli su cosa fare, quali luoghi visitare e dove mangiare di seguito trovate un itinerario di cosa vedere a Bologna in 2 giorni che spero possa esservi utile.

Cosa vedere a Bologna: itinerario di un weekend

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Cosa vedere a Bologna in due giorni – 1° GIORNO

Molto probabilmente la vostra gita di due giorni a Bologna sarà durante un weekend. Se così fosse ricordatevi che il venerdì e il sabato, dalle alla 6.30 alle 20.30, al Parco della Montagnola situato a poche centinaia di metri dalla stazione centrale di Bologna, si tiene il Mercato della Piazzola .

Si tratta del mercato storico dell’Emilia Romagna, un grande mercato all’aperto dove vengono allestite oltre 400 bancarelle che offrono di tutto, dall’abbigliamento ai vestiti vintage e usati, dalle scarpe ai fiori, dai casalinghi alla pelletteria. Il bello di questo posto, se siete in vena di shopping, è che potete fare acquisti a partire da 2 euro. Se come nel mio caso alloggiate vicino alla stazione, la mattina prima di iniziare la visita al centro di Bologna, un giretto qui fossi in voi me lo farei.

Dal mercato della Montagnola potete quindi procedere verso il centro storico di Bologna e arrivare in un angolo davvero caratteristico: mai sentito parlare della finestrella sul Reno ? La  finestrella in via Piella  è una vera chicca che non può mancare tra le cose da vedere a Bologna: si tratta di una piccola finestra situata proprio sul canale delle Moline, uno dei tanti canali sotterranei di Bologna.

finestrella bologna

Dopo vi basterà percorrere Via dell’Indipendenza per arrivare in centro pregustandovi intanto alcuni negozi. Alla fine della lunga strada pedonale vi ritroverete nel cuore di Bologna: davanti a voi Piazza del Nettuno con la celebre fontana del Nettuno del Giambologna, a sinistra via Rizzoli, in fondo alla quale si ergono le due torri più famose della città.

fontana del Nettuno bologna

Personalmente ho preferito lasciarmi le torri al pomeriggio e la mattina ho fatto un giro in Piazza Maggiore, la piazza più grande di Bologna all’interno della quale si trova la  Basilica di San Petronio , la chiesa gotica simbolo della città nonché la  sesta chiesa cristiana più grande in Europa  e la 4° più grande d’Italia dopo San Pietro a Roma, il Duomo a Milano e il Duomo di Firenze (l’ingresso alla basilica di San Petronio è gratuito).

Quando sono stata a Bologna (febbraio 2013) la basilica era in ristrutturazione da ormai un paio di anni ed era possibile  salire sulla terrazza panoramica di San Petronio a 22 metri di altezza. Da lassù è possibile avere una visuale della città davvero insolita.

Intorno a San Petronio si trovano inoltre alcuni palazzi duecenteschi: lateralmente si trova  Palazzo d’Accursio , il palazzo Comunale di Bologna, mentre di fronte alla basilica, dall’altro lato di Piazza Maggiore, Palazzo Re Enzo e Palazzo del Podestà . Proprio qui, mentre ero a Bologna, ho assistito a una scena particolare e con estremo stupore ho scoperto che sotto alla torre dell’Arengo, che si erge al centro del palazzo, si trova un voltone sorretto da 4 pilastri che vanno a formare 4 angoli. Si tratta del  voltone del podestà  che, grazie alla sua forma, crea un effetto acustico davvero sensazionale. Vi invito a provare e scoprire di cosa si tratta.

voltone del podestà bologna

Dietro alla basilica di San Petronio, in Piazza Galvani, si trova l’ Archiginnasio , la biblioteca comunicale di Bologna nonché la biblioteca civica più importante d’Italia per la consistenza e il pregio del suo patrimonio. Aperta nel 1801 per opera del Dipartimento del Reno, la biblioteca raccoglie il patrimonio librario delle congregazioni religiose disciolte dai provvedimenti del periodo napoleonico (1797-1798) e dal Regno d’Italia (1866). Qui si trova anche il  teatro anatomico , una sala dedicata allo studio dell’anatomia a forma di anfiteatro, costruito su progetto di Antonio Levanti nel 1637. L’Archiginnasio inoltre promuove varie iniziative culturali tra cui conferenze, convegni e mostre. Una visita all’interno del palazzo è possibile tutti i giorni, tranne la domenica, dalle 9 alle 18.45 mentre il sabato fino alle 13.45.

Dove mangiare a Bologna a pranzo

Per pranzo  ho alcuni consigli per voi su  dove mangiare a Bologna , posti tipici che gli stessi bolognesi sono soliti frequentare.

Il primo si trova in via Caporarie, nel quadrilatero di Bologna, ed è l’ Antica Salsamenteria Tamburini . Oltre al negozio, dove è possibile acquistare prodotti tipici bolognesi, c’è un’area self service e da asporto dove poter mangiare sia a pranzo che a cena scegliendo tra taglieri con affettati e formaggi a 10 euro, piatti caldi (es. tortellini fatti a mano e tagliatelle al ragù), contorni e dolci. I costi sono medio-alti ma si mangia bene ed è un posto davvero tipico di Bologna.

Se cercate un locale conviviale dove mangiare tanto e bene, meglio se in comitiva, il posto che fa al caso vostro è L’Osteria dell’Orsa in via Mentana 1 (tornando verso la finestrella, per intendersi): qui si mangia la cucina tipica bolognese a prezzi davvero buoni sia a pranzo che a cena (è consigliato prenotare).

Osteria dell’Orsa bologna

Dopo pranzo vi consiglio di avviarvi verso le due torri di Bologna. Come forse saprete (o forse no) a Bologna non esistono solo la  Torre degli Asinelli  e la Garisenda : si contavano circa 180 torri medievali a Bologna (oggi ne restano 23) ma queste due sono senz’altro le più famose e più alte. Se è una bella giornata il mio consiglio è quello di salire sulla Torre degli Asinelli: per pochi euro potete arrivare a quota  97,20 metri di altezza  e ammirare l’intera città dall’alto.

Un consiglio: se soffrite di vertigini non guardate in basso, lo spettacolo sarebbe quello che potete ammirare in foto (favoloso) ma potrebbe farvi un certo effetto. Date però un’occhiata in giù verso la torre della Garisenda, l’altra torre gentilizia di Bologna, originariamente alta 60 metri e poi “troncata” a 48 metri nella seconda metà del XIV secolo per paura che crollasse.

bologna dall'alto

A due passi dalle due Torri si trovano anche un altro paio di posti simbolo di Bologna: uno è il famoso  Roxy Bar  cantato da Vasco, che si trova proprio in Via Rizzoli, 9, l’altro è la  stella di Lucio Dalla , realizzata in marmo bianco, che dal novembre 2012 si trova in via degli Orefici nel Quadrilatero di Bologna.

roxy bar bologna

Sempre ricordando Lucio Dalla, se passate da piazza dei Celestini e alzate lo sguardo verso il muro di quella che fu la sua abitazione, non potrete non ammirare l’installazione  L’ombra di Lucio  dell’artista Mario Martinelli realizzata per rendere omaggio al cantante bolognese e al suo sax.

ombra di Lucio dalla bologna

Dove mangiare a Bologna a cena

Per la cena ho un ristorante da consigliarvi a Bologna:  Trattoria Trebbi in Via Solferino 40/b. È una tipica trattoria bolognese,  una tra le migliori di Bologna.  Si trova a 5 minuti a piedi da Piazza Maggiore e la sua cucina è davvero da leccarsi i baffi: io ad esempio ho ordinato lasagne “Vecchia Bologna” fatte alla vecchia maniera con fegatini e ovarine, e poi mortadella fresca. Inoltre c’è la possibilità di servirsi da soli con gli antipasti a buffet da 5 a 12 euro. I prezzi sono nella media (circa 25 euro a persona).

Altra zona assolutamente consigliata per una cena o una serata a Bologna è via del Pratello . Questo è un esempio tipico di strada bolognese con i suoi portici che si sviluppano per tutta la sua lunghezza, circa 600 metri, dove si trovano numerose trattorie e locali. Via del Pratello è una strada significativa di Bologna in quanto quartiere popolare del centro storico, uno dei centri dei movimenti politici e delle iniziative culturali studentesche dagli anni ’60 all’inizio degli anni ’90. Una giratina in questa zona di Bologna, sia di giorno che di sera, fatela.

Se andate in orario di cena fermatevi a mangiare alla  Trattoria Fantoni in via Del Pratello 11/A: io non ho avuto modo di mangiarci dato che il sabato sera è chiusa (è aperta anche a pranzo) ma mi hanno detto essere una delle trattorie più tipiche della città, e i prezzi sono molto buoni.

Per il dopo cena, la movida bolognese di concentra in via Zamboni e in Piazza Giuseppe Verdi.

Cosa vedere a Bologna in due giorni – 2° GIORNO

Perché non iniziare la giornata con una visita a  Le Sette Chiese  di Bologna? A mio avviso questo è uno dei luoghi più belli e affascinanti di tutta la città, nonché uno dei luoghi più antichi di Bologna. Si tratta del complesso di Santo Stefano, che un tempo ospitava 7 edifici sacri dei quali oggi se ne sono conservati solamente 4. Assolutamente da visitare (ingresso gratuito).

Altre due chiese che consiglio di inserire nella lista delle cose da vedere a Bologna sono la Basilica di San Domenico , situata nella zona sud della città ma facilmente raggiungibile a piedi o in autobus, e il Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita , situato in pieno centro. All’interno di quest’ultimo si trova un’opera di assoluto valore storico artistico: Il Compianto sul Cristo morto  di Niccolò dell’Arca, un gruppo scultoreo di sette figure a grandezza naturale in terracotta.

Dopo pranzo (i consigli precedenti sono sempre validissimi) se è domenica , fate il  tour domenicale di “Succede solo a Bologna” : ne vale davvero la pena ed è gratuito (o meglio, a donazione libera). Il tour è organizzato da un’associazione no profit e grazie alle sue bravissime guide si ha la possibilità, tutte le domeniche, di andare alla scoperta di una Bologna misteriosa e insolita o delle sue chiese grazie agli itinerari “I 7 segreti di Bologna” e “I luoghi sacri e dannati“.

In alternativa potete dedicare il resto della giornata a una gita fuori porta sulla collina di San Luca , dove si trova il santuario della Madonna di San Luca (ingresso gratuito) e da dove si ha una favolosa visuale panoramica dall’alto di tutta la città di Bologna e dei colli bolognesi. E’ possibile raggiungere San Luca a piedi, con una bella passeggiata di circa 2 km lungo il famoso portico di via San Luca partendo dall’Arco del Meloncello (bus 20) oppure raggiungere Porta Saragozza (bus D e 33 dalla stazione centrale) o Villa Spada (bus 20 dal centro storico direzione Casalecchio) e poi col bus 58 raggiungere San Luca.

Dove dormire a Bologna

State cercando un  hotel a Bologna ? Per la scelta di un hotel dove dormire è sempre valido  Booking.com  per vedere se ci sono delle buone offerte.

Spero che questi miei consigli su cosa vedere a Bologna in due giorni vi siano di aiuto per organizzare il vostro viaggio. Se avete altri suggerimenti o cose da consigliare lasciate un commento qui sotto.

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Ciao Francesca, tra poco andro’ a visitare Bologna seguendo i tuoi consigli . Ho preso nota di tutto quello che hai segnalato. Ti ringrazio in anticipo certa che il tuo tour mi sara’ utile per scoprire questa bella citta’.

Ciao Daniela, grazie a te! Mi fa davvero tanto piacere e spero (ma ne sono sicura dai!) che potranno esserti di aiuto. Buona scoperta di Bologna! Se ti va scrivimi quando rientri così mi racconti 😉

Grazie la tua guida x Bologna è stata veramente utile.

Grazie Nicoletta, mi fa molto piacere! 🙂

Complimenti Francesca: splendida spiegazione e itinerario ben strutturato per i due giorni! Anch’io adoro scrivere e viaggiare (Bologna è una delle mie città preferite) ed ho appena iniziato un blog. Sarà rivolto agli anziani, visto che ho 67 anni.. ma è ugualmente splendido assaporare la bellezza e cercare di trasmetterla.. Vorrei segnalarti un’altra chicca di Bologna: Corte Isolani. “Tre frecce conficcate sul portico ligneo tra i più antichi della città evocano storie di amanti ed arcieri e segnano l’ingresso di Corte Isolani, uno splendido passaggio che collega Strada Maggiore a Piazza Santo Stefano. La leggenda narra che un marito tradito assoldò tre arcieri per vendicare il suo onore. Ma la moglie si presentò alla porta senza vesti e, per lo stupore, i tre arcieri sbagliarono la mira e conficcarono le frecce nel soffitto del portico. Un portico ligneo alto ben 9 metri, segnato oggi da una porta ogivale aperta nel 1877 dall’architetto Raffaele Faccioli. Quella porta coincide oggi con l’Ingresso di Corte Isolani, una luminosa “galleria”, tra cielo aperto e soffitti lignei, chiaro e magnifico esempio di architettura trecentesca. Un persorso tra storia, shopping, cultura I due Palazzi ospitano al piano terra botteghe e magazzini fino al 1999, quando un poderoso intervento di recupero curato dall’architetto Marina di Mottola trasforma gli ambienti originari in un passaggio pedonale di rara bellezza su cui affacciano negozi, uffici, abitazioni. Viene così restituito ai bolognesi uno degli angoli più suggestivi e poetici della città, per una passeggiata tra logge, cortili, bifore e androni che fanno di Corte Isolani un piacevole luogo di acquisti e di incontri.”

Secondo me è molto suggestivo, da non perdere! Complimenti ancora, buona serata, Emilia

Ciao Emilia, grazie infinite per il tuo commento. Non solo per la tua “chicca” su questo angolo di Bologna che non conoscevo ma anche per la tua idea di aprire un blog così di nicchia e per la tua limpida voglia di scrivere e trasmettere ciò che vuoi raccontare. Sono molto curiosa di leggerti, e ti faccio un grosso in bocca al lupo! Scrivimi e fammi sapere, ci tengo 😉

Ideale per una veloce toccata e fuga!! segno tutto e provvedo, con il frecciarossa è così vicina!!

Ciao a tutti,per il parcheggio posso consigliarvi il garage sotto l’autostazione, costa 13 euro al giorno, è situato ai piedi della montagnola e con un buon prezzo. Buona visita a tutti alla mia amata città

grazie dei consigli mi saranno utilissimi

Entro fine mese seguirò finalmente il tuo super itinerario. Ho però un consiglio reale da chiedere sui parcheggi. Io per forza di cose sono costretta ad andare in auto. Qualche indicazione? Alloggerò sabato sera alla casa di dedo. Grazie mille e bravissima!

Grazie Roberta per il bellissimo commento, e per voler testare il mio itinerario a Bologna. Per i parcheggi purtroppo però non so darti info: io sono andata in treno! Buon viaggio e a presto.

Carissima, abbiamo seguito passo passo i tuoi consigli … ci hai dato delle vere chicche e ci hai permesso di visitare tutto ciò che la città offre in 2 giorni…ho un cosiglio da aggiungere… per una cenetta carina, con musica dal vivo, ambiente divertente e menu ottimo (costo medio 40 euro MA NE VALE DAVVERO LA PENA)…andate al ristorante cafè Biaviati… veramente FANTASTICO!!! Se hai altri consigli per altre città scrivi pure… CIAO

Ciao vale, che bellissimo commento. Mi fa molto piacere che il mio itinerario di 2 giorni a Bologna vi sia stato utile. E grazie per il tuo consiglio culinario 🙂 Scrivimi per i tuoi prossimi viaggi, così se posso ti darò qualche nuovo consiglio. Ciao ciao

Abitiamo a 40 minuti di auto da Bologna e…non ci siamo mai stati “davvero”. Qualche toccata e fuga ma non l’abbiamo mai visitata davvero. Il tuo post sarà sicuramente uno stimolo per passarci un po’ più di tempo! Lisa&Ale

Ciao Lisa&Ale, allora non mi resta che augurarvi una bella visita a Bologna, e spero che questo articolo vi sia utile e di aiuto! Mi farebbe molto piacere se al vostro rientro mi scriveste un commento per raccontarci come è andata 😉 A presto!


Ciao Angelo, io al tempo alloggiai in un appartamento. Ti consiglierei di cercare su AirBnb o su altri siti di affitti casa, che spesso sono più comodi e convenienti rispetto al classico hotel! 😉

Ulteriore consiglio! Se volete vedere un negozio di abbigliamento che forse potrete trovare solo a Ny o Londra come tipo di proposta ,andate in piazza Aldrovandi 23 ! Alle spalle delle due torri il nome ė Black Stone ! La merce è cara ma potete vedere la massima espressione della moda internazionale del momento! Non roba tipo Gucci Prada ecc ecc ,ma vere e propri chicche che pochi possono capire!

Grazie per la segnalazione Alex.

Ciao, sono un ragazzo bolognese di 17 anni volevo semplice farti i complimenti per aver fatto un ottima guida! Da aggiungere ti consiglierei al Sabato pomeriggio il “concerto” di Beppe Maniglia di fianco al Nettuno che fa morire dalle risate!

Saluti Lorenzo

Grazie per esser passato di qui Lorenzo, e per aver lasciato il tuo “local tip” 🙂

Ciao, Vorrei andare il 1 e il 2 maggio. Una info… In passato sono stato a firenze e mi è costato di più il parcheggio della macchina per 3 giorni che l’hotel per me!A bologna si può accedere e parcheggiare oppure è meglio andare in treno? Grazie mille. Fabio.

Ciao Fabio, i parcheggi sono sempre una gran scocciatura ovunque vai! Io sono andata in treno, e ti consiglierei di fare altrettanto a meno che non trovi un hotel che ti offra il parcheggio incluso.

sono stata a Bologna lo scorso weekend…Ho seguito anche il tuo itinerario e ti voglio ringraziare…è stato perfetto. Purtroppo sulla terrazza di San Petronio non si può più accedere da 3 settimane e attenti alla biblioteca dell’Archiginasio perchè se siete a Bologna solo sabato e domenica potete andarci solo il sabato mattina perchè poi è chiuso. Vi consiglio anche Ristorante Victoria in Via Righi e ristorante e piadineria ca’pelletti dove si può acquistare anche la pasta fresca bolognese. Un saluto da Bari 🙂

Ciao Maddalena, mi fa molto piacere sapere che hai seguito anche tu il mio itinerario. Di san petronio immaginavo, l’avevo infatti segnalato nell’articolo. Grazie anche per le segnalazione sul dove mangiare! 🙂

Veramente esaustivo il tour Bologna!!! Verifichero’ tra poco!!

Ciao… Complimenti, una guida ben fatta e dettagliata. Sei stata veramente brava. Massimo. Ah dimenticavo!!!! Io sono di Bologna.

Grazie Massimo! Se hai altri consigli o posti da aggiungere i tuoi commenti sono i benvenuti! 🙂

Sulla terrazza panoramica di San Petronio ci si può ancora salire! si potrà fino a metà gennaio 2014, indicativamente. Io ci son salita proprio oggi! 🙂

Grazie per l’aggiornamento Silvia! 😉

cara Francesca, mio marito ed io abbiamo approfittato dei tuoi consigli. Ci sono stati molto utili nei 2 giorni bolognesi. Confermo che Bologna e’ una splendida citta’ che ci ha lasciato la voglia di tornarci. Ciao. Gabri

Ciao, lo scorso weekend con le mie cinque matte amiche siamo state a Bologna e abbiamo seguito passo passo il tuo itinerario, ristorante I Trebbi compreso. Volevamo ringraziarti perchè ci ha aiutato tantissimo a girare e a vedere tutto quello che di bello offre questa città. Per la nostra prossima vacanzina ci faremo nuovamente consigliare da te :-))))) A proposito, noi abbiamo anche fatto il giro sul City Tour, da consigliare!!!! Un caro saluto. Monica

Ciao Monica, ma che bello! Mi fa moltissimo piacere 🙂 Alla prossima!

Grazie per i suggerimenti e complimenti per un itinerario di scoperta della città ben fatto. Un unico appunto: la Romagna ed il romagnolo parlando di Bologna?

Grazie Dokblu, avrei forse dovuto scrivere emiliano 🙂

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Bologna, cosa vedere in 2 giorni

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È proprio vero: non si sente di conoscere bene un luogo o di amarlo profondamente finché non si è lasciato. Credevo che Bologna non mi sarebbe mancata, che andarmene sarebbe stato un sollievo. Ed è stato così, per un po’. Poi ho cominciato a cercarla in ogni scorcio, in ogni altra città che visitavo. Bologna mi è entrata sotto la pelle , come una scheggia di legno fastidiosa. Ma quella scheggia è diventata parte di me.

Cosa vedere a Bologna in due giorni

In questo articolo ho riunito le cose che rendono Bologna una città davvero speciale, da vivere non soltanto poche ore. Ecco cosa non devi assolutamente perdere se decidi di trascorrere due o tre giorni nel capoluogo emiliano.

Piazza Maggiore e la Fontana del Nettuno

Piazza Maggiore è il cuore pulsante di Bologna, un concentrato dell’architettura medievale che caratterizza la città. Sulla piazza si affacciano gli edifici più suggestivi: Palazzo del Podestà, con la Torre dell’Arengo in cima, Palazzo Re Enzo , Palazzo dei Banchi, Palazzo dei Notai e Palazzo d’Accursio , sede del Comune.

Fontana del Nettuno

Piazza Maggiore è adiacente a Piazza del Nettuno , dove si trova la fontana omonima, uno dei simboli della città. Fu costruita dall’artista fiammingo Giambologna a metà del 1500.

Sapevi che a Bologna ci sono 7 segreti da scoprire? Uno di questi è sotto il voltone di Palazzo del Podestà. Mettiti in uno degli angoli sotto la torre dell’Arengo, con la faccia rivolta verso la colonna. Chiedi a un tuo amico o un passante di fare lo stesso, disponendosi contro la colonna opposta in diagonale . Se provi a parlare, l’altra persona ti sentirà distintamente pur rimanendo nel suo angolo. Se non sai bene come fare, osserva i passanti: c’è sempre qualche turista impegnato nell’esperimento. 

Bologna, cosa vedere: Basilica di San Petronio

La Basilica di San Petronio si trova su Piazza Maggiore ed è la sesta chiesa più grande in Europa. A differenza della vicina cattedrale ( Cattedrale di San Pietro , su via Indipendenza), è una chiesa “civica”, cioè costruita dai privati cittadini di Bologna tra il 14esimo e il 15esimo secolo.

Bologna: Tour a piedi del centro città

Basilica di San Petronio

La facciata, incompiuta per la parte superiore, è forse una delle più belle in Italia, specialmente dopo il restauro che ha riportato i bianchi e i rosa alla loro purezza. Anche l’interno val bene… una visita: da non perdere la meridiana di Cassini , tracciata sul pavimento, niente meno che la più grande meridiana al mondo .

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Bologna, cosa vedere: Biblioteca Salaborsa

La Biblioteca Salaborsa , che si affaccia su Piazza del Nettuno, è un’oasi dove rifugiarsi nelle giornate di brutto tempo. Per me è semplicemente la biblioteca pubblica più bella d’Italia: un luogo in cui passeggiare tra scaffali di romanzi e guide turistiche, sfogliare riviste, aggirarsi incantati nell’enorme ala dedicata ai libri per bambini… All’interno ci sono anche un buon bar, degli scavi archeologici e tantissimi eventi e club del libro settimanali.

Bologna, cosa vedere: le due Torri, Asinelli e Garisenda

Le due torri di Bologna – la Garisenda e la Torre degli Asinelli – sono il simbolo indiscusso della città. Colpiscono per la loro pendenza, che non ha niente da invidiare alla cugina di Pisa.

Tour privato da Piazza Maggiore alle due Torri

Torri Bologna

Salire sulla torre degli Asinelli

Non dimenticare di salire in cima alla Torre degli Asinelli , ben 498 gradini. Qui puoi prenotare la tua visita e acquistare i biglietti in anticipo. La vista sul centro di Bologna è magnifica. Secondo la tradizione, chi sale sulla Asinelli prima della tesi non si laureerà mai, ma tu non crederci.

Visita alla torre e degustazione

Quante torri ci sono a Bologna?

Non tutti lo sanno, ma a Bologna ci sono altre 22 torri, mimetizzate nel tessuto cittadino. Nei secoli d’oro della città ce n’erano addirittura cento! Prova a immaginare… Una delle sopravvissute è la Torre Prendiparte, oggi esclusivo b&b e location per eventi.

Il tuo hotel a Bologna? Scopri le offerte

La finestrella di via Piella: uno dei sette segreti

Uno dei segreti meglio custoditi di Bologna – ma molto instagrammati – è la finestrella di via Piella , sul canale di Reno. Tra il 12esimo e il 14esimo secolo la città era attraversata da un sistema di canali che la collegavano al Po’, rifornendola d’accqua.

Finestrella di via Piella

Ancora oggi, alcuni tratti di questi canali spuntano tra due ali di case. Il canale di Reno si può vedere dagli affacci su via Guglielmo Oberdan e da una finestrella quadrata su via Piella. Da non perdere!

Il Quadrilatero di Bologna: tra shopping e cibo

Il cuore di Bologna è fatto di tortellini e tagliatelle, mortadella e crescentine. Se tuffarti nella gastronomia locale è la cosa che preferisci in un viaggio, devi assolutamente visitare il Quadrilatero di Bologna, l’ antico mercato dove avevano sede le corporazioni cittadine.

Salumerie, pastifici, pescherie, fiori, frutta e verdura: il Quadrilatero è una girandola di colori, odori e sapori. Il luogo ideale per il tuo shopping di bontà emiliane!

Bologna, cosa vedere: Archiginnasio e il Teatro Anatomico

L’ Archiginnasio  fu sede dell’antica Università. A testimonianza della sua lunga storia restano gli oltre 7.000 stemmi araldici di studenti e professori disseminati tra il cortile e i corridoi del palazzo.


All’interno si può visitare il suggestivo Teatro Anatomico , progettato nel 1637 per le lezioni universitarie di anatomia. Stupenda anche la sala affrescata dello Stabat Mater .

Teatro Anatomico e Stabat Mater Biglietto €3 Dal Lunedì al venerdì, 10 – 18; sabato, 10 – 19; domenica e festivi, 10 – 14

Piazza Santo Stefano: le sette chiese di Bologna

Piazza Santo Stefano è il mio luogo preferito a Bologna. Su di essa si affaccia la basilica omonima, anche detta delle sette chiese . Oggi in realtà le chiese sono soltanto quattro, una dentro l’altra come una scatola cinese, intervallate da suggestivi cortili. Un luogo in cui contemplare e meditare.

Piazza S. Stefano

Il secondo sabato e la seconda domenica del mese la piazza ospita il Mercato Antiquario di Bologna: da non perdere.

Bologna, cosa vedere: Giardini Margherita

I Giardini Margherita sono il più importante parco pubblico di Bologna. Un luogo in cui nei weekend di bel tempo tutta la città si ritrova per fare picnic e passeggiate.

D’estate, le Serre dei giardini diventano location speciale per aperitivi ed eventi. Insieme alla velostazione Dynamo , sono uno dei ritrovi preferiti dai giovani bolognesi e dagli studenti universitari.

Street art a Bologna

Sotto i portici, tra i vicoli e nelle periferie Bologna mostra il suo volto più giovane e graffiante. Quello della street art , che in città è più viva e apprezzata che mai.

Street art Bologna

Nuove opere nascono continuamente, tuttavia a questo indirizzo   è disponibile una mappatura abbastanza completa dei graffiti bolognesi. Da non perdere il ponte di via Stalingrado , un punto di riferimento per i murales a Bologna.

L’instagramer del mese: itsoriana_ e la poesia del quotidiano a Bologna

Il portico più lungo del mondo: il Santuario di San Luca

A Bologna ci sono ben 53 km di portici : il che significa che quando piove si può stare all’asciutto. Il portico più famoso è quello di San Luca , che con i suoi 3.796 m è anche il portico più lungo del mondo .

San Luca

Il mio consiglio è di dedicare a questa parte di Bologna una mezza giornata: prendi un autobus fino a Porta Saragozza e inizia da lì la tua ascesa al colle della Guardia . Scarpe comode e acqua in abbondanza: la salita tira. In cima alla collina si trova il Santuario della Madonna di S. Luca : da lassù la vista su Bologna è impareggiabile.

La Certosa di Bologna

Dulcis in fundo , il cimitero monumentale di Bologna, la Certosa . Si trova fuori dalle mura cittadine, ai piedi del colle della Guardia. Le sue tombe monumentali e i cortili sono una suggestione unica.

Dove mangiare a Bologna

Ma parliamo di cose serie: non si possono trascorrere due giorni a Bologna senza deliziarsi dei suoi prodotti tipici, soprattutto la pasta fresca uscita dalle mani sapienti delle sfogline. Dove mangiare senza spendere troppo? Scoprilo qui. 

Dove mangiare a Bologna

Il mio consiglio è di vivere il più possibile la città all’aperto, riempiendosi gli occhi dei suoi colori, dell’ atmosfera rilassata, festosa e creativa . I musei e i palazzi di Bologna ospitano spesso mostre interessanti: sul sito di BolognaWelcome trovi il calendario aggiornato con tutti gli eventi.

Hai altre domande o curiosità? Lascia un commento e risponderemo al più presto! Sei mai stato/a Bologna? Cosa ti è piaciuto di più?

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Cosa vedere a Bologna in un giorno: il tour passo passo


Cosa vedere a Bologna in un solo giorno? Come abbiamo già visto nella Guida Completa su Bologna , per visitare la città non avrete bisogno di spostarvi in auto, e nemmeno con i mezzi pubblici se non per arrivare dal vostro albergo al centro storico. Bologna infatti racchiude la maggior parte dei suoi tesori e delle sue bellezze nella parte più antica: una volta arrivati in centro potrete iniziare la vostra visita a piedi, passeggiando con calma sotto ai portici della città e godendovi ogni più piccolo dettaglio nascosto che Bologna ha da regalarvi. 

Un aspetto che non influenza troppo le visite in questa città è la pioggia: se non avete controllato il meteo Bologna prima di partire e la sfortuna ha voluto che iniziasse a piovere, beh sappiate che non c’è da preoccuparsi troppo perchè l’ombrello non vi sarebbe servito comunque. A Bologna infatti troverete portici praticamente ovunque: vi basterà ripararvi sotto ad essi per non bagnarvi e godervi ugualmente la vostra giornata!

Cosa vedere a Bologna in un giorno

Vi state chiedendo cosa vedere a Bologna in un solo giorno? Non preoccupatevi: anche se la città è grande e le cose da ammirare sono parecchie, una giornata può essere più che sufficiente per scoprire Bologna e godersi la visita in tutta tranquillità! La maggior parte delle attrazioni e dei monumenti si trovano infatti nel centro storico , quindi vi basterà seguire la nostra guida per riuscire ad ammirare tutte le cose più importanti e non perdere tempo inutilmente. 

Cosa vedere a Bologna in un giorno quindi? Il tour che vi proponiamo oggi parte dalla Stazione Centrale, facile da raggiungere e molto vicina al centro storico della città. Da qui, percorreremo via Indipendenza fino ad arrivare in Piazza Maggiore , quindi faremo un salto al Quadrilatero per immergerci nell’atmosfera del mercato  e saliremo sulla Torre degli Asinelli , uno dei simboli della città. Andremo poi ad ammirare Piazza Santo Stefano , conosciuta anche come la Piazza delle Sette Chiese. 

Nel corso della visita, attraverseremo alcuni punti davvero curiosi: si tratta di alcuni dei 7 segreti di Bologna , fenomeni particolari che generalmente attirano le simpatie dei turisti. 

Prima Tappa: la Montagnola e via Indipendenza


Tappa 2: Piazza Maggiore


Di fronte alla Basilica, potrete poi ammirare il Palazzo del Podestà , che risale al 1200. Qui troverete un altro segreto di Bologna: sotto la torre dell’Arengo , ma anche questo ve lo sveleremo alla fine!

Terza Tappa: il Quadrilatero e la Torre degli Asinelli


Dopo il giretto al Quadrilatero, vi consiglio di salire sulla Torre degli Asinelli : si tratta della torre pendente più alta d’Italia, alta 97,20 metri. Per arrivare in cima alla torre, dovrete acquistare il biglietto al costo di 3 euro e salire 498 gradini: lo spettacolo che vi attende però vi ripagherà della fatica perchè potrete ammirare Bologna dall’alto e godervi un panorama davvero magnifico!

Quarta Tappa: Piazza Santo Stefano


I segreti di Bologna


Prima di tutto, la Statua del Nettuno (ricordate? L’abbiamo vista nella Seconda Tappa) se osservata da una determinata prospettiva, presenta una particolarità divertente: il dito del Nettuno sembra infatti un fallo in erezione! 

Un altro segreto potrete ammirarlo in via Piella : ad un certo punto noterete una finestrella e guardandoci dentro vi sembrerà di avere davanti uno scorcio di Venezia!

Infine, sotto alla torre dell’Arengo del Palazzo Podestà , sicuramente troverete delle persone intente a sussurrare e ridere: questo perchè, per un bizzarro effetto acustico, è possibile sentirsi da un lato all’altro della volta!

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Vista panoramica di Piazza Maggiore a Bologna

Come visitare Bologna:

I modi migliori per scoprire la città sono:

é, a mio parere, il mezzo migliore per raggiungere Bologna. La stazione si trova a pochi minuti dal centro storico.

è la miglior maniera di scoprire i segreti e gli angoli più affascinanti di questa incantevole città medievale.

Per le lunghe distanze scegli il bus. Un mezzo molto comodo, economico e puntuale che, ti permetterà, di visitare anche la periferia di Bologna.

Benvenuti a Bologna , la città dell’arte e della gastronomia!

In questo articolo troverai consigli utili per organizzare, un perfetto itinerario alla scoperta del centro storico di Bologna in due giorni .

Mi é capitato di visitare l’incantevole città emiliana , diverse volte ma, a malincuore é sempre stato per pochi giorni.

Ecco perché, nei diversi viaggi, ho scelto di dividere la città in settori, così, da poter scoprirne i suoi meravigliosi dettagli da diverse prospettive.

Quello che ti propongo oggi é un itinerario specifico del centro storico . Ti guiderò tra i vicoli ed i monumenti più famosi ed in soli due giorni, avrai la possibilità di conoscere dettagli incredibili di Bologna. 

Ma, prima di addentrarci, nei dettagli di queste due giornate Bolognesi , se ancora non mi conosci, concedimi solo qualche secondo, per presentarmi brevemente. 

Io sono  Mary ,  Travel Blogger, Travel Content Creator e Tour Leader .

Come avrai già capito, la mia più grande passione sono i viaggi .

Vivo, delle  emozioni, che ogni luogo sa regalarmi. Ed, al ritorno da ogni mio viaggio, mi, trasformo in una  Storyteller , per raccontarti la mia esperienza.

Attraverso i miei articoli, ti aiuterò ad approfondire la conoscenza del luogo e della sua storia.

Grazie a leggende, particolarità e dettagli, ti darò la possibilità di guardare con occhi diversi ciò che ti circonda; insomma un viaggio nel viaggio

Grazie per aver letto fin qui.

A questo punto non resta che, addentrarci nei dettagli di questo itinerario, partendo proprio da:

Come arrivare a Bologna:

Che tu preferisca viaggiare in aereo , in treno , in autobus o in macchina , sappi che:

Bologna è facilmente raggiungibile da molte destinazioni in Italia e in Europa .

Grazie ai suoi eccellenti collegamenti di trasporto, potrai pianificare il tuo viaggio e, scegliere il mezzo di trasporto che meglio si adatta alle tue esigenze. 

Potrai raggiungere Bologna :

  • IN AEREO l'aeroporto di Bologna è ben collegato con molte città italiane ed europee, con voli regolari operati da diverse compagnie aeree. Una volta atterrati, ci sono molte opzioni di trasporto per arrivare in città, tra cui taxi, autobus e navette dirette.

Se non hai bagagli pesanti ma, un comodissimo zaino, potrai anche scegliere la bici elettrica. Perché, forse non lo sai ma, Bologna ha un efficiente servizio che collega l’aeroporto al centro città .

  • IN TRENO Bologna ha una stazione ferroviaria principale (Bologna Centrale) che è ben collegata, con molte città sia italiane che europee. La stazione ferroviaria si trova a pochi minuti a piedi dal centro storico di Bologna, quindi, una volta arrivato/a, potrai facilmente raggiungere la maggior parte delle attrazioni turistiche.

Ovviamente, qualora tu non voglia camminare oppure per altre ragioni tu non possa camminare, sappi che il trasporto pubblico é davvero funzionale .

  • IN AUTOBUS Bologna è ben collegata con molte città. sia italiane che europee e, grazie alle numerose compagnie di autobus, che operano nella regione, potrai valutare anche questa soluzione (spesso tra le piuù economiche). La stazione degli autobus, si trova a pochi metri da quella ferroviaria, duqnue come ti ho descritto poche righe sopra, sei vicinissimo/a al centro città.

Altro mezzo di trasporto , con il quale potrai raggiungere Bologna é:

  • IN AUTO essendo ben collegata alla rete autostradale italiana, potrai decidere di raggiungere Bologna in auto, da molte destinazioni italiane ed europee. Per arrivare nel pieno centro storico, potrai parcheggiare, in uno dei molti parcheggi (sotterranei e non). A questo punto, valuta quanto tempo potrai restare, acquista il tuo biglietto e, sarai pronto/a per dedicarti all'esplorazione della città a piedi oppure, utilizzando i mezzi pubblici.

Io ho scelto di viaggiare in treno .

In questo modo:

  • ho evitato lo stress di guidare per molte ore,
  • di cercare parcheggio (cosa che io odio),
  • di perdere tempo prezioso,
  • inoltre, prenotando qualche settimana in anticipo, ho potuto approfittare di promozioni vantaggiose,
  • e, la cosa che amo di più del treno é, godermi il viaggio, guardando dal finestrino, come il paesaggio cambia!

Sono curiosa di sapere che mezzo di trasporto preferisci utilizzare, quando viaggi. Scrivimelo nei commenti, sarò felice di leggerti!

Altra cosa che amo fare, é scoprire le città a piedi, ed ovviamente non potevo che approfittarne visto che Bologna é una delle migliori città italiane da visitare con calma e camminando.

E, lo consiglio anche a te, perché questa è una vera e propria esperienza, capace di farci scoprire la bellezza e la storia della città.

Palazzo D'Accursio (Bologna) Itinerario

Che tu sia amante della storia, della cultura o della gastronomia, questa città ha tutto quello che cerchi.

Preparati a scoprire il meglio di Bologna attraverso il mio itinerario a piedi di due giorni!

Questo itinerario é perfetto, se vorrai trascorrere la città emiliana in un weekend.

Itinerario Giorno 1:

  • Partendo dalla stazione, il primo punto turistico, é una grande scalinata che, conduce al Parco della Montagnola.
  • Subito dopo, attraversa Via dell'Indipendenza (Via dello shopping).
  • Continua la passeggiata e, senza accorgertene, sarai nel cuore della città: Piazza Grande, con la sua chiesa di San Petronio e con la maestosa Fontana del Nettuno.
  • A questo punto, goditi un pò di divertimento, "giocando" al famoso telefono senza fili, sotto il Palazzo del Podestà.
  • E' arrivata l'ora di pranzo. Ti consiglio di iniziare ad assaggiare le prelibatezze locali. Tra qualche riga ti consiglierò alcuni posticini.
  • Ora immergiti nella storia. Dedica un pò del tuo tempo, a visitare l'interno della Biblioteca Comunale Archiginnasio. Un luogo senza tempo che, attraverso i suoi soffitti affrescati, racconta la storia di Bologna e del suo passato glorioso.
  • A questo punto goditi la città. Passeggia per i suoi vicoli, respira l'atmosfera ed approfittane per assaggiare, qualche altro delizioso piatto tipico bolognese.
  • Se, il tuo hotel non é in centro (come nel mio caso), scegli di raggiungerlo in autobus. Un servizio comodissimo ed economico.

Itinerario Giorno 2:

  • Probabilmente, se avrai scelto di fare questo viaggio nel weekend, oggi sarà domenica. Quindi ti consiglio, come primo punto turistico della giornata, una visita al Museo, dedicato alla strage di Ustica. L'ingresso é gratuito ma é necessaria la prenotazione.
  • Subito dopo, riprendi il bus e, dirigiti verso il centro storico, dove potrai completare l'itinerario, ripartendo dai luoghi non visti ieri.
  • Arrivato/a in Piazza Grande, potresti entrare e, visitare l'interno, della Basilica di San Petronio.
  • Oppure, per una strepitosa vista su Piazza Maggiore, potresti entrare dentro Palazzo d'Accursio. Dove resterai ammaliato/a, dalle sue sale affrescate e ricche di dettagli storici.
  • Se questo non dovesse bastarti, allora potrai acquistare il biglietto per salire sulla torre di Palazzo d'Accursio, per una vista ancora più bella.
  • Sarà ora di pranzo e, dunque, é tempo di tuffarsi nella via dei localini dove, degustare altri piatti favolosi.
  • A, questo punto, ti resteranno poche ore da dedicare alla città, quindi ti consiglio di dirigerti verso Piazza Grande proseguendo per via d'Azeglio, dove sarai accompagnato/a dalle parole, delle canzoni, di Lucio Dalla. Poi, fermati ad osservare, il suo monumento-ombra, fuori da quello che, era il suo studio.
  • Subito dopo, prosegui verso Piazza Cavour ed alza lo sguardo. Qui potrai ammirare i meravigliosi portici affrescati, più belli della città (Patrimonio Unesco).
  • Mentre passeggi, raggiungi il Parco in Piazza Cavour dove, seduto sulla sua panchina, troverai il monumento dedicato al grande Lucio Dalla.
  • E, tornando indietro, fermati davanti un altro simbolo di Bologna: la Torre degli Asinelli.
  • A questo punto ti resta un'ultima cosa da vedere. Prima di tornare alla stazione, fai una piccola deviazione e dirigiti verso "via Piella" (luogo storico divenuto famoso solo di recente per un piccolo dettaglio: la finestrella affacciata sul canale, in stile piccola Venezia).

Tortellini alla crema di parmigiano. Ristorante da Tamburini a Bologna

Per un perfetto itinerario alla scoperta di Bologna in due giorni, non potevano mancare anche consigli riguardanti:

Dove mangiare a Bologna:

  • Da Tamburini Perfetto per assaggiare i migliori piatti tipici della tradizione Bolognese. Dai tortellini alle tagliatelle, dalle tigelle ai tortelloni, avrai sicuramente l'imbarazzo della scelta. Si trova in Via Caprarie1. Non serve prenotare ma preparati a fare un po' di fila. Prezzi da €9.50
  • Da Ragù Bologna Propone ottimi piatti, rigorosamente, a base di ragù. Si trova in Via Goito 9b. Potrai scegliere di consumare sul posto oppure approfittare del servizio d'asporto. Prezzi da €8
  • Da Mortadella Lab Il regno del panino alla Mortadella. Qui, accompagnati da formaggi e verdure, potrai tuffarti nel foodporn. Si trova in Via dei Monaco 1c.b Prezzi da €4,50
  • Indegno Crescentine 2.0 Il gusto autentico delle classiche crescentine bolognesi. Un ottimo Street food, fritto, ma leggero e digeribile. Puoi gustarle con salumi vari ed approfittare di alcune promozioni, per assaggiarne diversi gusti; io ti consiglio includere, ovviamente, le crescentine alla Mortadella. Si trova in Via del Pratello 84/A Prezzi da €3,90

A questo punto, hai tutte le informazioni necessarie per organizzare il tuo itinerario Bolognese .

Se hai voglia di scoprire maggiori dettagli ed approfondire la storia dei principali monumenti, con qualche dettaglio curioso in più, ti invito ad andare sul mio profilo Instagram . 

Intanto raccoglierò i miei appunti per scrivere nuovo ed interessante articolo, sulla curiosità Bolognesi.

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Ciao Sono Mary, autrice del blog una valigia piena di viaggi. Qui troverai i racconti dei miei viaggi con l'aggiunta di dettagli personali e curiosità riguardanti i luoghi che visito. Condividerò con te i miei personali itinerari e consigli di viaggio in base alle esperienza che vivrò.

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  • by Jenoa Matthes

View of Bologna from the Asinelli Tower during 3 days in Bologna itinerary

Are you planning to visit Bologna for a few days? Bologna is one of our favorite cities in Italy. In total, we’ve spent over 2 months here, exploring and eating our way through this beautiful city.

With 3 days in Bologna, you have plenty of time to see the main sites, eat at some of the city’s top restaurants, and do a foodie day trip to meet local producers.

This 3-day Bologna itinerary includes the best things to do in Bologna, delicious places to eat, our top hotel picks, and practical information to help you have the best experience.

3 Days in Bologna Itinerary Overview

Here is an overview of the best things to do in Bologna in 3 days. These are all included in this itinerary.

  • Bologna Food Tour
  • Piazza Maggiore
  • Neptune’s Fountain
  • Basilica di San Petronio
  • Archiginnasio Palace
  • Asinelli Tower
  • Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca
  • Quadrilatero
  • Palazzo d’Accursio & Clock Tower
  • Seven Churches of Santo Stefano
  • La Piccola Venezia
  • Foodie Day Trip to Modena and Parma

Day 1 Bologna Itinerary

Day 1 Overview: Food Tour, Piazza Maggiore, Archiginnasio Palace, and the Asinelli Tower

The first two days in this guide are the same as our 2 Days in Bologna itinerary.

Go on a Food Tour

Bologna food tour in the Quadrilatero.

What better way to get to know Italy’s foodie capital than by going on a food tour? We always recommend booking a food tour on your first day in Bologna.

It’s a great way to taste a sampling of the local cuisine and to get to know your way around the city center.

We have taken this Classic Bologna Food Tour twice, and we loved the variety of foods we got to try.

On the tour, you’ll try some delicious local coffee, meet sfoglinas (pasta makers), walk through the market, visit the oldest bar in Bologna, taste some tagliatelle al ragu, and learn about the history of the city while you’re at it.

Spoiler alert – you’ll be extremely full by the end of the tour!

Book our favorite Food Tour in Bologna here !

Walk around Piazza Maggiore

The Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, Italy.

Dating back to the 13th century, Piazza Maggiore is the main square in Bologna. The piazza is home to some of the post important buildings in the city, including Palazzo Re Enzo, Palazzo d’Accursio (the town hall), and the Basilica di San Petronio.

In the corner of the square, just across from Palazzo Re Enzo, is Palazzo del Nettuno where you’ll find Neptune’s Fountain. The fountain features a bronze statue of the Roman god of the sea – Neptune.

Neptune's Fountain in the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, Italy.

It was commissioned by the Pope in the 15th century and is a reminder of the Catholic church’s power and significance in Italy and around the world.

If you need a place to relax, then sit down at one of the bars in the Piazza Maggiore, order a drink or snack, and enjoy some people watching. Because of the location, the prices are a bit higher than other local bars, but the views are worth it in our opinion.

READ ALSO: Best Things to do in Bologna

Go inside Basilica di San Petronio

Basilica di San PEtronio in Bologna, italy

At the heart of Piazza Maggiore is the Basilica di San Petronio. This is the main church in Bologna and is one of the largest churches in the world.

As you may notice from the exterior, the church is incomplete. Construction on the basilica started in the 14th century but was never completed due to various reasons.

One of the famous legends is that Pope Pius IV stopped construction on the church because it was going to be bigger than St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Hence, it was never finished.

There are a couple of things that are worth seeing inside of the church. The first is the 67-meter-long meridian line that was designed by Gian Domenico Cassini.

The meridian line inside of the Basilica di San Petronio in Bologna italy

On a sunny day around noon, there is a tiny circle of light that shines along the line showing the date and time of year. The position changes daily with the movement of the sun.

The second thing you must visit is the Chapel of the Magi. For a small fee, you can step inside of the chapel and see one of the most controversial artworks in Bologna called “Heaven and Hell” by Giovvani di Pietro.

This fresco depicts Dante’s “Inferno” and shows a large monstrous looking creature eating humans in hell and saints looking down from heaven above.

Opening hours:  Everyday from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm / 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm Ticket price:  Access to the main church is free. €5 fee to visit the museum, which includes Magi’s Chapel (Bolognini), Saint Sebastian’s Chapel, Saint Vincent Chapel Address:  Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy

Visit the Archiginnasio Palace

Anatomical Theater at the University of Bologna

One of the main attractions in Bologna is the Archiginnasio Palace. This beautiful palace is home to the original Bologna University – the world’s oldest university.

You can visit the main floor for free. The walls are covered in coats of arms that represent students who attended the university in from the 16th to 18th centuries.

Make your way up the stairs to the second level and purchase your ticket to visit the Anatomical Theater. We suggest reserving your tickets online in advance if you are visiting during the summer peak season.

The Anatomical Theater is a spectacular room completely decorated with wood paneling and wooden statues. At the center of the room is a marble table that was specifically designed to dissect corpses for anatomy lectures that were held here.

University of Bologna

Continue down the hall, admiring the frescoed ceilings and the detailed coats of arms along the walls. At the other end is Stabat Mater Hall. Classes on law were held in this room, and today conferences and other lectures are hosted here.

Peek inside the door at the far end of Stabat Mater Hall to get a glimpse into the Municipal Library. Unfortunately, only students and staff can visit the library, but it’s cool to see nonetheless.

Opening hours:  Monday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Ticket prices:  €3 per person Address:  Piazza Galvani, 1, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy

Climb the Asinelli Tower

View from the asinelli tower in bologna italy

The Asinelli Tower, located at the end of Via Rizzoli, is one of the few towers still standing in Bologna. Back in the Middle Ages, there were around 180 towers in Bologna. The towers represented the wealth and power of prominent families in the city.

The Asinelli tower is 97.2 meters tall making it the tallest tower in Bologna. You can climb the 498 steps to the top for amazing panoramic views overlooking the historic center and the surrounding hills.

We recommend climbing the tower near the end of the day when the lighting is best for photos. Don’t forget your camera!

View of the two towers in Bologna

Standing next to the Asinelli Tower is the Garisenda Tower. Together these are known as Le Due Torri, or two towers.

It’s easy to spot the Garisenda Tower because it’s leaning. In fact, since the 14th century, people have been worried about it collapsing, but it hasn’t yet!

Book your tickets for the Asinneli Tower online at the  official website . We highly recommend reserving in advance, as time slots book up quickly.

*Winter 2024 Update – The tower is currently closed for renovations. Therefore, it is not possible to climb to the top until the works are completed.

Opening hours:  10:00am – 5:15pm (fall and winter hours vary) Ticket price:  €5 per person Address:  P.za di Porta Ravegnana, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy

Day 2 Bologna Itinerary

Day 2 Overview: Portico di San Luca, Quadrilatero, Palazzo d’Accursio, Santo Stefano Complex, La Piccola Venezia

Walk to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca in Bologna

One of our favorite things to do in Bologna is to walk the Portico di San Luca. We’ve done this three times now, and it’s one of our favorite activities in all of Italy.

The Portico di San Luca is the longest portico, or covered walkway, in the world. From start to finish, the portico is around 3.8km (2.4 miles) long and has a total of 666 arches.

Get up early and start the walk before or around 9AM to beat the rush. Also, if you’re visiting during the summer, you want to start early to avoid the afternoon heat.

Start your journey from your hotel, or from the Piazza Maggiore, and follow the route on Google Maps until you reach Porta Saragozza. This is the official starting point of the portico and the walk.

From here, get ready to hike. There are a mix of stairs and uphill climbs until you reach the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca at the top of the Colle della Guardia hill.

View of the Portico di San Luca in Bologna

It takes around 1.5 hours to reach the top from the city center. Make sure to bring snacks and water, as you’ll need it along the way.

You can also stop along the way at a cafe, such as Bar Billi , for a snack and drink.

Once you’re at the top, you can visit the inside of the church and even go to the top of the dome for small fee.

Tip: Wear comfortable walking shoes! This is a long, uphill walk, and your feet will get tired.

San Luca Express Train

If you’re not interested in walking the Portico di San Luca, then you can take the San Luca Express train instead. This tourist train departs from the Piazza Maggiore every 40 minutes, depending on the time of day, and takes about 20-40 minutes to reach the top.

San Luca Express train bologna

We’ve taken the train a couple of times and it’s a great alternative to walking. You still get to enjoy the views without having to walk to the top.

Round trip tickets cost €12. Book your train tickets  in advance, or you can book your tickets in person at the Piazza Maggiore. Try to reserve online beforehand, as these tend to sell out during peak season.

Read our full guide on walking the Portico di San Luca.

Opening hours:  Everyday from 7:00am – 7:00pm Ticket Price:  The basilica is free to visit | €5 fee to climb to the top of the dome Address:  Via di San Luca, 36, 40135 Bologna BO, Italy

Explore the Quadrilatero

quadrilatero market in bologna

The Quadrilatero is the oldest outdoor market in Bologna. Located adjacent to Piazza Maggiore, take your time to wander around, shop for some food souvenirs , and browse the different food stalls.

Locals sell everything from traditional balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Mortadella to fresh produce and fish. You can see locals lined up to buy fish at the fish market in the mornings.

Tip: You can find Parmigiano Reggiano that is vacuum packed and sealed, so you can take it home with you.

The streets in the quadrilatero in bologna

If you are looking for a simple and quick lunch, we recommend getting an outdoor table at Salumeria Simoni . Order one of their charcuterie boards with cured meats and cheese to get a taste of some of the foods from the Emilia Romagna region.

Here are a few of our favorite shops in the Quadrilatero:

  • Osteria del Sole – This is the oldest bar in Bologna where you can bring your own food and purchase drinks at the bar.
  • Tamburini – A mini market selling a fantastic selection of local goods.
  • Ancient Aguzzeria Horse – Our favorite place to buy pasta tools, such as pasta stamps and rollers.
  • Roccati – A wonderful chocolate shop. Try their Gianduja chocolate, my personal favorite.

Visit the Clock Tower and Palazzo d’Accursio

View of the Palazzo d'Accursio from the main square in Bologna

In the Piazza Maggiore, there is a large clock tower overlooking the square. Reserve tickets and climb to the top of the tower for a great view of the piazza.

The building connected to the clock tower is the Palazzo d’Accursio. This is Bologna’s town hall, and on the top level you’ll also find the Municipal Art Collections.

In our opinion, the Palazzo d’Accursio is one of the best hidden gems

in Bologna. The museum is made of up of a series of well-decorated rooms with gorgeous furniture. Artworks and artifacts flank the walls but the real showstopper is the frescoed ceilings.

Palazzo d'Accursio Bologna

I’ve been here a couple of times, and it’s a must visit during your three days in Bologna.

You need to pre-book a time slot to climb up the clock tower. Reserve your tickets online at the official website .

If you’re visiting during the fall and winter, you can just book tickets in person.

Opening hours:  Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00am – 5:00pm Ticket prices:  €8 for both the clock tower and art collections Address:  Piazza Maggiore, 6, 40121 Bologna BO, Italy

Visit the Seven Churches of Santo Stefano

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This Santo Stefano complex comprises of seven churches dating back to the 5th century. Step inside and make your way through the seven churches, noticing the difference in architecture, as each one was built in a different time period.

The oldest of the seven churches it the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Built in the 5th century, this is a replica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

The Santo Stefano Complex is open daily and is free to visit.

Opening hours:  Tuesday – Sunday from 9:30am – 12:30pm and 2:30pm – 7:00pm | Monday 6:00pm – 7:30pm (only the basilica is open this day) Ticket price:  Free Address:  Complesso di Santo Stefano Via Santo Stefano, 24 – 40125

Get Gelato at Cremeria Santo Stefano

Cone of chocolate gelato in Bologna, Italy

Bologna is home to over 100 gelato shops! This is quite a feat considering the city isn’t that big.

You can’t visit Bologna without getting gelato from the best gelato shop in the city – Cremeria Santo Stefano.

Just a short walk from the Santo Stefano Church complex, Cremeria Santo Stefano’s gelato is known for its unique flavors and excellent texture and consistency.

In our opinion, it’s the best gelato in Italy, and Bologna locals agree with us.

There is often a line, especially on the weekends, so be prepared to wait for a bit.

Our go-to flavors are Caffe Bianco and Crema Libanese. Their seasonal flavors like pomegranate, chestnut, and pumpkin are also worth trying!

READ ALSO: 8 Best Gelato Shops in Bologna

Wander the Porticoes

Beautiful porticoes in Bologna, Italy

After getting your gelato, take some time to explore the less touristy parts of Bologna. Wander underneath the city’s porticoes that feel like an endless maze and experience the local neighborhoods.

There are over 62km (38 miles) of porticoes in Bologna, and recently, in 2021, they were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of the most beautifully decorated porticoes is in Piazza Cavour. Look up and admire the colorful, detailed frescoes along the ceiling.

READ ALSO: Best Museums in Bologna, Italy

Find the Hidden Canals

The hidden canal in Bologna with a beautiful view of the orange-hued buildings.

Surprisingly, there are over 60km (37 miles) of canals in Bologna. Back in the 12th century, these canals were mainly used to power mills in the city for grinding flour and other necessities.

Almost all of the canals are covered now, and they run underneath Bologna’s city center. To get an idea of what Bologna looked like during the Middle Ages, head to La Piccola Venezia to see one of the remaining uncovered canals.

Peek through this tiny window for a great photo opportunity, or simply enjoy the view.

wine tasting in Bologna, Italy

For one of the most unique experiences in Bologna, head to Osteria del Sole for aperitivo. In Italy, aperitivo is a pre-dinner drink and social outing.

Osteria del Sole is the oldest bar in Bologna, dating back to 1465. You won’t find any food at this bar. The rule is you bring your own food and buy the drinks here.

Get a Pignoletto (white sparkling wine) or Lambrusco (red sparkling wine) – both local to Emilia Romagna.

They also serve Champagne, liquor, and beer.

Here are a couple of other options for aperitivo in Bologna:

  • Camera A Sud

Day 3 Bologna Itinerary

With three days in Bologna, you have time for either a foodie day trip to meet local producers. Or you can stay in Bologna and take a morning cooking class and visit some more of the city’s sites.

We outline both options below.

Option #1: Foodie Day Trip

Parmesan cheese wheels in Parma, Italy

No trip to Italy’s food capital is complete without a foodie day trip to the Emilia Romagna countryside. Visit local producers, taste Parmesan cheese, Prosciutto, and traditional balsamic vinegar straight from the source.

We have done four different tours to the producers in the region, and we could do it four more times. It’s truly the best way to experience the passion and hard work that goes into making these iconic Italian foods.

We recommend booking this Bologna Food Experience.

This full-day tour departs from Bologna and takes you to the hills of Modena and the flatlands of Parma. You’ll visit a Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese factory in the morning to watch how it’s made.

Afterwards, you’ll visit a Prosciutto factory where you’ll get to taste one of the most delicious cured meats, followed by a lunch.

Finally, you’ll go to an acetaia, a traditional vinegar house, for a tasting of traditional balsamic vinegar. Trust us – it’s unlike anything you’ve ever had.

Option #2: Cooking Class + Museums

Your second options is to take a cooking class in Bologna and spend more time visiting some of the sites in the city.

Take a cooking class

Tortelli pasta cooking class in Emilia Romagna

Put your cooking skills to the test and learn how to make authentic Bolognese pasta. We’ve done several cooking classes in Bologna, and we make fresh pasta on a weekly basis at home!

We recommend booking this Pasta Cooking Class where you’ll learn to make homemade pasta in a local’s home.

Church of Santa Maria della Vita

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Another hidden gem in Bologna is the Church of Santa Maria della Vita. This unassuming church is home to one of the most significant Renaissance sculptures, “The Lamentation Over the Dead Christ” by Niccolò dell’Arca.

This 15th century sculpture captures so much emotion and shows the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene mourning over the death of Jesus.

You can find more information about the church on the official website.

Opening hours:  Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am – 18:30pm (last entry at 18.00) Ticket prices:  €5 to visit the Lamentation of Niccolò Dell’Arca | €9 to visit the Lamentation of Niccolò Dell’Arca and Oratorio dei Battuti Address:  Via Clavature, 8/10, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy

Pinacoteca Nazionale

Pinacotecta in Bologna

Located near the university district, the Pinacoteca Nazionale is the National Art Gallery in Bologna. It features some of the most important artworks in the city, including from the Renaissance and Baraoque periods.

Book your tickets online  on the official site  or in person at the museum. No need to reserve in advance.

Opening hours:  Tuesday – Sunday from 9am – 7pm (Wednesdays from 9am – 2pm) Ticket prices:  €8 for adults | €2 for kids | Free with Bologna Welcome Card Address:  Via delle Belle Arti, 56, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy

Map of Bologna

From the best places to eat in Bologna to the city’s main attractions, use this map to help guide you through this 3 days in Bologna itinerary.

To save the map to Google Maps on your phone or computer, click on the star next to the title. Once you do this, you’ll be able to find the map in your “saved maps” list on your phone.

To see a list of all the items on the map, click the box with arrow on the left. To enlarge the map, click the box on the right.

How to Get Around Bologna

Everything on this itinerary is within a 10-20 minute walk. There is no need to use public transportation.

The only exception is the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, which sits atop the hill. You can either take the tourist train or do the 1.5 hour walk to the top.

There is a bus system in Bologna if needed. You can purchase physical tickets at any tobacco shop, or you can pay with contactless payment on the bus.

How to Get to Bologna

Piazzale Ovest in Bologna Train Station

Bologna is well-connected with the rest of Europe via its train station and international airport. Here are some tips on getting to Bologna, Italy.

Getting to Bologna by train

The train is the best and most convenient way to get to Bologna if you are already in Italy.

Bologna Centrale train station is a major hub in northern Italy. With Bologna’s central location, it’s quick to get from other major cities like Milan, Florence, Venice, and even Rome.

Here are some popular train routes:

  • Milan to Bologna train : High-speed train takes between 1h 5min to 1h 21min | Regional train takes 2h 50min
  • Florence to Bologna train: High-speed train takes 38 minutes | Regional train takes 1h 27min
  • Venice to Bologna train: High-speed train takes 1h 33min | Regional train takes 2h 6min’

Getting from Florence to Bologna is the quickest route, and is even a popular day trip.

Book your tickets on the Trenitalia website or app beforehand. This is the official site to book trains in Italy. We suggest booking your tickets at least a week in advance for regional trains and three weeks in advance for high-speed trains.

Planning last minute? You can purchase your tickets at the Bologna Central station on the day of. Just make sure to arrive a bit earlier to give yourself extra time to buy the tickets.

Getting to Bologna by car

We do not recommend driving to Bologna. The train is much easier to navigate than having to worry about parking and driving in a bigger Italian city.

With that being said, if you do rent a car, then park in a garage near the train station. You cannot drive in the city center as these are restricted zones. You’ll most likely end up getting a ticket.

You can easily book a car rental just for the day through Discover Cars , our go-to rental site for cars in Italy. We’ve done this several times and have only had positive experiences.

Getting to Bologna by plane

Are you starting your Italy trip in Bologna? The Bologna Guglielmo Marconi airport is close to the city center and connects you with the rest of Europe.

To get from the Bologna airport to the city center , you’ll want to take the Marconi Express train from to the Bologna train station.

Marconi Express entrance

The train runs every 7 minutes throughout the day and costs €11 each way or €20 round trip. You can review the timetable and book your tickets  here . You can also use contactless payment to purchase your tickets at the station. We used our credit card and it was super easy!

The monorail drops you off at Bologna train station. From here, it’s a 15-20 minute walk to the center of the city.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the airport to your accommodation. It takes around 15-20 minutes and is pretty reasonably priced.

Where to Eat in Bologna

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The Bologna restaurant scene is fantastic. With 3 days in Bologna, you have the opportunity to try quite a few restaurants. However, it can be hard choosing the best places.

Luckily, we’ve eaten our way through Bologna over the course of 2 months, and we’re sharing our list of the top places to eat below. For more options, check out our guide to the 35 Best Restaurants in Bologna.

  • Caffe Terzi – Our favorite cafe in Bologna that makes an amazing cappucinno and brioche. Perfect for breakfast.
  • Salumeria Simoni – The best place to go to get a charcuterie board.
  • Trattoria da me – A great place to get crescentina and cured meats, plus local specialties like friggione.
  • All’ Osteria Bottega – Hands down, one of the best Bologna restaurants and one that we go back to every time we are in the city. Every dish is heavenly, but if you want something unique (and delicious!), try the roasted baby pigeon.
  • Da Cesari – A good place to try different varieties of pasta dishes. Try the tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms in the fall.
  • Caminetto d’oro – Fantastic grilled meats and truffle pasta dishes.
  • Trattoria collegio di Spagna – Delicious food all around. Try the cotoletta alla bolognese and zucchini dishes.

Foods to Try in Bologna

Tagliatelli al Ragu Bologna food

Wondering what foods you must eat during your 3 days in Bologna? We have an entire article dedicated to the best foods in Bologna that you can check out, or here is a list of our must-try foods below.

  • Tagliatelle al Ragu – The most famous and popular dish in Bologna is ragu served with homemade tagliatelle, an egg-based pasta. It’s a meat sauce that is heavy, rich, acidic, and perfectly balanced.
  • Tortellini – This small hat-shaped pasta is often stuffed with a pork mixture. It’s best eaten as a soup with a meat-based broth and topped with some fresh parmesan.
  • Tortelloni – This pasta is usually stuffed with a ricotta and spinach mixture and served with sage and butter. During the fall, you can get it stuffed with pumpkin, which is our personal favorite way to eat it.
  • Lasagne Verde – This green, spinach-based pasta is layered with ragu and bechamel sauce, creating the perfect combination of rich and creamy flavors.
  • Crescentina – Made with flour, salt, lard, and water, this Emilia Romagna staple is most often served with a plate of cured meats as an appetizer.
  • Mortadella – This savory meat is served as an appetizer at most restaurants and is a must-try in Bologna.
  • Lambrusco & Pignoletto – These are the two wines of Emilia Romagna, both sparkling, and pair well with the fatty foods from Bologna.

Where to Stay in Bologna

While Bologna is not a huge city, we suggest staying in Centro Storico (the historic center). This area is located in the heart of Bologna and everything is within walking distance.

  • Best overall Bologna hotel: Art Hotel Commercianti – with a fantastic central location and amazing balcony views from some of the rooms!
  • Best Bologna luxury hotel: Grand Hotel Majestic gia’ Baglioni
  • Best Bologna boutique hotel: Casa Bertagni
  • Best Bologna mid-range hotel: Hotel Touring
  • Best Bologna hostel: Dopa Hostel

Hotels tend to book up quickly in Bologna, especially during the busy summer season. Try to reserve at least a few months in advance for the best rates and options.

Best time to Visit Bologna

View of Bologna and the hills from the top of the Asinelli Tower during 2 days in Bologna.

Based on our experience, October is the best month to visit Bologna. Not only is the weather mild and temperate, but the food scene this time of year is top notch.

With pumpkin, porcini mushrooms, and truffles all in season, you have so many incredible seasonal pasta options to choose from.

Summers are extremely hot and crowded in Bologna. If you’re visiting in June and July, make sure to plan far in advance. Book your hotels at least 4-6 months before your trip, as prices get expensive and places sell out.

Avoid Bologna in August. We visited Bologna during this time during our first visit to the city, and most restaurants are closed. Many of the locals are on holiday, and therefore, the city is very quiet. Try visiting in September instead.

Winters are pretty mild in Bologna, and it’s actually a great time to enjoy the city without tourists. Plus, the hearty food from Bologna is best eaten when it’s colder outside.

Tips for Visiting Bologna in 3 Days

View of the basilica in the Piazza Maggiore in BOlogna

  • Weekends are busy: Weekends in Bologna are extremely busy. Both locals and tourists flock to the city, with restaurants booked out, and the main areas especially packed. If you can, try to visit during the week.
  • Many restaurants are closed on Sundays: Many restaurants are closed on Sunday, so don’t expect to eat at your top picks.
  • Book restaurants in advance: Restaurants fill up quickly in Bologna. Try to call ahead at least a few days in advance to get a reservation.
  • Museums close on Sunday or Monday : Many of the main sights are closed on either Sunday or Monday. Double check the hours that we’ve shared in this itinerary to make sure certain attractions are open on the day you visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fruit stand at the quadrilatero in Bologna, Italy

Is 3 days in Bologna too much?

No. In our opinion, 3 days in Bologna is the perfect amount of time to see the main sites, taste the local cuisine, and do a day trip to food producers in the region.

How many days do you need in Emilia Romagna?

Emilia Romagna is a large region located in northern Italy and Bologna is its capital. We recommend spending a week in the region visiting smaller towns, such as Parma, Modena, Ravenna, and Dozza, in addition to Bologna. There is a lot to see here.

What is the most famous food in Bologna?

Bologna is famous for many foods. The most famous dish is Tagliatelle al Ragu, which most westerners know as “pasta alla Bolognese.” A few of the famous food products from Bologna and the Emilia Romagna region are balsamic vinegar from Modena, Parma ham (Prosciutto) from Parma, and Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan cheese) from Parma.

More Information for your Trip to Bologna, Italy

  • Best Things to Do in Bologna
  • One Day in Bologna
  • Two Days in Bologna
  • Best Day Trips from Bologna
  • Best Gelato Shops in Bologna
  • Bologna Food Guide
  • Bologna Train Station Guide
  • Bologna Airport to Bologna Centrale Guide
  • Is Bologna Worth Visiting?
  • Portico di San Luca Walk

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Cosa fare a Bologna nel fine settimana

Bologna in due giorni: foto e indicazioni

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Al centro, pur restando nella parte nord, del nostro paese vi è lei: detta la dotta oppure la grassa. Parliamo della città di Bologna , capoluogo emiliano-romagnolo ricco di cultura, arte e buona cucina. Insomma tante attrazioni tutte da scoprire.

E’ possibile visitare la città in un weekend soltanto? Certo, ecco cosa vedere a Bologna in due giorni con i nostri consigli!

Bologna e le vasche in via Dell’indipendenza sotto i portici

tour bologna 2 giorni

A lato della Scalinata del Pincio inizia il centro di Bologna. Cosa vedere a Bologna e nel suo centro? Per prima cosa non si possono non notare i numerosi portici sotto ai quali trovare ristoro, fare una passeggiata detta anche “fare una vasca” dai bolognesi oppure shopping. La città è famosa per questa sua caratteristica fin dalla nascita. A partire da Via dell’Indipendenza fino al Santuario della Madonna di San Luca le passeggiate sono allietate da numerosi portici.

Tali decorazioni rappresentano un vero e proprio patrimonio architettonico e culturale , tanto che vi sono portici dedicati all’era del Rinascimento, al periodo medioevale come Casa Isolani, il portico del Pavaglione e molti altri.

I portici di Bologna trasformano la città nella città con più portici al mondo: tutti insieme misurano più di 38 chilometri solo nella parte centrale della città. Si spingono a 53 Km se si contano i fuori porta. I portici bolognesi sono, per altro, un bene comune candidato ad essere riconosciuto come patrimonio dell’umanità – UNESCO .

Palazzo Re Enzo, la fontana del Nettuno e Sala Borsa

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All’ingresso di Piazza Maggiore, manteniamo alle spalle via dell’indipendenza, vi è Piazza del Nettuno dove troviamo tre punti di interesse come Fontana del Nettuno appunto, Palazzo Re Enzo e Sala Borsa.

Al Zigànt, come lo chiamano i bolognesi nel dialetto (in italiano il gigante) per via delle sue enormi dimensioni, è stata costruita da Zanobio Portigiani, Tommaso Laureti e Giambologna, su ordine del vicelegato Pier Donato Cesi con l’intento di glorificare il governo pontificio del papa Pio IV. L’opera fu terminata nel 1566. Una curiosità in merito, anzi due: inizialmente il Nettuno era circondato da una cancellata eliminata dopo 23 anni dalla costruzione e subì diversi restauri nel tempo. Inoltre si dice che il forcone del Nettuno è stato la musa ispiratrice del logo della casa automobilistica bolognese, Maserati.

Ai lati del Nettuno sono stati costruiti rispettivamente a sinistra, la Sala Borsa mentre a destra vi è il Palazzo di Re Enzo. Nel primo caso siamo di fronte alla più grande biblioteca nazionale, posizionata all’interno della sede comunale Palazzo D’Accursio, prima prestata al settore creditizio come sede di una delle banche bolognesi più importanti, la Cassa di Risparmio, poi come sede sportiva del palasport e prima ancora fortezza dei Visconti nonché punto di ricerca botanica con annesso giardino

Il palazzo di Re Enzo invece, risale al XIII secolo ed è stato costruito con lo scopo di ampliare gli ambienti di Palazzo del Podestà ma le vicende storiche lo legano da sempre al Re Enzo di Sardegna.

Piazza Maggiore e la vita medioevale della vecchia Bologna  

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Palazzo d’Accursio, storica sede del Comune di Bologna , racchiude numerose Sale al suo interno ed ognuna rispecchia un avvenimento storico tutti da conoscere. Oltre alle dimensioni Palazzo d’Accursio è riconoscibile per l’ingresso caratterizzato dalla Madonna di Piazza con Bambino, opera di Nicolò dell’Arca nel 1478, e dal maestoso portale di Galeazzo Alessi, aggiunto nella metà del Cinquecento. Fino al 2012 è stata la sede del Museo Morandi.

Garisenda e Asinelli: le due custodi di Bologna

tour bologna 2 giorni

Se entriamo in città dall’antica via Emilia, ci imbattiamo nelle due custodi della città: le torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda . In realtà sono soltanto due delle oltre 100 torri costruite nel medioevo, oggi ne rimangono circa 20. Ecco perché Bologna è soprannominata la “turrita”.

Come due guardiani proteggevano la città, realizzate in muratura, viste le funzioni militari e di prestigio sociale della famiglia.

Guardandole dal basso verso l’altro donano una sensazione particolare, come se ci stessero cadendo addosso ma entrambe meritano di essere scoperte, soprattutto la Torre degli Asinelli. L’unica delle due ad essere aperta al pubblico e visitabile.

Al santuario della Madonna di San Luca camminando!

tour bologna 2 giorni

Bologna è famosa per i portici, la mortadella e pure per il lungo cammino che dal centro permette di raggiungere il Santuario della Madonna di San Luca.

Il santuario è una basilica bolognese posizionata sul colle della Guardia, a sud – est della città di Bologna, e dedita al culto cattolico mariano.

Fin dalla sua realizzazione, la Madonna di San Luca è sempre stata meta di numerosi pellegrinaggi venerativi della Vergine con il Bambino. Il percorso per coloro che amano muoversi con velocità può essere intrapreso con alcuni mezzi pubblici ma consigliamo

l’immedesimazione dei pellegrini diretti verso la basilica, partendo da Porta Saragozza.

Il complesso di Santo Stefano da vedere a Bologna

tour bologna 2 giorni

Il complesso di Santo Stefano rientra fra le cose da vedere in due giorni passati a Bologna. E’ un quartiere singolare della città. Le origini non sono certe: alcuni vedono un nesso logico fra la nascita del complesso voluto da San Petronio su alcune rovine pagane mentre altre fonti dichiarano che il complesso voluto sempre da San Petronio, allora vescovo della città, fu costruito per ricreare il luoghi simbolici della passione di Cristo.

Sulla piccola e magnifica piazza si affacciano numerosi edifici religiosi, come la chiesa del Crocefisso, del Calvario e dei Santi Vitale e Agricola, che raffigurano il soprannome datogli. Il complesso delle sette chiese.

Finestrella di via piella: la piccola Venezia a Bologna

tour bologna 2 giorni

Come accade per ogni città, anche a Bologna ci sono richiami ad altre città italiane. Infatti in Via Piella al civico 2 ritroviamo la famosa “Finestrella di Via Piella” dalla quale è possibile vedere uno dei corsi d’acqua storico e non asfaltato. Parliamo del Canale delle Moline e del ponte. Tutto il quartiere prende il nome di “Piccola Venezia”.

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Bologna: un itinerario per una vacanza di due giorni

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 Bologna è una delle città più belle e ricche di monumenti e posti interessanti da visitare. Quest'articolo si pone come obiettivo quello di stilare un brevissimo itinerario da percorrere durante un weekend in città. Un itinerario di due giorni a Bologna deve essere un itinerario il più possibile ben congegnato così da cercare di vedere quante più cose possibile delle tante cose da vedere a Bologna .

Perché non cominciare quindi il tour di 2 giorni a Bologna iniziando da Piazza Maggiore ? Piazza Maggiore è infatti la piazza principale della città di Bologna e cominciando il proprio viaggio bolognese da qui si ha la possibilità di ammirare, in un colpo solo, la Basilica di San Petronio e non solo: qui, infatti, si trovano anche tre importantissimi palazzi della città.

La Basilica, infatti, è la chiesa più famosa e maestosa di Bologna: domina l'antistante vasta Piazza Maggiore e, nonostante sia ampiamente incompiuta, è la sesta chiesa più grande d'Europa, dopo San Pietro in Vaticano, Saint Paul a Londra, la cattedrale di Siviglia, il Duomo di Milano e di Firenze. È dedicata a San Petronio, il santo patrono della città e la sua fondazione risale al 7 giugno del 1390 con la posa della prima pietra in una solenne processione. La costruzione fu decisa nel 1388, durante il quale il Consiglio dei Seicento del Comune di Bologna, in riconoscimento dell'impegno speso dal Vescovo Petronio, decise di iniziare la costruzione di un tempio a lui dedicato. Si tratta dell'ultima grande opera tardo gotica d'Italia, iniziata poco dopo il Duomo di Milano.

Gli altri edifici che circondano Piazza Maggiore, assolutamente da non perdere, sono il palazzo dei Notai, costruito tra il 1384 ed il 1422, su progetto di Antonio di Vincenzo; il palazzo D'Accursio (o il palazzo comunale), costruito nel 1290 e ristrutturato dopo un incendio, nel 1425, dall'architetto Fioravante Fioravanti: nell'edificio hanno sede le Collezioni Comunali d'Arte di Bologna ed il Museo Morandi. Il Palazzo del Podestà , costruito nel 1201 e ampiamente ristrutturato fra il 1472 ed il 1484 dai signori Bentivoglio. A chiudere la piazza, il Palazzo dei Bianchi, del 1412, dove operavano cambiavalute e banchieri, ristrutturato nel 1568 su progetto del Vignola con il suo caratteristico portico soprannominato dai bolognesi Pavaglione.

Adiacente alla Piazza Maggiore c'è Piazza del Nettuno sulla quale si affaccia il Palazzo Re Enzo. La statua raffigurante il Dio del Mare che domina la piazza vale già da sola il prezzo del soggiorno. Un'altra tappa immancabile nella lista di cosa vedere a Bologna ? Le due torri che, nate per adempiere a importanti compiti militari come essere utilizzate per segnalare eventuali attacchi e organizzare così una tempestiva difesa, sono tra le costruzioni più rappresentative di Bologna. Si tratta di due torri (site a Piazza di Porta Ravegnana ) fatte in muratura e sono la Torre degli Asinelli , che è tra le due decisamente la più alta e anche la più famosa, e Torre Garisenda .

Oltre alla Basilica di San Petronio a Bologna è assolutamente da vedere anche la Basilica di Santo Stefano . Questa Basilica è conosciuta anche come il complesso delle sette chiese perché, in effetti, non si tratta di un singolo edificio ma di diverse strutture tutte accomunate dall’essere luoghi di culto. Su Piazza Santo Stefano si affacciano infatti la Basilica del Sepolcro , la Basilica dei protomartiri San Vitale e Sant’Agricola , la Chiesa della Trinità e la Chiesa del Crocifisso oltre che il Cortile di Pilato e il Chiostro Medievale e anche il Museo di Santo Stefano in cui sono presenti importanti reliquie. Per concludere la propria visita di due giorni a Bologna all’insegna dei suoi luoghi di culto ci si può a questo punto recare in un luogo di culto davvero particolare ossia il Santuario della Madonna di San Luca che, dedicato al culto cattolico mariano, domina la città dal Colle della Guardia ma si può anche scegliere di darsi all’arte pittorica visitando al Pinacoteca nazionale di Bologna e magari continuando facendo un salto alla Galleria d’Arte Moderna.

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  • Febbraio 21, 2020

Bologna in 2 giorni: itinerario e chicche (dotte e grasse)

Bologna in 2 giorni sembra il titolo di un giallo: in effetti, è un crimine limitarsi a un fine settimana per scoprirla. Lo so, si può dire di molte città, ma a Bologna sono particolarmente affezionata , come se ci avessi vissuto.

Io l’ho girata avendo solo un paio di punti di riferimento in mente. A voi ne darò di più. Perché Bologna ha un cuore palpitante difficile da contenere.

Bologna in 2 giorni: cosa vedere

Camminare sotto i portici bolognesi, secondo me, è una di quelle cose che prima o poi vanno fatte. Storia, eleganza, colore : tre aggettivi che si adattano alla perfezione a questo romantico reticolato che si snoda lungo la città.

Invidio le città dotate di portici : ti proteggono dal maltempo o dal caldo eccessivo come delle belle braccia paterne. Ma dove conducono i portici del capoluogo dell’ Emilia Romagna ? Ovunque: sono 38 chilometri solo nel centro storico!

Piazza Maggiore e dintorni

Bologna in due giorni: facciata della Basilica di San Petronio in una giornata uggiosa

Per prima cosa, mi sono diretta a Piazza Maggiore , la piazza principale della città. Che poi ho scoperto solo in quell’occasione non chiamarsi Piazza Grande, come cantava Lucio Dalla. È così, infatti, che la chiamano i suoi abitanti.

Basta fermarsi qui trenta secondi per assorbire tutto il fascino della città: la Basilica di San Petronio fa a gara – quanto a bellezza – con la Fontana del Nettuno , che a sua volta fa a gara con i palazzi  dei Banchi , del Podestà,  dei Notai e d’Accursio .

A proposito di quest’ultimo: sbirciate nel cortile del pozzo . Ne vale la pena, anche per osservare Piazza Maggiore da una prospettiva insolita.

Lasciatomi il cortile del pozzo alle spalle, ho attraversato nuovamente la piazza e imboccato  Via delle Pescherie Vecchie : ho fatto un salto indietro nel tempo, quando macellai, conciatori di pelli e pescivendoli urlavano per attirare l’attenzione dei passanti. Oggi l’ allure è differente, ma nemmeno troppo: tra un negozio elegante e una trattoria, pesci, frutta e tagli di carne che penzolano ai lati.

Bologna in 2 giorni: scorcio di via delle pescherie vecchie

Di sera, non dimenticate di buttare un occhio a Via d’Azeglio , ravvivata dalle parole illuminate di Cesare Cremonini.

Bologna in 2 giorni: la Basilica di Santo Stefano

Piazza Santo Stefano e l’omonima basilica sono degli spettacoli per il cuore e per l’anima. Bologna in due giorni deve prevedere una visita a questo insieme di edifici di culto, che già da fuori si presentano in tutta la loro eccezionalità.

La loro costruzione iniziò nell’VIII secolo e comprende la Chiesa del Crocifisso , il chiostro medievale , la  Basilica del Sepolcro , il Cortile di Pilato , la Chiesa della Trinità e la Basilica dei protomartiri San Vitale e Sant’Agricola .

Bologna in 2 giorni: facciata della Basilica di Santo Stefano

Complesso delle Sette Chiese : così si chiama. All’interno, tra l’altro, trovate una riproduzione del Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme . Credetemi se vi dico che si tratta di un luogo incredibilmente suggestivo. Io ho avuto la fortuna, la domenica mattina presto, di trovare tutto aperto e con pochi turisti erranti. Un paradiso!

Considerate anche che la piazza – circondata da edifici splendidi – la sera si anima per via di ristoranti e locali dominati da un comune denominatore: l’originalità.


L’Archiginnasio merita un capitolo a parte quando si parla di cosa fare a Bologna in 2 giorni (ma anche in uno solo)! Si tratta, infatti, del palazzo più bello della città nonché della sede dell’università più antica del mondo (Bologna la dotta…).

Da metà ‘800, invece, ospita la biblioteca ed è anche spazio per mostre di varia natura. Io mi sono ritrovata in mezzo a una mostra di maschere e burattini: meraviglia pura. Del resto, siamo in periodo carnevalesco e Bologna (la grassa…) conosce bene i frizzi e i lazzi di noti personaggi carnascialeschi. Si pensi a Balanzone , il famigerato avvocato bolognese preso in giro nella Commedia dell’Arte.

All’interno dell’Archiginnasio si trova anche il Teatro Anatomico , dove i futuri medici studiavano anatomia dissezionando cadaveri: lo vedete quel piano marmoreo bianco come il latte nella foto in basso a destra?

Bologna in due giorni: altalena nel cortile dell'Archiginnasio

Bologna in 2 giorni: via Piella e il Canale delle Moline

Bologna è chiamata anche “piccola Venezia”. Il perché è presto detto: è percorsa da canali , anche se perlopiù invisibili.

Eppure basta andare in via Piella e aprire una piccola finestra sotto il portico per accorgersi della sua “seconda natura”. Una chicca che i turisti stanno cominciando a conoscere sopratutto tramite Instagram, social non nuovo a questo tipo di svelamenti.

Peraltro, sul lato opposto a quello in cui si trova la finestrella, il canale delle Moline è meglio visibile; ma le mode, si sa…

Finestrella di via Piella

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Infine, se vi rimane del tempo, potete fare un salto da FICO, il parco del cibo più grande del mondo : si trova non troppo lontano dall’aeroporto, quindi potreste fare una sosta all’arrivo o poco prima di ripartire, semmai veniste in aereo.

Ma diciamocela tutta: Bologna è efficientissima quanto a mezzi, per cui non ci sono scuse. Esiste persino il FICOBUS , che si può prendere in pieno centro.

Cosa si fa da FICO? Si mangia bene, si acquistano prodotti Made in Italy di ottima qualità, si partecipa a esperienze legate al cibo.

Bologna in 2 giorni: dove mangiare

  • La Sberla Bistrot . A due passi da Piazza Maggiore c’è un ristorantino che propone pochi piatti ma ottimi. Io ho assaggiato i tortellini in brodo e il calamaro ripieno (il pesce arriva fresco direttamente dalle Marche).
  • Nei ristoranti di FICO. In particolare, vi consiglio Il Teatro della Carne: provate l’ hamburger al tartufo ma anche la verdura del giorno. Ma anche Trattoria Gnocco e Tigelle. Da provare, le tigelle (appunto): eccezionali!

Bologna in 2 giorni: dove dormire

Casa Miramonte senza dubbio: è un bed and breakfast di alto livello e si trova in una zona affascinante e colorata a 700 mt da Piazza Maggiore. I prezzi sono giusti, ma la colazione non è servita.

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Se state visitando Bologna dovete sapere che la città offre moltissimi tour privati  ed esperienze uniche. Troverete attività di ogni tipo, dal classico Red Bus fino ad inoltrarvi nei meandri della città per scoprire i segreti dei suoi sotterranei !

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Bologna city tour

  • I Migliori Tour
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Visita Guidata dello Stadio D'Allara

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I Migliori Tour di Bologna

1. torre degli asinelli e degustazione.

Se avete letto il nostro articolo riguardo la Torre degli Asinelli lo saprete già, la torre è visitabile e dalla sua cima si gode di uno stupendo panorama .

Non vogliamo rovinarvi il divertimento ma sappiate che questa non è la Tour Eiffel e che non troverete un ascensore che vi porterà fin su! Mettete scarpe comode e preparatevi all’avventura. Il pacchetto comprende anche una degustazione di prodotti tipici di bologna e un voucher per l’acquisto di gelato di produzione artigianale.

2. 🚂 Trenino per San Luca e Degustazione

San Luca si trova sul colle della Guardia a più di 600 metri sopra il livello del mare e Dista circa 4 km dal centro . Uno dei modi migliori per raggiungerlo è salire sul trenino che vi porterà al suo cospetto, a questo punto vi attende una visita guidata del Santuario .

scendendo seguirete il portico di via Saragozza (il più lungo del mondo) passando per l’ Arco del Meloncello e Porta Saragozza fino ad arrivare in Piazza Maggiore .

3. Bologna con Guida del Posto

Viaggiare non significa solo passeggiare attraverso strade sconosciute, ammirare i monumenti , visitare i musei o rilassarsi lontani dalla routine. Un viaggio ci aiuta a conoscere qualcosa di nuovo tramite l’esperienza e non c’è modo migliore di scoprire un luogo che l’esperienza di chi ci vive! 

La vostra guida locale vi permetterà di personalizzare il vostro itinerario in base ai vostri interessi e vi fornirà preziosi consigli in base alle vostre esigenze.

4. Archiginnasio Tour Privato

Se siete appassionati di arte e stemmi araldici questo palazzo è una meta da non perdere! L’ Archiginnasio è una delle sedi storiche dell’ università di Bologna e le sue pareti sono decorate da oltre 3.000 stemmi araldici .

Nelle sue sale si nascondono innumerevoli misteri ma una più di tutte, un’antica aula di anatomia detta per questo “ Teatro Anatomico ”, è famosa per la sua cattedra detta “ degli Spellati ”.

In questa esperienza vedrete tutto questo e molto altro per poi fermarvi all’ Osteria Ranocchi per una degustazione di cibo e vino .

Cosa vedere a bologna, archiginnasio

5. Tour delle Chiese

Se siete appassionati di arte ed architettura ecclesiastica questo percorso è quello che fa per voi! Nel centro di Bologna esistono moltissime chiese e basiliche e santuari di grande valore artistico e storico. 

Il tour delle chiese di Bologna vi condurrà alla scoperta della famosissima Basilica di San Petronio , della cattedrale di San Pietro e della sua Torre Campanaria . Seguirà la visita di San Domenico dove potrete scoprire mirabili opere d’arte tra cui alcuni capolavori di Michelangelo Buonarroti .

Infine, arriverete a San Michele in Bosco dove ammirato il complesso monumentale potrete godervi uno skyline mozzafiato .

San Domenico church in Bologna Italy

Luoghi di culto dalla spettacolare architettura , ricchi di arte e di storia vi aspettano!

walking tour to san luca - bologna, italy

Percorso a piedi per il Santuario della Madonna di San Luca

Santo Stefano e le Sette Chiese

Le Sette Chiese di Bologna, la Basilica di Santo Stefano

6. tour dell'università.

Lo saprete già l’ Alma Mater Studiorum è la più antica università d’Europa. Nel centro storico sono innumerevoli i luoghi che hanno ospitato illustri professori ed i loro studenti, altrettanti gli aneddoti e le curiosità . Questo tour privato che vi porterà a scoprire in centro attraverso la storia dell’università è dedicato ai gruppi di persone ed è disponibile in Inglese, Francese, Tedesco e Spagnolo.

Tour di Bologna Centro

There are many ways to discover the historic area and visit must-see places . Here we have collected what in our opinion are the most fun and exciting experiences .

Tour di Bologna a Piedi

Uno dei più amati e senza dubbio emozionanti modi di visitare un posto nuovo è quello di avventurarsi a piedi lungo le strade sconosciute .

Farlo con una guida è di sicuro il modo migliore per capire a pieno quello che vi attende dietro l’angolo ed i bellissimi monumenti che andrete a scoprire. In questo modo potrete essere sicuri di non perdervi nessun aneddoto interessante o luogo che non attende altro che la vostra visita.

Percorso di 2 Ore nel Centro Storico

Questo percorso guidato vi aiuterà ad immergervi nel cuore della città e carpire tutti i segreti nascosti dietro le attrazioni principali . Si parte dal maestoso dio del mare che ci accoglie in Piazza Nettuno per poi proseguire ammirando San Petronio , Piazza Santo Stefano e le Due Torri , solo per citare alcuni dei luoghi più affascinanti della visita.  La zona del Quadrilatero è una tappa che non può mancare in questo giro turistico e  ci aspetta con vicoli colorati pieni di sapori e profumi delle specialità culinarie bolognesi .

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Porta San Felice Bologna

Porta San Felice

Museo archeologico bologna

Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna

Porta Santo stefano bologna

Porta Santo Stefano

Palazzo re Enzo, bologna

Palazzo Re Enzo

Visita guidata in segway.

Volete esplorare la città in maniera comoda e divertente? 

Questa esperienza fa sicuramente per voi, cosa aspettate a salire sul vostro segway ? Grazie a questa facile macchina per il trasporto personale visitare la città sarà ancora più curioso e affascinante . Tenetevi pronti a sfrecciare tra i vicoli storici e i monumenti più antichi accompagnati dalla vostra guida. Avrete tutto il tempo per prendere confidenza con questo mezzo in Piazza Minghetti da dove parte la passeggiata su due ruote. Il nostro comodo viaggio  prosegue poi per Via Clavature dove incroceremo lo storico Mercato di Mezzo , per poi ancora proseguire per Piazza Santo Stefano , Corte Isolani e tutti i luoghi simbolo della città.

City Red Bus - Bus Turistico di Bologna

Un modo per visitare i punti più interessanti di tutto il centro storico senza fatica ? Il Red Bus  scoperto è perfetto per chi vuole toccare con mano i luoghi simbolo della città ma anche esplorare le zone poco più distanti senza fare chilometri a pied i. Il poter scendere e salire quando si vuole   dal bus rende questo esperienza ideale per godersi una visita tranquilla.

L’autobus scoperto vi attende in piazza  Maggiore da qui avrete tutto il giorno per scegliere le vostre fermate e decidere da soli il vostro tempo di permanenza nei luoghi più interessanti. Un’ audioguida vi accompagnerà in questo viaggio e vi illustrerà nel dettaglio la storia e i segreti nascosti delle tappe che andrete a visitare. 

Per concludere la giornata al meglio vi aspetta una degustazione delle prelibatezze locali in un mercato storico.

Tour Gastronomico di Bologna

Ci sono sempre modi diversi per conoscere a fondo una città , scoprirne i sapori della tradizione è di sicuro la via più accattivante per farlo, soprattutto se si parla di Bologna, universalmente conosciuta come la “ Grassa ” .

Prenotare un food tour nella capitale italiana del buon cibo è sicuramente un must.

Tour Gastronomico del Centro Storico

Per avere una esperienza culinaria unica non c’è bisogno di spostarsi dal suggestivo centro storico. L’area del Quadrilatero è infatti ricca di offerte, basta guardarsi un attimo intorno per essere inondati da profumi e colori . 

 Il vostro viaggio alla ricerca dei sapori della tradizione bolognese inizia proprio da qui. Insieme alla vostra guida esplorerete diversi ristoranti   dove vi aspettano invitanti degustazioni.

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Per una degustazione più ricca, comprensiva anche di aceto balsamico , parmigiano e gelato vi consigliamo il tour gastronomico segreto di 3 ore : verifica disponibilità

Vi trovate nella capitale Italiana del  Mangiar Bene  ma non è detto che ogni posto sia eccezionale! Scoprite i nostri consigli per un  viaggio culinario d’eccezione !

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Visita guidata: aceto balsamico, parmigiano e vigneti.

Gustare i sapori della tradizione non vi basta? Niente paura, con questo tour potrete anche scoprire i segreti dietro la creazione di gustosi prodotti quali il Parmigiano e l’ Aceto Balsamico .

Con questa visita di un giorno , che vi porterà nelle campagne Emiliane , non solo degusterete ottimi prodotti della tradizione ma scoprirete anche come vengono creati .

Tra le tappe c’è anche la visita ad un vigneto , il tutto si concluderà con un appetitoso pranzo tradizionale in una trattoria caratteristica.

Bologna - Tour dei Motori

La nostra amata città si trova nel pieno della famosissima Motor Valley , la terra dei motori che si estende nella regione dell’ Emilia Romagna . Ne fanno parte Bologna , Modena , Cento , Sant’Agata Bolognese .

In quest’area si concentra il maggior numero di eccellenze Italiane e Mondiali nel settore automobilistico. Insomma, se amate le auto da corsa siete nel vostro paradiso!

Se vuoi vedere il meglio di queste famose case automobilistiche in un solo giorno, vi possiamo suggerire due soluzioni:

Visita Guidata della Fabbrica e del Museo Ferrari

Gli amanti del Cavallino Rampante potranno realizzare i loro sogni raggiungendo Maranello per visitare la fabbrica dove queste auto eccezionali vengono prodotte.

La visita guidata vi permetterà di visitare anche il Museo Ferrari e Casa Enzo Ferrari !

Il meglio deve ancora arrivare, tutti i fan delle corse saranno contenti di sapere che è possibile prenotare un Test Drive della Ferrari !

Gita di un Giorno da Bologna

Sapevate che la nostra città e situata in un posto strategico ? La sua posizione e la grande rete di collegamenti (autostrade, ferrovie e tratte aeree)  permette di raggiungere con estrema facilità alcune delle mete delle mete turistiche più amate in Italia !

Se state viaggiando in macchina o se avete intenzione di affittare un’auto potrete muovervi in autonomia e vistare i dei bellissimi borghi medievali nelle vicinanze. In questo caso vi consigliamo di leggere il nostro articolo: 5 Borghi da vedere vicino Bologna .

Se non avete la possibilità di muovervi in autonomia non vi preoccupate! Abbiamo scelto per voi i migliori tour di un giorno da Bologna così potrete dedicare almeno un giorno alle meraviglie che si trovano nelle vostre vicinanze.

Tour a Verona con Visita Guidata

Bologna Day trip - verona

Verona è famosa in tutto il mondo per essere il luogo in cui si svolge la famosa opera di Shakespeare , Romeo e Giulietta . Per questo e per il suo fascinoso e curato centro storico è spesso considerata la destinazione perfetta per gli innamorati .

Tour di un Giorno a Verona con Visita Guidata

Bologna tour - Day trip to Venezia

Venezia è uno di quei luoghi da vedere almeno una volta nella vita . I favolosi canali e le gondole , l’atmosfera sognante e il Carnevale . Se avete poco tempo a disposizione questa escursione di un giorno fa’ per voi. La guida vi accompagnerà nella scoperta dei principali monumenti in un viaggio fantastico .

Tour di un Giorno a Firenza con Visita Guidata

bologna tour - day trip to firenze

Firenze è un vero e proprio museo a cielo aperto, grazie a centinaia d’anni di mecenatismo è stata nel rinascimento la seconda casa di celebri artisti italiani .

Sono innumerevoli i luoghi da visitare e le opere d’arte custodite nei suoi musei. Se volete un assaggio di quanto questa città ha da offrirvi questo percorso vi condurrà attraverso i posti iconici: Piazza del Duomo , la cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore , Piazza della Signoria e Ponte Vecchio .

Visita Guidata di Ravenna

Bologna tour - Day trip Ravenna

Ravenna è sicuramente una delle città d’arte italiane meno conosciuta all’estero tuttavia ben 8 dei suoi monumenti sono stati dichiarati patrimonio mondiale dell’UNESCO .

Nei secoli Ravenna è stata la capitale di tre imperi ed ha visto avvicendarsi Romani , Bizantini e Longobardi . Forse non lo sapevate, ma proprio in questo luogo sono sepolte le spoglie mortali del grande scrittore e letterato Dante Alighieri .

A livello artistico spiccano per bellezza e fastosità i mosaici Paleocristiani e Bizantini che decorano le pareti delle più importanti chiese.

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Bologna Food Tour

Bologna Food Tour 🏅 Solo i migliori scelti per te!

Se hai programmato di visitare il capoluogo emiliano un food tour di Bologna è senza dubbio una delle esperienze che devi assolutamente provare durante il tuo viaggio!

Ormai lo sanno in tutto il mondo, la nostra città vanta una tradizione culinaria di eccellenza: tortellini in brodo fumante di cappone, tagliatelle fatte a mano accompagnate dal gustoso ragù cotto minimo due ore, la mortadella IGP… e stiamo solo citando i grandi classici.

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I Sette Segreti – tra storia e leggenda

Seguire l’itinerario dei sette segreti, un modo divertente ed istruttivo per passare un giorno nel centro storico. Potrete vedere le migliori attrazioni e visitare luoghi storici. Non solo vi indicheremo il percorso da seguire ma per ogni tappa saranno svelate le piccole storie nascoste dietro ogni segreto.

Quadrilatero, Bologna Italy old market

Il Quadrilatero, visitare l’antico mercato di Bologna

Il Quadrilatero, ovvero l’antico Mercato di Mezzo, è sicuramente uno dei più bei quartieri della città, un luogo dove scoprire i sapori e i piatti tipici della tradizione bolognese. Lo shopping, tra negozi di lusso e antiche botteghe e sicuramente una delle cose da fare a Bologna. Un’attrazione da non perdere nel pieno centro storico.

La passeggiata a San Luca è una delle tipiche abitudini dei Bolognesi. Arrivare al santuario seguendo il portico di via Saragozza è piacevole itinerario da percorrere a piedi. La salita non è facile ma alla fine del percorso sarete premiati dalla vista di un bellissimo panorama.

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Visitare bologna in due giorni.

Iniziate la giornata sotto le  due Torri ed entrate nella storia dal sapore medievale del ghetto ebraico . Proseguite nel cuore della zona universitaria inoltrandovi fino alla Piazza Verdi dove troverete il Teatro Comunale e concludete il vostro giro con  un pellegrinaggio alla Basilica di San Luca , un concentrato di arte, cultura e religione.

Oltre alla mappa e al programma, se scendi ancora più giù in questa pagina , troverai tutti i punti visita e i contenuti esclusivi gratuiti per girare la città in completa autonomia.

Clicca sulla voce   approfondimenti e audio-guida    di ogni singolo punto visita per accedere ai contenuti.

Programma giorno 2:

  • dalle due torri al ghetto ebraico:   1 ora circa
  • Università, Piazza Verdi e Teatro Comunale: 2 ore circa
  • pellegrinaggio Basilica San Luca: 2 ore circa


1. Il ghetto:

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2. Università di Bologna:

3. Piazza Verdi:

4. Teatro Comunale:

5. Finestra sul canale:


6-7-8. Basilica San Luca e ascesa Colle Guardia:

Qui finisce il tour storico del giorno 2 di Bologna.

Ti ringrazio per aver utilizzato il servizio offerto da Visitup Bologna.

A questo punto hai due possibilità .

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    Qui finisce il tour storico del giorno 2 di Bologna. Ti ringrazio per aver utilizzato il servizio offerto da Visitup Bologna. A questo punto hai due possibilità. Proseguire con il tour storico del giorno 3 oppure passare al tour happy hour per rilassarti e divertirti: vai al tour classico giorno 3; vai al tour happy hour