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Nestled in the heart of the country, Bologna is known to be the most vibrant and lively city in Italy and is the historical capital of the Emilia-Romagna region squatting in the northern part of the country. With peace dangling in its air, this city possesses enormous love for its people and is seen to be the seventh most populous city in Italy.
Formerly Etruscan, the city was the first one to take a step towards modernity and has remained the paramount urban centre for centuries. Due to the rich history that the city possesses, it was declared as the European capital of culture and in the year 2006, it was declared as a city of music by UNESCO and was included in the Creative City Network.
Bologna is known to have an amalgamation of art, history, cuisine and sightseeing to please its visitors in the best way possible. Italy is the only country which provides an array of options for every sort of visitor out there, Bologna, in general, is one of the places that have the power to sway every part of the crowd from an adventure lover to a food enthusiast. Famous for its Bolognese sauce and Italian wine and pasta, this city will satisfy your taste buds at its best.
Best time to visit Bologna
The months from March to October is seen to be the best time to wander around the city. The cool wind blowing by and the hazy sun rays will soothe your soul. Although one can experience the city at its best during these months, be prepared to go a bit heavy on your pocket as tourists from all the countries visit this mesmerising city during the peak time. The weather is nice for you to meander around the town for witnessing the ultimate architecture and sky-high churches to wake your religious side.
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Resting in the centre of the city, this place is a messenger of the history that the city possesses. The smooth street of the central square features some of the most important buildings such as Palazzo d’Accursio, the Palazzo del Podesta, the Basilica di San Petronio and the Palazzo Comunale.Moving in the north-west direction would lead the travellers to the serene Fountain of Neptune found in Piazza del Nettuno.
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The Leaning Tower of Bologna
No folks, the tower of Pisa isn’t the only leaning tower. The leaning towers of Bologna are known as Asinelli and Garisenda and are named after the renowned Italian families. Asinelli rests at 97.2 km and is known as a former prison, however, Garisenda stands at 48 m with a remarkable tilt of 3.2 km. The top of the tower treats the visitor’s eyes with a breath-taking view of the surrounding and picturesque scenery.
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Bologna Archaeological Museum
Calling out all the art fanatics out there to witness the history of the city since the very beginning. The museum is divided into nine different sections and displays an array of collections such as Prehistoric, Etruscan, Celtic, Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Numismatic.
La Piazzolla Market
One of the major attractions in the heart of the city, this market has never lost its popularity amongst locals as well as the tourists. Placed in Piazza dell Agosto, the market offers more than 400 tiny as well as enormous stalls consisting of a wide range of products from food to decorations and style. Remember that bargaining is the key, the hurly-burly surrounding will be filled with locals and some of the tourists to fill their bags with exciting things to grab.
Monte Della Guardia
Noticed to be the longest portico in the world, this place features a serene hill with dense forest to slip right into the arms of Mother Nature and slip away from the chaos of the city. With a height of 300 m, the hill also surprises the tourists with a tranquil river view of Reno river. The top of the hill will not only bless you with a pleasing view but it will leave you in awe with a tiny church and a sanctuary.
Squatting on the northern Italian region, Parma is a city which is home to the renowned University of Parma. With art dangling up in the air and the royal architecture submerged in the tall rustic buildings, this alluring city has never failed to sway the breaths of its visitors with the scenic view of the countryside. Make sure to taste the Ham cheese which helps the city in gaining the popularity amongst the tourists.
Resting on the Apennine mountain, San Marino is a vibrant city in the northern part of Italy. The economically developed city provides a luxurious experience to its visitors by featuring lavish clothing complexes and rare lounge bars. Make sure to book a ride with Rydeu to San Marino for a trip worth reminiscing.
A perfect blend of beauty and adventure, Modena is a small town situated in the Emilia-Romagna region in the northern part of Italy and is majorly known for its car industry since the beginning. The Cathedral of Modena and Piazza Grande has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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Calling out all the car lovers and racing lovers out there to make their dreams come true. Maranello is an alluring town nestling in the northern part of Italy which is known to be the home for numerous racing cars such as Formula One and Ferrari. Situated at a distance of 30 km from Bologna, one simply can not miss Maranello while visiting Italy.
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If you are done with the hype of Bologna and slip into the serenity, Faenza awaits for you. The city offers a rich history to its visitors, from the Town Centre to the medieval heart of the city where numerous lively buildings reside, Faenza simply has a lot to offer to the quaint culture lovers. While in the city, make sure to explore the ceramic market which displays some of the best interior decoration items that one can ever find.
Tranquil lakes, laid-back cafes and old-school music, if that’s what you envy, you’re reading about the right city. Porretta Terme is a picturesque town situated at a distance of 60 km in the south-west direction from the chaos of Bologna. The scenic railway and hot springs are two major attractions in the city.
Squatting in the northern Italian region, Savigno is a town situated at a distance of 25 km from Bologna. If you want to get wrapped in the arms of the high hills, make sure to take a day trip to this alluring city, book a ride with Rydeu to avail exciting offers.
Resting in the commune of Valsamoggia, Monteveglio is a laid-back village situated at a distance of 20 km from Bologna. The village is known for its art and museum, historical places to visit and the serene lake that startles the visitors with its rare sight of sunlight reflecting from the sharp layers of water.