A holiday in northern Italy would be incomplete without paying a visit to Bologna, a charming city with various designations acquired over the centuries, all of them describing different aspects of this versatile city. La Dotta pertains to Bologna's university, the oldest in Europe, meaning "the learned one". La Grassa points out to its delicious cuisine - just as a reminder, Bolognese sauce was first created here. La Rossa was originally an ode to the city's terracota buildings originating from medieval times. After the World War II, the meaning gradually became attributed to its reputation of a bastion of socialism in Italy. Modern Bologna is a university city, brimming with young people, nice bars and historic gems - palaces, basilicas and museums. A car hire in Bologna from Auto Europe is one of the most affordable alternatives which will let you explore not only the city itself but also other famous Italian cities - Florence, Ravenna and Ferrara are only about an hour's drive away.
Two major Italian motorways cross in Bologna, making this junction a linking point between the south and north of the country. They lead to Rome, Milan, Venice, and other cities. The Limited Traffic Zone is in operation within the historic centre of Bologna every day from 7am to 8pm. This means it is strictly forbidden to drive through this zone during these times without a permit. Surveillance cameras supervise the streets in the LTZ and expect to pay an expensive fine if you break this rule. Please note that pedestrian and T areas within the LTZ are subject to another set of rules - driving there is forbidden at all times. It is recommendable to park your car hire in one of the parking garages in the city. Right north of the city centre you will find an underground car park under Piazza Otto Agosto. For a more detailed list of car parks in Bologna please click here. Before you set off on a trip to Italy, familiarise yourself with the driving rules in Italy in our guide.
Bologna lies on the edge of the Po Plain, right at the foot of the Apennine Mountains. Its climate is humid, subtropical, with very hot summers and quite cold winters, abundant with snow. Traditionally, the coldest month of the year is January, and the warmest one is July. Sometimes strong gusts of wind come down from the Apennines in localized storms.
The airport in Bologna is located 3,7 miles south-west of the city. Hire a car at the airport and you will be in the city in less than 20 minutes.
Bologna Airport (BLQ)
Telephone: +39 051 647 9615
Address: Via del Triumvirato, 84, 40132 Bologna, Italy
Bologna is a charming, quite walkable city. There are, of course, bus lines that also connect the city with nearby destinations. The bus stops in the city are clearly marked, and the majority of them have a display with the information on the next departure. Tickets can be purchased either from ticket machines, numerous shops, or directly on the bus. The city is also served by several tram lines with a very good network. Thanks to its central position in Italy, Bologna is nowadays a hub for rail traffic. There is a frequent train service to all other top destinations in the country.