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“Bologna - a city of porticos and terracota”
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Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Bologna - a city of porticos and terracota”
Reviewed June 6, 2010

Bologna is a city of porticos. One can travel for miles throughout the centro storico cooled in the shade from the italian sunshine. A city of terracotta shades with little to attract the 'tourist', but it's all the better for it. One has to relax , drink coffee, sample the excellent food and watch the largely student world go by. Strolling down the many alleyways, especially in the former ewish quarter, and simply admiring the architecture is enough. That said a tasty and trendy lunch at the oddly named, Cafe de Paris , and shopping on the fashionable Via Farini may work better for you. Hotel I Portici is very cool, but in an ordinary area close to the central station. I'd recommend hotels closer to the centro storico. A great city but for 2 days on the way to Venezia, perhaps?

Thank simon088
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
243 reviews
153 helpful votes
“Lovely, although quite expensive City”
Reviewed March 19, 2010

Have just returned from a week in Bologna. Stayed in Casa Arienti apartment which was lovely, warm and very stylish. Restaurants were mostly good although Marco Fadiga Bistro was exceptionally good.

We flew into Parma airport and took the no 6 bus to Parma railway station (paid on board 1 Euro each), then an hour train journey to Bologna - 5.80 Euro each for single journey. Finally local bus to the city centre apartment, 1 Euro tickets from Tabac first and frank use on board.

We enjoyed finding our way round the city and found a lovely coffee shop to sit and watch the world go by facing Piazza San Domenica.

The best thing we did (apart from eat & drink!) was to walk along the 4 kilometre covered portico up to Madonna di San Luca a basilica church sited atop Monte della Guardia, in a forested hill around 300 meters above the plain, just south-west of the historical center of the city. There are some lovely views on th eway up and at the top as well as views of Bologna FC stadium!

An excellent city, a lovely apartment, good food - so we enjoyed it very much.

Thank Skiers12
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Surrey, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
20 helpful votes
“Fantastic base for travelling around Nth Italy, grt variety of food & wine”
Reviewed November 6, 2009

We arrived in Bologna in order to have an impromptu trip away from the grindstone. We went for the culture & the food, and did not intend to do more than drink coffee & wine in the restaurants and see some rome artifacts. We had done close to no homework which is unusual for us. We ended out walking up a 666 portico covered pathway up 100s of feet to view the city and seeing some of the most amazing archelogy in the local museum. The highlight ended out being getting out of the city. Stumbling on the train timetable, we noticed that it was possible to get to Venice & Verona in 2 hours by train. The trains went each hour were £13 each way for 1st class and travelled through great countryside. With three hours to Rome and Milan, and considering the prices in all 4 cited cities, I would use this place as an affordable base for travelling around Northern Italy. The food is great in Bologna, expect lots of pizza, fresh pasta, truffles, unusual meats and cheap balanced local wines. A gem of a restuarant is Da Nello al Montegrappa, I would advise following all their recommendations

Thank Citygirl-on-tour
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2 reviews
1 helpful vote
“Nice place with excellent staff”
Reviewed September 28, 2009

I would recommend a wonderful restaurant with home cooking Osteria Le Mura, which is situated in Bologna, Vicolo del Falcone 13a. Excellent restaurant specializing in fish dishes. Fresh tasty food. Menu is updated regularly. Every day you can try something new. cozy atmosphere, great service, friendly staff. It all creates a homely atmosphere, as if you came to visit old friends, where you are always welcome.
A pleasant surprise is that at the end of the meal you will be offered delicious liqueurs, infused with herbs or fruits, cookies or ice cream. Despite the fact that the menu in Italian, in English will give you full information about the dishes and their composition. During that want to express my gratitude to Giuseppe, who gave us the attention and assistance. Very funny guy!
Feel free to go and you will never regret and will not be disappointed!

Thank MayNas
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Warwick, UK
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
26 helpful votes
“Big town, not much to do...”
Reviewed September 5, 2009

Not much to do in the city. It shuts during the afternoon, and so is a bit of a strange place to visit. The Ducati museum is probably worth as visit, but check that it is open (on their website) to visitors. You may also need to pre-book.
When I went it was closed for all of August, but reopened in Sept.
The countryside surrounding the city is lovely, and worth exploring. Plenty of walks and small villages to visit.

Thank chuckWarwick_UK
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