What to do in Bologna? This is the question that every tourist shouldn't do. Here are some suggestions on what to do in Bologna during your stay. The Hotel Del Borgo offers tourists a section entirely dedicated to the city of Bologna and its surroundings, with information on the territory, on the artistic and cultural heritage and on shopping!
Commonly known as Piazza Grande thanks to the homonymous song by the great Lucio Dalla. A splendid square surrounded by the medieval buildings of the city, Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo d'Accursio and Palazzo dei Banchi, to name a few. It is the most representative and famous square of the city.
Via Marco Emilio Lepido, 195 - 40132 Bologna
Piazza Maggiore Bologna
Splendid library inside the Palazzo d'Accursio, home to the history of the municipality of Bologna. Inaugurated in 2001, it boasts a splendid central square to which the paper and digital library develops. A show for the eyes and the mind.
Via Marco Emilio Lepido, 195 - 40132 Bologna
Piazza del Nettuno, 3 Bologna
The Del Borgo hotel offers the possibility of staying and visiting nearby cities: Florence, Ferrara, Ravenna, Venice, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Rimini, Mantua ... stay with us and visit them with short trips either by car or on the train!
Florence with its museums, palaces and churches houses some of the most important artistic treasures in the world. Among the most famous places of art and worship in the city are undoubtedly the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery, the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello and the Accademia Gallery. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce then are real art galleries, as well as the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana is an exceptional expression of Michelangelo's architectural genius. When you feel tired of seeing museums and art galleries, go outdoors and you will discover that in Florence it is nice to just stroll through the beautiful streets of the historic center. Walk until you reach the Arno, linger on the romantic Ponte Vecchio and continue to the Oltrarno, the newest part of Florence.
An extraordinary city, where the charm and atmosphere of its glorious past have been preserved over time in harmony with the cultural vivacity of the present. Ferrara is a silent city, on a human scale, where you can walk peacefully, on foot or by bicycle, day and night, without fear, reliving magical atmospheres of the past at every step. Ferrara city of art and culture among the greatest in Italy, thanks first of all to its Palazzo dei Diamanti, home to prestigious exhibitions, and the high quality seasons of its Municipal Theater. Ferrara is also home to historical events - reminiscent of great appeal as the Palio di San Giorgio, the oldest in Italy, of musical events such as the Ferrara Buskers Festival and a great kermesse dedicated to the world of hot air balloons, the Ferrara Balloons Festival. Ferrara, a city of the Renaissance and its Po Delta in the UNESCO world heritage list. The UNESCO recognition to the city and its territory has authoritatively attested the value of a unique urban and naturalistic landscape.
Beautiful, cultured and elegant, city of saints, bankers and kings. This is Ravenna, in Emilia Romagna, the second largest city in Italy by extension. This fascinating city, just a few kilometers from the sea, boasts eight monuments declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Basilica of San Vitale, a masterpiece of Byzantine art from the 6th century. Ravenna is characterized by a rich social life, and the many tourists who go there to visit it often use it as a starting point to explore the coast on which it faces and to visit the hinterland where to taste the traditional dishes of Romagna cuisine. From Ravenna you can easily reach the Regional Park of the Po Delta of Emilia Romagna and the Valleys of Comacchio, both naturalistic oases. On the other hand, it is often the point of arrival for those staying in Cervia and its surroundings who go to Ravenna even for just one day, to savor its millenary history.
Venice is an island city whose streets can only be traveled on foot. The only point where it is possible to arrive by car is Piazzale Roma, after crossing the bridge that connects the mainland with the Venetian archipelago, Ponte della Libertà. The historic center is a tightly connected, integrated set of 117 small islands linked together by over 410 bridges. Whenever you cross a bridge, you leave an island to enter another. The historic center is connected to the mainland of Mestre by the Ponte della Libertà. Other important islands near the historic center are the Giudecca, separated from the historic center by the Giudecca Canal which is also used by cruise ships, San Michele, an island where the cemetery of Venice is located, and the island of Murano glass.
Modena knows how to be admired for its architectural treasures, a UNESCO heritage, it knows how to welcome thanks to cuisine and cultural life, it knows how to fascinate for that mixture of innovation and tradition that characterizes it. The visitor can be pampered at the table by the taste of traditional balsamic vinegar accompanied by typicality, can stroll through the streets of the center or in Piazza del Duomo or fascinated by the modern products of Modena's ingenuity such as the Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani, Stanguellini cars . Pleasant in every season, Modena offers the tourist extraordinary beauties, all concentrated in its graceful historical center, which tell the splendor of a city for a long time capital of a duchy, that of the Lords of Este. Piazza Grande is the heart of Modena's life and the place where the most significant and most loved monuments are gathered. We cannot say that we have known Modena without having tasted its famous typical product, the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, an exquisite condiment obtained from the cooked grape monster, aged for a long time in wooden barrels. An unmissable opportunity to discover some secrets of its production is to visit one of the many farms that open their acetaries by appointment.
Reggio Emilia is known as the city of the Tricolor because the banner that became the national flag was adopted here. Known today for its gastronomy, for the quality of life and for the most beautiful kindergartens in the world, Reggio is also the city of art. The seventeenth-century Basilica della Ghiara and the famous Municipal Theater are symbols of this. Do not leave without having tasted the excellent delicacies of the Reggio table, to give as a gift also to friends: the cappelletti reggiani, the parmiggiano reggiano and the balsamic vinegar.
Its center, rich in artistic masterpieces, spacious green areas, small and large treasures from different eras, welcomes visitors and citizens in a refined atmosphere of small capital. The presence of music in the history of the city is varied and richly known. The historic center of Parma is marked by three large poles: Piazza Garibaldi, Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Pilotta. The main ingredient of Parmesan gastronomy is certainly the pork from which Parma Ham is made, accompanied by Parmigiano Reggiano. But also the first courses, such as cappelletti or anolini in broth, fresh pasta stuffed with stew cooked in meat broth and served especially during the Christmas holidays. Parma's nightlife begins with the aperitif ritual, which includes a meeting before dinner time, but which often lasts until late at night. The pedestrian area of Strada Farini, which starts from Piazza Garibaldi, proposes a row of rooms, as well as Via d'Azeglio.
For over 160 years, Rimini has been in the memories and dreams of generations of vacationers. The secret of its success is the cordiality, the hospitality of the places and its inhabitants and a territory famous for its 15 km of beach, 230 colored bathing establishments, over 1000 hotels and amusement parks, but also for its 2000 years of history and a small treasure chest of art. Here the sea is a way of life, it is the myth of summer fun that is renewed every day, it is the magic of winter mists. His art treasures contemplate unique masterpieces ranging from the Roman period to the Renaissance. A place to know following the imposing and suggestive traces left by twenty centuries of history like the Arch of Augustus, the Tiberius Bridge, Castel Sismondo, the Malatesta Temple, Piazza Tre Martiri, Piazza Cavour and the Surgeon's House. A concentrate of beauty that the city has been recovering and enhancing for some years and that in 2020 will be completed with the inauguration of the Fellini Museum. The newest trends have always come from this laboratory city: street bars, happy hours, aperitifs on the beach, dinners by the sea, sports of the future or Nordic walking on the sand. Fun follows all tastes and all ages. Gourmets are suggested to try a real piadina from Rimini. Here the piadina is in fact thinner and everyone fills it as he wishes. Rimini never goes to sleep, because here you live day and night. But the fun is cheerful and never transgressive.
It is one of the most beautiful cities in Lombardy, rich in art and culture, is Mantua. Located in the Bassa Padana, Mantova rises on the bank of the river Mincio, at the point where its waters form a deep loop, which embraces the cities and creates Lake Superiore, Lake Mezzo and Lake Inferiore. Rich in priceless art treasures, Mantua conquers with its aristocratic charm. One of the best ways to visit it is by bicycle, observing every street where traces of those powerful Gonzagas who loved it so much were kept, and who gave them beautifully decorated palaces. In addition to the city, the surrounding areas also have long and well-kept cycle paths, which allow them to explore the entire urban and extra-urban fabric practically without limits. Among the first things to see there are Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo della Ragione and the Palazzo della Podestà. Next to the two palaces do not miss the fifteenth-century and characteristic Clock Tower. In the eastern area stands the magnificent Palazzo Te. Among the religious places, to visit the Duomo.