Bologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna, in the Po Valley of northern Italy. The city lies between the Po River and the Apennine Mountains. Bologna is undeniably a cultural and historical city that is worth a visit, whatever the time of year. There are so many wonderful places to see in Bologna that there is sure to be something for everyone. The weather in Bologna makes this city an ideal destination for a holiday or short break. Even it is easy to get around. The city is fairly compact and most of the sights are within easy walking distance. The city also has a good public transport system too.
Bologna has an stimulating and exhilarating nightlife. There are plenty of cafs and bars that stay open until midnight. Bologna is also one of the greatest cultural centers in Italy with numerous theatrical performances and operas being held at the Teatro Duse in Via Cartoleria.
Bologna is renowned for its culinary tradition. The rich local cuisine depends heavily on meats and cheeses.There is plethora of shops in Bologna that sell all sorts of delicacies and mouth-watering food like Certosino. In Piazza Maggiore there are some good shops selling wines and spirits.
Guglielmo Marconi International Airport in Bologna expanded in 2004 by extending the runway to accommodate larger aircraft and increase the number of daily flights. This international gateway is the tenth busiest Italian airport for passenger traffic. You can reach here by train or car.
According to 2008 estimation is 374,561.
Bologna shopping is varied, with many small and interesting boutiques, together with larger chain stores.
Via Rizzoli and Via dell'Indipendenza are the main centers for fashion shopping in Bologna.
You can also shop for some trendy outfits in Via Farini.
There are lots of options open for sports in Bologna. It has a wide range of activities to tempt all lovers of the outdoors. The main activities are :
Bologna has an excellent bus network and local railway service. Alternatively, if you prefer to be driven around Bologna there are plenty of taxis, but they are very expensive.
Climate and Weather
Summers are hot and humid. Winter is cold and fairly unpredictable.