Wandering around the city

Bologna is a city rich in history and art whose historic centre has been preserved well, well-known for its long porticos and towers. Find out what to see in Bologna: our hotel lies right in the centre and boast an ideal position to visit the whole city on foot.

Those arriving in the city cannot miss the two Towers, Torre Garisenda, 47 meters high and the magnificent Torre Degli Asinelli, reaching 92,20 meters. You will definitely get curious and feel like climbing it to the top. This is why hundreds of tourists daily decide to climb the 498 steps to enjoy the wonderful view.

Piazza Maggiore is the place where everything happens, the city’s main gateway and scenario.  San Petronio Basilica, the city’s main church and especially Europe’s sixth largest church runs the show and capture tourists’ attention. The square, 115 meters long and 60 meters wide, is surrounded by medieval high-valued palaces: Palazzo del Podestà (Podestà Palace), the most ancient one surmounted by Torre dell’Arengo (Arengo Tower) and Palazzo Re Enzo (King Enzo Palace) which hosts a magnificent pedestrian crossroads become one of the city’s symbols.
To visit San Luca Shrine, so dear to the locals, you need to walk through a nearly 4-kilometer portico made of 666 arches and 15 chapels. According to some, the number 666 would be no coincidence. Indeed, the “Devil’s” number would have been used to symbolize the snaking portico (its length and shape may remind it) and therefore represent the traditional Virgin Mary towering over and defeating the Devil. The scenic view gives an exciting memory. You will be amazed by knowing that, pushed by faith, the locals often walk up the hill and eventually trail down to the city. Do you want to try that?

Wish to enjoy the city’s most breathtaking view?

Then add a further stop-over: San Michele in Bosco, a towering architectural complex made of a church and a convent rising on the city’s first hill. The complex features a well-extended panoramic terrace offering a view over the city and the plain stretching to the Alps!

   Main churches

  • Santo Stefano Complex or seven churches
  • Chiesa di San Petronio (San Petronio Church)
  • Santuario di San Luca (San Luca Shrine)
  • Basilica di San Domenico (with the grave of San Domenico by Nicolo’ dell’Arca and a small angel by Michelangelo)
  • Santa Maria della vita (with the famous Compianto by Nicolò dell’Arca)
  • San Francesco

   Main museums

  • Museo Civico Archeologico (Civic and Archeological Museum), via dell’Archiginnasio 2
  • Museo Civico Medievale (Civic and Medieval Museum), via Manzoni 4 
  • Mambo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, (Bologna’s Museum of Modern Art) via Don Minzoni 14 
  • Museo Morandi (Morandi Museum) – Mambo, Via Don Minzoni, 14
  • Pinacoteca Nazionale (National Art Gallery), via Belle Arti 56
  • Museo Ducati, (Ducati Museum) via Cavalier Ducati 3 

   Characteristic spots

  • La finestrella sul fiume Aposa di Via Piella (The window by the Aposa river)
  • I quattro cantoni del Voltone del Podestà in Piazza Maggiore
  • I giardini Margherita (Margherita Gardens)
  • Il grande mercato della montagnola (Montagnola Street Market) (on Fridays and Saturdays)
  • Galleria Cavour (Cavour Gallery): luxury shopping
  • Archiginnasio: la prima sede dell’Università di Bologna (University of Bologna’s first seat)

Bologna and its wine&food culture

Bologna is synonymous with food.

Several tourists come to the city to sample the specialties which made it famous all over the world: tagliatelle, tortellini and lasagne, deli meats and mortadella, parmigiano reggiano and traditional balsamic vinegar (imported for the nearby Modena).
It is not a coincidence that the city’s motto is: Bologna the wise (because it hosts the world’ most ancient University), the fat (for its culinary tradition) and the red (for the colors of its porticos).

A walk through the ancient Mercato del Quadrilatero (Quadrilatero Market) will flame your eyes and palate with its cured meat and food shops, fruit and vegetables, fishmongers who also sell oysters and champagne and ancient bakers with shop windows displaying lots of types of fresh pasta.


Are you ready to visit the World’s largest agri-food park? We are talking about FICO, located a few kilometers away from Bologna’s city centre: a space wholly dedicated to hundreds of food varieties where to sample all types of delicacy prepared before your eyes. But fun at FICO does not end here! The park offers tours, courses, events and even beach volley or beach tennis games on sand courts!

Ours is a district filled with Restaurants!!

Around our hotel are many of the city’s best known restaurants.
Here are the nearest ones. Our reception will be happy to propose you the best suited solution according to your tastes and budget!

What would you like to eat?

Traditional cuisine

  • Trattoria Annamaria
  • Trattoria del Rosso
  • Trattoria da Biassanot
  • Osteria dell'Orsa
  • Ristorante da Teresina
  • Ristorante Donatello
  • Trattoria Oberdan
  • Trattoria il Gessetto
  • Trattoria da TonY


  • Sale Grosso, Matusel
  • La Cambusa

Southern cuisine

  • Il ristoro del Meridione

Live music and Bologna-style cuisine

  • Cantina Bentivoglio (jazz)
  • Bravo Caffè


  • Pizzeria Belle Arti
  • Pizzeria Berberè


  • Bottega i Portici (take-away tortellini)
  • Salumeria Simoni
  • Salumeria Tamburini
  • Zerocinquantino
  • Mercato di mezzo
  • Mercato delle Erbe (Herbal Market) in via Ugo Bassi

Bologna and the Motor Valley

Ferrari …made the history of world’s motor companies! Companies making our country famous in the world over. 
Are you interested in knowing how they were born? Who was the genius leading men to attain such legendary  outcomes? Are you curious to know in person the original racing and modern models?

Here you are, welcome to Italy’s unique Motor Valley: Emilia Romagna.


The well-known brand Ducati was born here out of the passion of its keen-eyed creators. Whatever concerns the birth, the first models, projects and achievements attained by this glorious brand are exhibited at the Ducati Museum of Borgo Panigale. Modern and charming, it is a stop-over not to be missed for motorbike enthusiasts. The visit will guide you through Ducati’s 90-year-long history to understand how it was born and how such a prestigious brand has developed over time.


In 1914 Alfiero Maserati decided to take the first step towards the building of an ambitious and revolutionary project: the founding of the Tridente’s house then turned into the brand Maserati. The office eventually designed a collection of marvelous vehicles unique all over the world. The Museum can be visited upon reservation and explains well how the Panini family saved this Italian treasure acquiring it in full to preserve it when it was auctioned in 1996! Enjoy the visit and discover the museum’s incredible’s history!


Who doesn’t know the history of the wonderful “Testa Rossa”. Ferrari is one of Italy’s most characteristic symbols, the most beautiful and appreciated creation mankind was able to conceive. Like every large brand’s history, the history of Ferrari tells of great men who made their dreams and ambitions come true thanks to their intelligence and perseverance. If you want to learn the secrets behind this success and admire a unique and unmatched collection ranging from Ferrari’s first model to F1’s models to the company’s latest creation, you cannot miss the Ferrari Museum in Maranello!
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