Where to stay in Bologna – What you need to know

Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia Romagna region in northern Italy.

Where to stay in Bologna, Italy - Best areas and hotels

Where to stay in Bologna, Italy – Best areas and hotels

Bologna is a city of nicknames: “La Dotta” (the erudite) refers to its status as the oldest university city in Europe, “La Rossa” (the red), speaks of the color of its old brick buildings and politic viewa of its young inhabitants, and “La Grassa” (the fat) refers to the fame of this region as the gourmet capital of Italy. If you have ever tasted pasta Bolognese, mortadella, Parmesan cheese or Modena vinegar, you could say that your palate has already travelled to Emilia Romagna without you knowing it.

In Bologna, the climate is semi-continental, typical of the Po Valley, with cold and humid winters and hot and sticky summers. The average temperature in January is around 3°C and the temperature in July is 24.5°C.

The tourist attractions of Bologna are open all year round and the city centre can be easily reached on foot.

As in other cities in Italy, the peak season in Bologna covers the summer season, Christmas and New Year and Easter week. During these dates, hotel prices soar, but it is also possible to find cheap accommodation in student residences that double as hotels when college students are on holidays. The best time to visit Bologna is in late spring and early fall when the weather is mild and the prices of accommodations are affordable.

As for the best areas, Centro Storico will always be the preferred area to stay in Bologna, due to its convenience and proximity to the city’s attractions. See hotels in Bologna’s City Centre.

This is a guide with the best areas to stay in Bologna, Italy.

The best areas to stay in Bologna, Italy

1. Best area: Centro Storico

The centre of Bologna is compact, walkable and full of medieval charm.

All the streets of this area seem to lead to the lively heart of the city, Piazza Maggiore, dominated by the unfinished Basilica of San Petronio, a basilica that remained unfinished in the sixteenth century, when the Pope stopped work to avoid it surpassing Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The shopping streets in the historic centre of the city are covered with intricately decorated porticos. All types of Italian and foreign brands can be found on Via dell’Independenza.

Piazza Maggiore hosts many local gastronomic markets where you can taste all the delicacies of the gourmet capital of Italy.

Definitely, the Centro Storico is the best area to stay in Bologna if you want to be close to everything, experience its gastronomy, its shopping options and its unique medieval atmosphere.

Best area to stay in Bologna - Centro Storico

Best area to stay in Bologna – Centro Storico

Centro Storico - Bologna

Centro Storico – Bologna

Centro Storico - Click to see all hotels on a map

Centro Storico – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Guesthouse Red Sofa is located in Bologna, a 2-minute walk from Piazza Maggiore and 250 meters from Via Zamboni. The air-conditioned rooms at this bed and breakfast have a TV, seating area, bathrobes and a hairdryer. – from €99.

  • Budget Option

    Hotel Centrale is located in the heart of the city, a few steps from Piazza Maggiore. The property overlooks the rooftops of Bologna and offers free Wi-Fi throughout the building. – from €49 .

  • Midrange Option

    Best Western Hotel San Donato, located in the university district of Bologna, features a rooftop bar and a terrace overlooking the city’s towers. A lovely buffet breakfast is served every morning. – from €68 .

  • Luxury Option

    Hotel Al Cappello Rosso, dating back to 1375, is one of the oldest boutique hotels in Bologna, located next to Piazza Maggiore, the main square of the city, it combines 600 years of hospitality with modern facilities. – from €119 .

 

 

 

2. Around Bologna-Centrale train station

Bologna Centrale Station is located directly north of the city’s historic centre.

The hotels in this area tend to be cheaper than those in the Centro and Piazza Maggiore is about a 20-minute walk away, making it an excellent and relatively central option to stay in Bologna.

Bologna Centrale station is one of the busiest in Italy and has direct connections with most of the major cities of the peninsula, including Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice or Rimini. Local, regional and long-distance buses also stop at the adjacent bus terminal.

Best districts to stay in Bologna

Best districts to stay in Bologna – Bologna Centrale

Bologna Centrale - Click to see all hotels on a map

Bologna Centrale – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    NH Bologna De La Gare is located only 300 meters from Bologna’s central train station, in the city’s shopping area, it offers free Wi-Fi. It offers an international breakfast buffet and spacious rooms equipped with a minibar and satellite TV. – from €88.

  • Budget Option

    B&B Silvano is located just 150 meters from Bologna Central Railway Station, it offers comfortable and basic rooms with 2 shared bathrooms. – from €35 .

 

 

 

3. Around Fiera di Bologna

The Fiera di Bologna (Fair of Bologna) is a complex of exhibition, congress and convention grounds located to the northeast of the city centre.

It is an area especially suitable for business and congress travellers and the hotels in this area are usually business-style.

Being a commercial and business centre, the area has good public transport connections and hotel rates are usually cheaper than in Centro Storico.

 Where to stay in Bologna - Fiera di Bologna

Where to stay in Bologna – Fiera di Bologna

Bologna Fiere - Click to see all hotels on a map

Bologna Fiere – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Bologna Fiera has a restaurant and is located a few meters from the Bologna Fiere exhibition center. Bologna Central Train Station is 2 km from the hotel. It offers rooms with a modern design and a flat-screen TV. – from €50.

 

 

 

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My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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