Bologna, the main city in the region Emilia-Romagna, is a fascinating city, which has always been at the center of important historical events. It has spectacular architecture, the oldest university in the Western world, and a delicious culinary tradition.
Bologna is among the ten biggest cities in Italy, which is why it can be difficult to choose the right zone to stay, especially if it’s the first time visiting it.

In this article, you will find a guide on the best zones to stay in Bologna, a list of the best neighborhoods to choose according to your needs.

Staying in the historical center of Bologna

The historical center of Bologna is probably the best zone to choose if you want to visit the city. Here, you will find Piazza Maggiore, the main square of Bologna, which hosts many monuments to visit. It is a zone with medieval charm, which is perfect for riding a bike among the streets. In the historical center, there are also the best restaurants, where you can taste authentic Bolognese cuisine.

It is not far from the railway station, however, it’s not the ideal place for those traveling by car, as there is no parking.

Staying in the university district in Bologna

The University of Bologna is the oldest university in the western world, and it keeps attracting a lot of students all over Italy and all over the world. So, the university district around Via Zamboni is the perfect place for young people. In fact, there are many bars and clubs for having fun and it’s cheaper than the historical center. However, it’s not that far from the center, so it’s easy to visit the city starting from there.

Staying in the Jewish Quarter in Bologna

The Jewish Quarter in Bologna is located between the historical center and the university district. Is a very ancient zone, as well as one of the most picturesque and suggestive places in the city. It is characterized by colorful houses reflecting in the water of the little channels: a wonderful spectacle for your eyes.

Staying in the Bolognina district

Bolognina is one of the best areas to choose for staying in Bologna, perfect for both families and young people. It’s far from the chaos of the city, but it’s still very alive. It’s a multicultural district, where you can find both typical Bolognese trattorias and ethnic restaurants. Bolognina is an eclectic and anti conformist district, as it best summarizes the soul of Bologna.

Staying in Bologna Fiere

The district of Bologna Fiere is the best for those traveling for work. In fact, it’s close to the airport, therefore easily accessible. It’s very practical also for those visiting Bologna for fairs and events who also want to visit the city, as it’s not that far from the city center.

Staying on the Bolognese Hills

The Bolognese Hills are a good option for those who want to visit Bologna as well as staying in a very calm and peaceful area surrounded by nature. They’re not that far from the city, but they are full of rural landscapes, where you can relax with a picnic or other activities in the open air. The hills are particularly recommended during spring and summer.

Brief information about Bologna

The red, the learned, the fat. Bologna is the main city in Emilia-Romagna, being also its most populated one. It’s always been an important city in the course of history.

It is famous for its historical center, which is one of the biggest in Italy, for its towers and its arcades, which gave her the nickname the red (la rossa). Among the most important attractions, there are the two towers, Torri degli Asinelli, the fountain of Neptune and the Basilica of Saint Petronio. In Bologna, there is the oldest university in the Western world, the Alma Mater Studiorum. For this reason, it is called the learned (la dotta).

Lastly, the culinary tradition of Bologna made her earn the nickname the fat (la grassa), because there is delicious food such as ragù and mortadella.

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