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Popular amenities for Bologna vacation rentals

Stay near Bologna's top sights

Bologna Fiere110 locals recommend
Unipol Arena15 locals recommend
Policlinico Sant'Orsola-Malpighi43 locals recommend
Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna62 locals recommend
Renato Dall'Ara Stadium42 locals recommend
Piazza Maggiore499 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Bologna

  • Total rentals

    5.9K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    263K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.3K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    1.6K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    20 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    2.5K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Bologna

All About Bologna

Bologna, capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, is known throughout Europe as a food-lover’s mecca. Friends gather along the peach porticos of Piazza Mazziore for carafes of Lambrusco, the local wine, and plates of prosciutto and other aperitivi. Some restaurants specialize in Bologna’s distinctive pastas, such as meat-filled tortellini in broth (hand twisted, of course) and lasagne oozing with Bolognese sauce.

While the incredible food scene is a huge draw, Bologna’s other charms are on display when you’re not looking down at your plate. Recently, the so-called City of Porticos was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Musicians perform on the cobblestones of Bologna’s central piazzas while cyclists whisk by on bikes and Vespas. Bologna doesn’t have a leaning tower like Pisa — it has two: Asinelli and Garisenda. At the Fountain of Neptune in the Piazza del Nettuno, the Ancient Roman sea god towers over the city. North of the city center, the centuries-old Piazzola Market is where hundreds of merchants sell their wares, from fashion to flowers.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Bologna

The best times to secure your Bologna vacation rental are spring and autumn, when the weather is usually sunny but milder and less humid than summer, which can get very hot. Businesses also often close during part of the summer so the owners can take their annual vacations, so keep this in mind if you choose to visit during this time. Winters are generally cool but not too cold, and since snow is rare, this may be a great time to explore the city. Bologna’s Christmas markets, held in the weeks leading up to the holiday, can be a festive place to do some shopping and discover Christmas delicacies.

Top things to do in Bologna

Bologna Food Tour

A perfect way to quickly get your bearings in the city that calls itself La Grassa (“the fat one”) is to take a walking, biking, or bus tasting tour. You can learn how the best foods and wines are produced and prepared, and leave knowing where to buy true Modena balsamic vinegar or top-notch Parmigiano Reggiano.

University of Bologna

Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna is the world’s oldest university in continuous operation. It is home to stunning 16th-century buildings like the Palazzo Poggi or the Collegio di Spagna, as well as one of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe. The university grounds and many of its buildings are open to the public to explore.

Carpigiani Gelato Museum

This museum is dedicated to the history, culture, and technology of gelato. Here you can enroll in a hands-on masterclass, take a guided tour of the exhibits, and taste some of the many flavors of gelato that Bolognese artisans produce.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Bologna?

    Bologna has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers reaching temperatures of 86°F (30°C) and mild winters averaging 41°F (5°C). There's moderate rainfall throughout the year, and occasional snowfall in winter.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Bologna?

    In Bologna, you can explore the historic Piazza Maggiore, visit the beautiful San Petronio Basilica, or climb the Asinelli Tower for a panoramic city view. Food enthusiasts might enjoy sampling local cuisine at the Quadrilatero market.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Bologna?

    The most popular time to visit Bologna is during spring (April to June) or fall (September to November). Local events like ArteFiera in January, and Bologna Children's Book Fair in April, often draw international crowds.

  • What are the best places to stay in Bologna?

    Popular areas to stay in Bologna include the vibrant University Quarter, the historic and central Piazza Maggiore area, or the tranquil Santo Stefano neighborhood, known for its medieval charm.

  • What are the best places to visit in Bologna?

    Popular places to visit in Bologna include the distinctive Two Towers, the bustling Piazza Maggiore, and the historic Archiginnasio. For art enthusiasts, the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna hosts an impressive collection of Renaissance paintings.

  • What are some hiking trails in Bologna?

    Bologna is surrounded by the hills of Emilia-Romagna, providing ample hiking opportunities. The trails of Parco dei Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi dell'Abbadessa, and the scenic path to San Luca Sanctuary, are favored by locals and visitors alike.

  • What are some family activities to do in Bologna?

    Families in Bologna can enjoy a visit to the interactive Museo per Bambini, explore the city's parks such as Parco della Montagnola, or discover the intriguing exhibits at the Science Museum. Puppet shows at Teatro Testoni are also popular with children.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Bologna?

    Day trips from Bologna often include exploring the elegant city of Parma, the historic town of Ferrara, or the vibrant coastal city of Rimini. For car enthusiasts, a visit to the Ferrari Museum in nearby Maranello is also an exciting adventure.

  • How much does it cost to stay in villa rentals in Bologna?

    Experience the best of Bologna with our villa rentals, starting at about $20 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there serviced apartment rentals with a dedicated workspace in Bologna?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 20 serviced apartment rentals in Bologna featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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