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Flights to Bologna touch down in an energetic university town boasting architectural masterpieces and some of Italy’s best cuisine.

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You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, teenagers, children, and infants.

Each adult passenger can bring one infant.

Children traveling alone or in a different cabin class from their parents are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.

  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), children, and infants.
  • Each adult or OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to receive the tax exemption.
  • Children traveling alone, or in a different cabin class from their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), teenagers, children, and infants.
  • Each adult or OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to receive the tax exemption.
  • Children traveling alone, or in a different cabin class from their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
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Flights to Bologna

Rome and Florence may get more attention and more visitors, but underestimate Bologna at your own risk.

Once your flight to Bologna lands, you’ll likely spend your days in the city walking from cafe to gelateria to pasta restaurant to pizzeria. You might leave a little heavier, but you won’t regret it. You can burn off some of those calories with a trek to the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca, a basilica that looks out over the city from the top of a hill; its 666 arches connect it to the city walls. Or walk through the historic city center, whose exceptional medieval architecture and gorgeous piazzas deserve ample time dedicated to exploring their infinite exquisite details.

The city’s red roofs and nearly 40 km of arcades make this the perfect place for photo opportunities, but take time out from admiring the architecture to try a pasta-making class, explore a museum, or spend a couple of hours in the botanical gardens. The city is overflowing with hidden delights that are well worth exploring.

What to do in Bologna

Marvel at the Two Towers

Leaning towers are a bit of a theme in Italy, and Bologna’s got two. Climb to the top of the tallest one, Asinelli Tower (498 narrow steps up, at a lean of 1.3 meters), for a fabulous city view. The second, shorter one (the Garisenda Tower) has a precarious 3.2 meter lean. The towers, the dominant symbol of Bologna, date back to the early 12th century.

Piazza di Porta Ravegnana

Explore the Piazza Maggiore

This city square is the heart of Bologna; its medieval city hall, surfeit of gorgeous churches, and handful of touristy cafes are all worth visiting, if only for the view. Come here to see Neptune’s Fountain (Fontana di Nettuno), test the "whispering walls" with a friend, marvel at the enormous Basilica of San Petronio, or simply sip a cappuccino and take in the ancient grandeur.

Piazza Maggiore
40124
+39 51 239 660

Wander around the Basilica Santuario della Madonna di San Luca

A short drive or a 30-minute walk from the city center, this magnificent 18th-century basilica is connected to the city walls by a portico of 666 arches. There is a group of churches here that are worth spending an afternoon wandering through, and the atmosphere and setting are refreshingly peaceful.

Via di San Luca 36
40135
+39 51 648 0611

Where to eat in Bologna

Caminetto d’Oro (Italian)

This simply decorated restaurant has been a local favorite for more than 80 years. The breads and pastas are all made here, and if you’re craving some protein, the steaks, from locally raised cows, are top-notch. The food, while traditional, still has a dash of creativity, which can be seen in dishes such as the chickpeas and codfish with candied lemon.

Via dè Falegnami 4
40121
+39 51 263 494

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Mercato di Mezzo (Market)

Renovated in 2014, this magnificent mercato has been a market since the Middle Ages. Now, it’s one of the best places to sample the gastronomic offerings of Bologna, with a slew of stalls and vendors selling everything from fruit and bread to pasta and pastry, as well as plenty of restaurant options. It’s open every day until midnight.

Via Clavature 12
40124
+39 51 228 782

Alce Nero Berberè (Cafe)

Truly exceptional pizza is on the table at this chic cafe cum deli. The owners have dedicated considerable time and energy to developing a light pizza made with a mix of healthy flours like rye and spelt and topped with burrata, Swiss chard, or blue cheese.

Via Giuseppe Petroni 9C
+39 51 275 9196

Places to stay in Bologna

I Portici Hotel

I Portici is a hotel built inside a palazzo from the 1800s; its rooms are either simple and very modern or restored and decorated with frescoes and parquet floors. Either way, they’re comfy and occasionally available at very good rates. The hotel’s food and beverage options are on point in every respect, and the flagship restaurant has a Michelin star.

Via Indipendenza 69
40121
+39 51 42185

Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni

The 18th-century charm of this hotel is considerable, with rooms boasting chandeliers, elegant mouldings, and luxurious fabrics, in addition to free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. An excellent breakfast is served in your room or outdoors, so partake before making the short walk to Bologna’s main sights.

Via Indipendenza 8
40121
+39 51 225 445

Hotel Porta San Mamolo

The friendly staff are the big draw at this small hotel, which is bursting at the seams with Old World charm. Close to the Piazza Maggiore, the hotel offers clean, old-fashioned rooms with polished wooden floors and striped wallpaper, a charming garden, and a breakfast that gets rave reviews.

Vicolo del Falcone 6/8
40124
+39 51 583 056

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