Destination guide

Get schooled in the beautiful academic city of Bologna

Want to visit a place in northern Italy that's not Milan or Venice but equally magnifico? Bustling Bologna, sometimes called "La Dotta" (The Learned One), is home to the world's oldest academic institution, the University of Bologna, founded in 1088. As such, this city's got it going on in the culture department, especially when it comes to music, film, and dance. The students create lively nightlife, and you also have plenty of places to indulge in delicious northern Italian cuisine. And with most Bologna vacation rentals you'll be in walking distance of landmarks that highlight the area's Etruscan history.

Things to do

You'll have gallery visits down to a fine art

You won't walk more than a few feet before you run into a gallery, ancient building, or cool theater. Admire art at galleries like Palazzo Fava and MAMbo and see the 14th-century castle remains in Montagnola Park. Piazza Maggiore is the 15th-century square smack in the middle of the city. It's full of cafes, musical street performers, medieval and Renaissance buildings, and the Fountain of Neptune. You might see small canals—old merchant waterways—when you're walking around, and you'll be able to see the city's icon, the medieval Two Towers, from most Bologna vacation rentals.


Let the music set you free in Bologna, Italy

Bologna's celebrated for its music culture, and you can celebrate it too at one of the festivals devoted to jazz, classical, or contemporary genres. Several film and dance festivals happen annually as well. The city's rich cuisine is heavy on the meat, including its 2 namesake foods, bologna sausage and Bolognese, a rich meat ragu served with tagliatelle. Nearby vineyards make Sangiovese and Lambrusco, deep red wines that pair nicely with the region's food. And in the city's historic center, you'll find art galleries and musuems, medieval towers, and ancient cathedrals.


A musical city with a song for all seasons

Bologna has 4 fantastic seasons, with hot summers in the 70s and 80s, and winters in the 30s, with occasional snow and lots of overcast days. Chances of "pioggia" (rain) are high in spring and autumn, with November being the wettest month. The best but also busiest time for Bologna vacation rentals is spring or early summer, when the sun's warm rays make for perfect sightseeing days. For quieter crowds and lower prices, try October or November. And you're guaranteed to find a festival or 2 whenever you end up going.

Natural features

The skyline's as red as the wine you'll be drinking

Bologna's between the Reno and Savena Rivers at the foot of the Apennine Mountains, with the east coast about 50 miles away. The lush forested foothills of the craggy limestone mountain range are visible from 'La Rossa', a nickname Bologna earned from the red hues of terra cotta buildings that dominate the skyline. You'll find that all roads lead back the Bologna's central square, Piazza Maggiore. The surrounding lands of the Po River Delta have fertile soil for fruit orchards and forests, and make excellent habitats for animals like wild horses, black bulls, herons, terns, ducks, and more.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Bologna

Fly into Bologna (BLQ-Guglielmo Marconi), the closest airport, located 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Bologna Central Station, Bologna Rimesse Station and Bologna San VItale Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay around Bologna?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 904 vacation rentals near Bologna. From 703 Condos/Apartments to 111 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bologna for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bologna?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bologna:

  • Santo Stefano: 671 vacation rentals
  • Bolognina: 268 vacation rentals
  • Saragozza-Porto: 579 vacation rentals
  • San Donato-San Vitale: 426 vacation rentals
  • Navile: 299 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bologna?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bologna. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Piazza Maggiore: 957 vacation rentals
  • Bologna Central Station: 949 vacation rentals
  • BolognaFiere: 940 vacation rentals
  • Bologna Botanical Gardens: 951 vacation rentals
  • Palazzo Bolognini: 958 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bologna listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Bologna?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 703 Condos/Apartments in Bologna. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bologna include:

  • Houses: 111 rentals available
  • Villas: 22 rentals available
  • Studios: 710 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bologna?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 32 vacation rentals with pool available in Bologna. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.