Bologna is the largest city in the Emilia Romagna region in Northern Italy. It is mostly known for its beautiful Renaissance architecture and as a cultural reference point. In fact, it has the oldest university in the Western world: founded in 1088, it has over 100,000 students enrolled in its courses. The city has direct flights connecting it with major European capitals, such as London, Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam and Moscow. If you're looking for a low-cost flight from London, you can find it using our flight comparison tool, which lets you compare all the deals available. Some of Italy's finest dishes come from this city, and are known all over the world. Some examples are: pasta al ragů (known, in fact, as Bolognese), a wide variety of cured pork meats (prosciutto, salami and the local mortadella), lasagna and tortellini. World-renowned Lambrusco wines also come from the region.
Since the city is so close to the airport, you can easily get to and from the city centre by bus or taxi: the journey will only be around 20 minutes. Once you're in the city, you can purchase a Bologna Welcome Card, which gives you access to public transport and free admission to many museums: on top of this, you receive discounts on restaurants, theatres, shops, bars and spas. Besides the university and the food, the city has many more attractions and points of interest, despite being a surprisingly little-known city by international tourists. It has beautiful cobbled streets and over 23 miles of porticos! On top of its many interesting museums, you can also visit the Two Towers, symbol of the city: the Torre degli Asinelli and the Torre dei Garisenda. You can easily get to other beautiful Italian cities with the city's high-speed train connections. Cities such as Florence, Rome, Milan, Verona and Venice are only a few hours away at most, so you can make the most of your trip to Italy.