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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Plaza
“Piazza Maggiore is located at the very centre of Bologna and it's one of the most beautiful and lively squares in Italy. In the past, the square underwent many changes and was further enriched with important buildings: Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dei Notai, Palazzo d'Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo dei Bianchi. When there, do not miss to pay a visit to Fontana del Nettuno and Biblioteca Salaborsa as well! ”
  • 109 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna or MAMbo is a purpose-designed museum of modern and experimental art in Bologna, Italy”
  • 111 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Typical food market during day, dining and drinking court during evening, with different kind of restaurants and lot of places to have drinks, also in the back area where people hang out outside bars.”
  • 135 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Church
“From the center of the city, reaches the Sanctuary of San Luca, a traditional destination for religious pilgrimages linked to the devotion of the image of the Blessed Virgin. The route offers the opportunity to learn about the Bolognese arcades, candidates for UNESCO World Heritage. The arcade that connects Porta Saragozza to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca is the longest in the world with its 3.5 km. Consisting of 666 arches, each marked by a progressive number: the first 306 connect Porta Saragozza to the Arco del Meloncello while the last 360 are those located in the hilly stretch from Meloncello to Colle della Guardia. The latter are interspersed with 15 chapels that illustrate the mystery of the rosary. It is possible to reach the Basilica on foot or by express train that leaves from Piazza Maggiore in Bologna.”
  • 130 locals recommend
Route
“Via Indipendenza is the main street of Bologna. It starts from Piazza Maggiore and ends at the railway station. It has been completed in 1890 when the city became an important railway junction. Now via Indipendenza is the heart of the shopping area: under its porticoes, protecting pedestrians on both sides of the street, you’ll find many low-cost clothes shops, designer labels, small shops, fast food and sandwiches bar. Via Indipendenza is always very popular among Bologna people of all ages: we suggest to take a walk there!”
  • 50 locals recommend
Trattoria/Osteria
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“Cheap and cheerful place with an always changing menu of typical dishes and bruschette, always very crowded and they don’t accept reservations”
  • 65 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“It is the largest and certainly the most popular city park. It was designed by the Piedmontese Sambuy to provide Bologna with an ample green and public place as in other Italian and European cities. It was opened in 1879 with the name of “Passeggio Regina Margherita” ( as a tribute to the wife of King Umberto I).”
  • 110 locals recommend
Route
“Piazza Maggiore is the main square in Bologna: San Petronio Church, Fountain of Neptune and the visitor center for tourists are placed there. Pop in to have some info. From June to August there's an amazing open air cinema. You could watch ancient movies under the stars, very romantic. Under the Portico del Podestà you wil find the whispering walls. Four passages coverage and in each corner there's a niche with a statue over it. If you stand facing the wall and someone else opposite, you really can whisper to each other. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Historic Site
“If you're not too lasy climbing all the steps, you'll have a wonderfull view of Bologna. You will distinguish very easily the hills, all rooftops, the parks and so on...”
  • 69 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“The Torre degli Asinelli and the Garisenda are one of the biggest attractions of the Emilian capital, strategically placed at the entrance to the city from the ancient Via Emilia. Erected between 1109 and 1119, as a symbol of power and prestige of the aristocratic families whose name they bear, the towers are today the main destination for tourists visiting Bologna. The highest of the two is the Torre degli Asinelli (97.20 meters), consisting of an internal stairway of 498 steps: climbing up to the top you can admire the whole city from above, and some say that, in the days more clear, even the Alps and the Adriatic Sea can be seen. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“The Mercato di Mezzo is one of the most representative historical places of the Bolognese food culture, a stone's throw from Piazza Maggiore: since the Middle Ages this has been the place of tastes and encounter, commerce, memory and gastronomic tradition of the city . Transformed, after the Unification of Italy, in the first covered market of the city, it was the object in 2014 of an important recovery and redevelopment project. The structure is divided into three floors, and is a space where to buy or consume food and wine products and excellent dishes. On the ground floor there are large and small tables in common use and food kiosks, placed in the side niches as in the nineteenth-century plan: meat, fish, salami, cheese, fruit, bread, pasta, ice cream and pastry, wines. On the first floor is the pizzeria and in the basement, with striking barrel vaults, a craft brewery, both with additional tables and chairs. On Via Clavature, next to the entrance to the Church of Santa Maria della Vita, it also offers pleasant tables and outdoor chairs. The Mercato di Mezzo is open seven days a week, from 8.30 until midnight, and often offers tasting appointments and meetings related to the culture of food.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Road
“Via del Pratello is well know for nightclubbing, social events, street foods! Visit it during the evening / night for funny moments!”
  • 71 locals recommend
Park
“Our green lung in downtown Bologna. You can walk, run, train or eat an ice cream or relax taking an aperitif surrounded by the most beautiful park in town”
  • 47 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“A relaxed and friendly place where you can bring in your food to eat with the wine or beer they serve. This is the oldest osteria in Bologna and one of the oldest in Europe, so it’s a must visit.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Library
“Biblioteca Salaborsa is the central public library opened in 2001 and provides a rich and fascinating cultural space inside Palazzo d'Accursio, the ancient and historical seat of the city government. The archaeological excavations carried out recently to restore Salaborsa revealed traces of public and religious buildings. They are visible to the public through a walkway and testify to the fact that the place has always been the centre of public life in the city. There is the impressive wall perimeter of the Renaissance Terribilia tank, paved roads and foundations of the Roman basilica, the wall of the Medieval tower house and the star-shaped tub once at the centre of the garden. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Church
“When construction of the massive church that dominates one side of Piazza Maggiorebegan in 1390, it was designed to be even bigger than St. Peter's in Rome, but never quite made it. In fact, it was never finished, and the facade remains incomplete. In the tiny museum at the back of the church, you can see the designs that were submitted for the facade, including those by the great architect Andrea Palladio. The interior, which was finished, is often referred to as the epitome of Gothic architecture in Italy, and each of the side chapels seems like a small church. Look for the strange line cutting across the floor of the nave; it is a meridian line.”
  • 37 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience

Top restaurants

Trattoria/Osteria
“Cheap and cheerful place with an always changing menu of typical dishes and bruschette, always very crowded and they don’t accept reservations”
  • 65 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“For more than 20 years, this place has been combining the best traditional Bolognese cuisine with a wide range of wines and the force of jazz and swing, played here live and acoustic almost every night. An institution in town.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Camera a Sud is a quite place where you can have wine or good cocktails and if you wanna eat they have food as well :)”
  • 32 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“This Osteria is small and rustic offering a different style menu. You can decide if you want appetizers, first dishes (pasta), second dishes (meat), and/or dessert and they will bring out various dishes according each course. The desserts are never ending and of course delicious! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Pub
“Wine, drinks and easy foods in a cozy atmosphere. Ruggine became quickly one of the most unconventional bar/restaurant in town. The bartenders and servers are very nice and welcoming. The place is both good for a night out with drinks and for a casual dinner.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“True Bolognese cuisine Family atmosphere, certainly not a classy or modern place. Friendly staff. Excellent tortellini in broth and lasagna as first courses, as second courses you should not miss the roast and boiled meat carts.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Restaurant Ecucina the starry Cesare Marretti Chef . for lunch you can eat fantastic with the first entry , dessert or fruit , wine, water and coffee for only 10 € . at dinner you can only choose between meat or fish or vegetarian , the dishes are surprising and each dish costs only € 8 is required to buy at least 3 dishes , for those who love the cuisine of a chef Cesare Marretti starred as cheap , the restaurant ecucina is the obligatory stop in Bologna”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“hand made pasta served in a cosy and nice enviroment. I love to have lunch here. best book a table in advance. ”
  • 23 locals recommend

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