Bologna is one of the most beautiful and charming cities in Italy, full of art, history and culture. It is close to all the major tourist destinations in Italy.
Bologna, a landmark of contemporary European culture, is the capital city of the lively Emilia-Romagna region, nicknamed “la Dotta, la Rossa, la Grassa, la Turrita” (the learned one, the red one, the fat one and turreted one).
The city is, above all, “la Dotta” due to its ancient University, the oldest in the Western world. It is also called “la Rossa” due to its walls, medieval houses and terracotta roofs that give it its red appearance. The city’s traditional dishes, such as tortellini, lasagne, tagliatelle with meat sauce and crescentine, have earned it the title of “la Grassa”. Finally, “La Turrita” is a nickname that comes from more than a hundred towers that soared into the sky during its medieval past.
Contemporary but with a medieval centre, Bologna is dotted with arcades, museums and theatres. It also has a lively atmosphere that attracts all Exhibitors and Visitors to BIG BUYER 2019, who can taste its delicious and renowned cuisine that delights all palates.
Just 30 minutes from Bologna by train, Modena is an extraordinary combination of innovation and history. The beautiful architectural attractions in its historic centre became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, including, in particular, the Duomo, Piazza Grande and the Torre Ghirlandina. Moreover, the city is home to many cultural institutes including the Museo Civico d’Arte (Civic art museum), the Centro Archeologico-Etnologico (Archaeological and Ethnological museum) and the Galleria Estense.
Motor racing fans must not miss a visit to the MEF, the museum dedicated to the life of Enzo Ferrari, where photos, videos and memorabilia bring back to life the sports legend admired throughout the world.
50 km from Bologna
It takes just 20 minutes on a Freccia train from Bologna, the capital city of the Emilia region, to Ferrara, a stop not to be missed for those who visit the region. This Renaissance capital is geographically located in an ideal position, not far from the River Po and the sea, a special feature that has attracted tourists from around the globe. Its unique urban layout, perfectly blending the Middle Ages with the Renaissance, was acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the first example of the modern city in Europe. Places not to be missed include Palazzo Schifanoia with its beautiful Salone dei Mesi (Room of the months) frescoed in the 15th century by artists of the Officina Ferrarese, the Castello Estense and the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral with its museum that houses some very fine works.
50 Km from Bologna
It takes just 30 minutes by train to get to from Bologna to Reggio Emilia, the city where the Italian flag was created in 1797. The attractions in the city include the Basilica della Madonna della Ghiara, a Baroque building that houses the Crocifissione del Guercino (Crucifixion of Guercino). You can admire elegant Piazza Prampolini, the heart of the city, overlooked by the Cathedral, the Baptistery and Palazzo Municipale (Town hall).
The Teatro Municipale (Municipal theatre) is very famous with its unique neoclassic façade, embellished with 19 Tuscan columns made of granite, overlooking Piazza Martire del VII luglio. The theatre hosts many concerts and operas.
Art, music, culture and cuisine: in Reggio Emilia you must try “cappelletti in brodo”, a typical dish that has been delighting palates for generations!
70 Km from Bologna
It takes just 45 minutes by train to get to this elegant city, in the Emilia region, from Bologna. Refined with plenty of green spaces, Parma is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy thanks to the large number of artistic masterpieces preserved in its historic centre. Piazza Duomo has visually striking architecture with its outstanding Romanesque Cathedral and Gothic Baptistery, the two most important artistic and religious monuments in the city. The true symbol of the city, however, is Palazzo della Pilotta, the ancient residence of the Farnese family, which hosts many theatrical and musical events in its external courtyard in summer. Every year, in October, the Teatro Regio holds the Festival Verdi, an event that attracts classical music lovers from all over Europe.
Parma is also famous worldwide for its gourmet delicacies, especially its Prosciutto (ham) and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
100 km from Bologna
Departing from Bologna, it only takes 35 minutes on FRECCIA high-speed trains to get to Florence, the capital city of Tuscany that has retained its ancient charm and splendour.
The centre of Renaissance art and architecture, the city is crossed by the river Arno. Walking along its streets, you cannot help being captivated by the magical atmosphere of its monuments steeped in history and importance. Thanks to its beauty and historic centre, it has been included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you want to get an even more impressive view of the city, it is worth admiring it from the surrounding hills: from Forte Belvedere, Piazzale Michelangelo and the hills of Fiesole.
110 km from Bologna
Bologna is only 1 hour by FRECCIA trains from Milan, the main economic and financial centre in Italy, a focal point for industrial design and one of the world’s four fashion capitals. Founded back in the 6th century, the capital city of Lombardy was one of the busiest centres during the Risorgimento (Unification of Italy). Today, tourists from all over the world are amazed by the excitement it has to offer. Cultured, modern and lively, with plenty of beautiful attractions and artistic works, its undisputed symbol is the Cathedral, with its bright Candoglia marble façade and late Gothic architecture. From the top of the cathedral, stopping at the foot of the renowned Madonnina statue, you can enjoy a unique view of the entire city, dominated by its 135 pinnacles pointing up to the sky.
215 km from Bologna
You can catch a FRECCIA train and in just an hour travel from Bologna to Venice, a charming and unique city in the world due to its amazing architectural features. Elegant, precious, exciting and romantic, Venice is full of noble palaces, ancient bridges, monuments and squares that are evidence of the artistic and cultural vivacity that has marked and still marks the history of this city today.
The heart of the city, with the lagoon all around it, is St. Mark’s Square, a real “parlour” surrounded by works of unquestionable value. Many cultural events take place in Venice. The city hosts two of the most important events in Italy: the International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale and the Venice International Film Festival. The city is also famous for its “Carnevale” (carnival).
150 Km from Bologna
You can catch a high-speed train from Bologna and get to Turin in just two hours, arriving in the capital city of the Piedmont region, a city with unique charm, surrounded by impressive mountain peaks. Combining simplicity and the typical luxury of the 19th century, Turin is a bustling place with clubs, bars and wine bars in the central area of Piazza Castello and throughout the city.
The heart of the ancient Kingdom of the Savoy dynasty and the scene of national Unity, Turin has impressive stately homes that have hosted kings and nobles of that period. It is also home to the famous Museo delle Antichità Egizie (Museum of Egyptian Antiquities), which has a collection of more than 5,000 artefacts, and is second only to the museum in Cairo.
330 Km from Bologna
From Bologna, you can catch a Freccia train that will get you to Rome in just 2 hours. It is the Eternal City, the Cradle of Civilization, “l’Urbe” (city) with a thousand facets, the political capital of Italy and the heart of Christianity in the world, since it is home to the papacy and the Vatican City.
In its three millennia of history, it was the first major metropolis of humanity, the heart of one of the most important ancient civilizations, which influenced society, language, literature, art, architecture, philosophy and customs over the following centuries. Imperial Rome, the Baroque period of the 17th century and the more modern period of the early 20th century enchant tourists from all over the world.
Rome is appreciated for its priceless artistic heritage and its liveliness. It offers visitors a variety of cultural events, permanent and travelling exhibitions, which fill its many museums with works of art dating from ancient times up to the present day.
Rome also knows how to best please those who love good cuisine.
340 Km from Bologna
It takes just 3 hours by train from Bologna to Naples, the city of art and history, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The capital city of the Campania region, it faces the Gulf of Naples that extends from the Sorrento peninsula to the volcanic area of Campi Flegrei, offering visitors breathtaking views, with the impressive Vesuvius volcano in the background.
Full of folklore, colourful and bustling with life, Naples is a city where historic – primarily Greek and Roman – and archaeological periods offer charming itineraries.
Castel Nuovo, also known as “il Maschio Angioino”, built during the reign of Charles I of Anjou, and Piazza del Plebiscito are certainly the city’s most emblematic monuments, but all the rest should not be missed.
And the three nearby magnificent islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida are also worth visiting.
570 Km from Bologna