Bologna is the perfect destination for travelers looking to experience an old-world Roman city without the hustle and bustle found in Rome. You'll be able to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine (one of Bologna's most important exports is pasta!), stroll through magnificent plazas, and admire the sculptures and churches that make this city so great, without fighting crowds of tourists in every direction.
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Getting to Bologna International Airport
Bologna International Airport (BLQ) is a large international airport offering both domestic and international routes throughout Europe. It is served by many international carriers such as Ryanair, British Airways, and Air France.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights available from Canada to Bologna. To get there, you'll have to route through a different European airport like Amsterdam (AMS), Paris (CDG), or London (LGW).
Canadians can travel to Italy for up to 90 days without requiring a visa. However, you'll still have to show a passport that is valid for at least 6 months past your expected date of departure, and may be required to show proof of a return ticket to enter the country.
The Best Time To Visit Bologna
April and May are the best time to visit Bologna, because the weather is warm, predictable, and pleasant. If you head there during the summer (July and August), you're likely to experience intense thunderstorms and extremely hot, humid days. Culinary travelers should consider flying in autumn instead, to take advantage of harvest season. You might even be able to find a cheap flight or hotel at that time too, due to decreased tourist numbers. Winters are beautiful, but you should be prepared for cold or rainy weather.
What to Do in Bologna
Bologna is a historic, lively city with many iconic structures and plazas to explore. It is home to the oldest university in the western world, the Fountain of Neptune, and the stunning Basilica di San Petronio. Here are a few of their most popular spots to visit:
- The Towers of Bologna are a group of 12th-century towers and medieval structures that have stood the test of time. The leaning tower of Asinelli is open to the public, but it's not for the feint of heart! It is just over 97 meters tall, leans 2.2 meters to one side, and takes nearly 500 steps to reach the top.
- Piazza Maggiore is the city's main square. Reserved for pedestrian traffic, it is full of cafes, classic buildings, and street musicians.
- San Petronio Basilica is a massive Gothic church with 22 separate art-filled sanctuaries to explore. It is the largest church made of bricks in the entire world, with a total volume of over 250 000 cubic meters.
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