How about some unique Bologna travel tips?! If you already decided to travel to Bologna, you are a smart traveler!
Bologna and its region are one of the most important regions when it comes to Italian food. In fact, the city claims to be Italy’s culinary capital.
The best Italian food origins from Bologna:
- Parmesan cheese
And yes, also the most famous pasta sauce in the world comes from Bologna as well!
So, let’s talk about some Bologna travel tips! This is why you are here, right?!
We sat down with our friends from We Bologna Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Bologna. They know their own city like the back of their hand.
Moreover, we are proud to share with you these 5 unique Bologna travel tips. Thus, we’ll lead you to a fantastic Italian restaurant, gorgeous cafés and more!
We personally tested every single Bologna travel tip – you will love it!
The city of Bologna is still a hidden gem between the major tourist destinations of Venice, Florence, Milan, and Rome.
Although Bologna is rich in its culinary highlights, and history, many travelers skip this city. Big mistake, but good for you and us!
Talking about other cities, check out our tips to:
- 5 secret things to do in Venice
- 22 restaurants to eat in Venice
- 5 non-touristy things to do in Florence
- what to do in Lake Como
- best travel tips for Rome
5 hidden gems for Bologna
- A unique spot for local events, brunch, and good red wine!
- The most ancient “Osteria” in Bologna – it doesn’t get more authentic than that!
- A Hipster hub for the local, young vibe
- Tour in the most trendy and local food markets
- Take a walk! A recommendation to see the green Bologna
1. Unique bar: Le Serre dei Giardini
Brunch and beer garden away from the city center! This place is so local, they don’t even have any information in English online!
Address: Via Castiglione 134/136, Bologna, Italy
2. A typical Restaurant: Osteria del Sole
How about a super typical place?
Enjoy a glass of wine with a takeaway lunch.
The Osteria del Sole only serves drinks, but people use to go there and bring food from the near places and eat it there with a glass of wine! This is the most ancient “osteria” in Bologna.
Enjoy the vibe and drinks, it’s interesting to visit!
Address: Vicolo Ranocchi, 1/D (Via Pescherie), 40124 Bologna, Italy
3. Dynamo: A Bike Hub!
This is a more modern recommendation!
The Dynamo is the new bike hub for rental, parking, and bike-cafè. It is located near the train station and they also offer tours around the city.
Stop by for a coffee and maybe a bike rental as well?
Address: Via dell’ Indipendenza 71/z, Bologna, Italy
4. Slow-Food Market – very typical!
Hop over to the most trendy and local food markets: the Earth Market by Slow Food. Saturday morning is a very traditional way to mingle with locals and support the local economy.
Local farmers and chefs prepare the most delicious food, with 0km-food!
Address: Via Azzo Gardino 65 (Cortile Cinema Lumière), Bologna
5. Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca
Besides all the delicious dishes all around the city, Bologna has a beautiful green side you can visit.
The Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca is a picturesque basilica located at a hill slightly outside the city. You can walk from the city center which takes you around 1:15h, but also public transport is accessible there.
The Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca is itself a highlight to visit. However, the way up is, in our opinion, even more impressive. You can walk along almost 4 km of a monumental roofed arcade, consisting of 666 arches!
Here, the journey is the reward!
Address: Via di San Luca, 36, 40135 Bologna, Italy
We_Bologna Hostel, our 5 Star Hostel in town!
We_Bologna Hostel is the place to be!
The 5 Star Hostel in Bologna combines a student accommodation with a stylish hostel. They focus on bringing authentic cultural events to the hostel.
Learn from a chef to make handmade pasta and delicious pasta. Join the movie nights, and enjoy the stylish, fresh vibe of this hostel.
That tells you something, right?!
We also recommend joining the free walking tour, Bologna.
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Our booking recommendation and suggestion
Check out our full review of We Bologna to find out how to book.
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Hostel Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries