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Touring Bologna With A Rental Car

May 1, 2008
Rolling vineyards, friendly locals and a history that has spanned two millennia, it's easy to see why Italy is regarded as one of Europe's best-loved car hire touring destinations. Renting a car in Italy makes sense. Car hire in Italy takes you to places that public transport simply can't reach. Jaw-dropping scenery and tiny tucked away villages await your discovery. The city of Bologna is an excellent place to start your voyage of discovery through Italy. Located in northern Italy in the Po Valley, Bologna is a city of quiet beauty that is probably most famous for introducing the world to its mouth-watering Spaghetti Bolognese.

Bologna Airport Mini Guide:

Bologna Airport, also known as Guglielmo Marconi Airport is located approximately 6km northwest of Bologna, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The airport is a base for a number of international carriers such as British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia, as well as budget carriers like Ryanair and MyAir.

Things To See/Do in Bologna:

Bologna has got to be one of Italy's most under-rated cities. The city exudes its own unique charm that is thoroughly different to anywhere else you'll visit in the country. A wander through the history stained arcades is a great way to get a feel for the city. Along the way you'll pass fascinating landmarks such as the World War II commemorative display on piazza del Nettuno, the central meeting square of Piazza Maggiore and the ornate Neptune Fountain. Bologna is one of Italy's most progressive city and boasts the country's oldest university, as well as the wonderfully absorbing Museo Civico Archelogico museum. One of the simplest pleasures in Bologna is a stroll through the archways of via dell' Archiginnasio. Here colourful, fragrant food stores abound, it's definitely worth spending some time here sampling the local goods, after all food is what makes Bologna tick.

Eating Out in Bologna:

Given Bologna's love affair with butter and cream, it's easy to trace the origins of the city's 'La Grassa' (the fat) nickname. Visitors to Bologna are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. Some of the world's favourite Italian dishes were born in Bologna and are definitely worth sampling while in town. Familiar menu staples include lasagne, tortelloni in brodo (stuffed pasta parcels in stock) and tagliatelle al' ragú.

Day Trips/Events in Bologna:

Bologna's location makes it the ideal starting point for a range of exciting excursions. For a really scenic Bologna car hire journey be sure to tour the picturesque Emilia Romagna region, where Parma is just one of the tasty littl towns you'll stumble across. Alternatively, it's worth taking a journey across the rolling Appenine Hills to south. Here the spa town of Poretta Terme is the place to go for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Nowhere is the Italy's famous Dolce Vite philosophy epitomised as much as in Bologna. The city certainly has an events calendar to match its zest for life. Annual highlights include March to October's Bolognafestival and December's flashy Motor Show, when the latest models of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati are unveiled.
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