Best Areas to Stay in Bologna, Italy

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Where to stay in Bologna – A guide to the Italian food capital

Benvenuto a Bologna, historical cradle of Emilia Romagna and gastronomic capital of Italy.

Monuments of gods and baroque pieces decorate the traditional streets of “La Rossa”.

Not all monuments are still standing, but the city still retains its historic porticos. Some of its old watchtowers, such as the Asineli and Garisenda Towers, allow you to climb to their top at any time of the year to have a look at the beauty of this, somewhat hidden, Italian gem.

Summer and spring are the busiest time of the year to visit Bologna, they are usually favorite seasons for a weekend trip.

The average temperature is 3°C in January and 24.5°C in July, which means that winters are cold and summers are very warm. In the fall there can be some fog, but spring brings out the best in Bologna, it is the ideal time to visit the city.

Transport around Bologna is effective, thanks to its bus system, which reached practically every corner of the city. Regional and long-distance trains (including Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa high-speed trains) from Bologna Centrale connect Bologna with many of the other important Italian cities to the south and north. On the other hand, taking a taxi is helpful for tourists, or you can always choose to rent a car.

The only thing that remains to be solved is to find a place to stay, which seems an almost impossible task during the high season in the summer, Christmas, Easter or New Year.

Student residences are usually much cheaper than traditional hotels, but they are only available during university holidays, without a doubt spring and autumn have the best climate, the most affordable rates and beds available in the best locations of Bologna such as the busy Centro Storico(See accommodation in Bologna’s Old Town).

This is a guide with the best districts to stay in Bologna.

Best areas to stay in Bologna, Italy

Our favourite district: Centro Storico

Centro Storico, Bologna’s Old Town and historic quarter is the best area to stay in Bologna.

It is easy to find and can be explored on foot to enjoy a little history, business or amazing food.

If you take Via dell’Indipendenza you will get to Via Rizzoli and Ugo Bassi, of course it is tempting to walk around and contemplate the beautiful Piazza Nettuno, with its famous fountain of Neptune, symbol of papal power, or the stunning Piazza Maggiore and the unfinished San Petronio Basilica.

The starting point of the Centro Storico is the long portico on Indipendenza and the Piazza VIII Agosto, a very commercial street full of outlets, traditional food places and, on Fridays and Saturdays, home to the Piazzola Food Market.

Centro Storico is the best district to stay in Bologna if you want to sample delicious food, go shopping or admire stunning architecture.

As expected, accommodation options in Centro Storico tend to be more expensive than anywhere else in the city, but you can still find some cheap hotels and B&Bs. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

Best district to stay in Bologna - Centro Storico

Best district to stay in Bologna – Centro Storico

Staying in Centro Storico, Bologna - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Staying in Centro Storico, Bologna – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bologna:

  • True heart of the city
  • Great shopping and the best food
  • Amazing architecture
  • Very accessible from anywhere in town
  • Accessible on foot
  • All types of accommodation

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Art Hotel Novecento

Art Hotel Novecento offers elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi, a rich breakfast and a convenient location in the center of Bologna. The Bologna Towers are a 5-minute walk away and the property offers free bicycle rental.

from €79

MyRoom Palazzo Pepoli

MyRoom Palazzo Pepoli offers accommodation with free WiFi access in Bologna, 300 meters from Piazza Maggiore and 500 meters from Via Zamboni. It is within walking distance of Via Indipendenza, MAMbo and the church of San Giacomo Maggiore.

from €51

Hotel Corona d’Oro

The Hotel Corona d’Oro is located in the heart of the city of Bologna. The towers of Bologna are a few steps away. A varied free breakfast buffet is served. In addition, there is free wired or WiFi internet connection.

from €167




Around Bologna Train Station (Bologna Centrale)

More than 159 thousand people pass through it daily, making it the fifth largest train station in all of Italy.

Bologna Centrale has direct connections with Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice or Rimini, among other important cities in the Italian peninsula, as well as regional services to several cities and towns within Emilia Romagna and neighboring Tuscany.

Staying in this area has its advantages, above all because it is cheaper than the central area, in addition, having 500 trains and urban and extra-urban bus lines ensures an efficient transport throughout the entire city, also, from here, the rest of Italy is very reachable by train or bus.

From Bologna Centrale, you can reach Piazza Maggiore in 20 minutes on foot.

It is an excellent area to stay in Bologna if you are looking for economy and at the same time being close to everything.

Best area to stay in Bologna - Near Bologna Centrale train station

Best area to stay in Bologna – Near Bologna Centrale train station

Staying around la estación de trenes Bologna Centrale - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Staying around la estación de trenes Bologna Centrale – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bologna:

  • Great connections by train or bus
  • Day trips to other cities
  • Budget hotels
  • Activity 24/7
  • Near Centro Storico
  • Cheap restaurants

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Mercure Bologna Centro

The Mercure Bologna Centro is located opposite Bologna Central Station and offers air-conditioned rooms, a garden and free Wi-Fi. The MAMbo Museum is a 10-minute walk away. It includes a flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar and a bathroom with a hairdryer.

from €89

L.T. Schneider B&B

L.T. Schneider B&B is located in Bologna, just 15 minutes walk from the central station of the city. This bed and breakfast has free WiFi access and a private or shared bathroom. In addition, the establishment has several stores.

from €40

NH Bologna De La Gare

This NH hotel is located just 300 meters from Bologna’s central train station, in the commercial area of the city, and offers free Wi-Fi. It offers a buffet breakfast and rooms with a minibar and satellite TV.

from €86




Around Bologna Fairgrounds (Fiera di Bologna)

When it comes to business, this area is ideal for any business traveller, as it is close to the convention, exhibitions and congresses center.

Although it is a little far out from Bologna city centre, this area as a whole is the favorite for business travelers as most hotels are business style and tend to be much cheaper than the ones found in Centro Storico.

If you aren’t travelling to Bologna for business, the good news is that hotels in this area are of excellent quality and at affordable prices, so you can also stay here and move to the Centro Storico for some sightseeing without problems.

Transportation is effective when moving around the city, Bologna’s main train station is approximately 2 km away and public transport is reliable and mostly on time.

Where to stay in Bologna - Near the Fairgrounds

Where to stay in Bologna – Near the Fairgrounds

Staying around Bologna Fiere - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Staying around Bologna Fiere – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Bologna:

  • Business style hotel at budget prices
  • Good transportation options
  • Best area for business travellers

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Novotel Bologna Fiera

Novotel Bologna Fiera offers an outdoor pool, a gym, a restaurant and elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel is next to the Bologna ring road, 2 minutes from the BolognaFiere exhibition center.

from €55

Hotel Michelino Bologna Fiera

Hotel Michelino Bologna Fiera is located just 200 meters from the main entrance of the Bologna Exhibition Center and 300 meters from the A14 motorway. It offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi, as well as free parking.

from €49


Savhotel offers free WiFi access and is 500 meters from the Fiera di Bologna exhibition center. The rooms have a 43 “LED TV with premium channels, comfortable beds and wooden floors.

from €78




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