in Northern Italy approx 220km south-east of Milan and about
80km from Italy’s Adriatic coast, Bologna has no small
measure of history, heritage and significance
despite it not enjoying the large scale tourist appeal of
Rome or Venice.
Nevertheless, sightseeing in cultural Bologna is still popular
and it’s not hard to see why. The city is thought to
be the gastronomic capital of Italy (no mean
feat!) with many local and regional dishes to whet any appetite
– including of course Spaghetti Bolognese, if you hadn’t
One of the main features of Bologna which helps give it its
uniqueness is the remarkable red cityscape of the city, and
what better way to view it than from one of the city’s
famous landmarks, the ‘Torre degli Asinelli’,
one half of the city’s ‘Dui Torre’
(Two Towers) constructed in the 12th century.
Most of the main attractions and sights are within
walking distance of the pedestrianised city centre
and fairly easy and enjoyable to get around. It is with this
in mind that we recommend Hotel Paradise Bologna as the perfectly
situated hotel and retreat from which to base yourself during
your visit to Bologna.
Also home to Europe’s oldest university (c. 1088!)
and no less than 38km of its famous porticoes it’s easy
to understand Bologna’s appeal. The university itself
is well worth a visit for its museums alone and the city’s
extraordinary and distinctive design means you are never far
from a shady portico to shelter from the midday sun.
600m from 3-star Hotel Paradise Bologna, Piazza Maggiore and
adjoining Piazza del Nettuno form the heart of lively Bologna
and are a popular meeting place as well as hangout to watch
the world go by. The majestic centuries-old buildings
surrounding the area and statue of Neptune are focal points
of what is thought to be one of the finest settings in Italy.