Sunday 1 September 2024 (5 Days)
Discover the Heart of Italy: Bologna
Nestled in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is a city that captures the essence of Italy like no other. Known as "La Dotta" (The Learned), "La Grassa" (The Fat), and "La Rossa" (The Red), Bologna is a multifaceted gem that boasts a rich cultural heritage, delectable cuisine, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Cultural Heritage: Bologna's history is a tapestry woven with threads of academia and intellectual curiosity. Home to one of the world's oldest universities, the University of Bologna, founded in 1088, the city has a deep-rooted tradition of learning. Stroll through the historic center, where grand palaces, elegant porticoes, and ancient churches showcase centuries of architectural marvels. Don't miss the iconic Two Towers, Asinelli and Garisenda, which stand tall as medieval sentinels, offering breathtaking views of the city.
Culinary Paradise: Bologna is a culinary haven that has bestowed upon the world some of its most beloved dishes. Be prepared to indulge in heavenly plates of handmade pasta, succulent ragù (known outside Italy as Bolognese sauce), and exquisite cured meats like mortadella. Food enthusiasts can explore local markets, savor artisanal gelato, and pair their meals with regional wines, including the renowned Lambrusco.
Vibrant Markets and Boutiques: Bologna's markets are a sensory delight. The Quadrilatero, an ancient food market, overflows with colorful produce, aromatic spices, and artisanal products. Wander through the stalls, sample local delicacies, and pick up souvenirs to remember your journey. For those seeking upscale shopping experiences, the city's boutiques offer everything from high-fashion garments to handcrafted leather goods.
Art and Culture: Bologna's art scene is equally impressive. The Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna boasts a remarkable collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, while the Museo Morandi showcases the works of the famous local artist Giorgio Morandi. The city's vibrant theater scene features performances ranging from classical opera to contemporary productions.
Warmth and Hospitality: One of the city's most endearing qualities is the warmth of its people. Bolognese locals, known as "Bolognesi," are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality. Engage in conversation with the locals at a café, and you'll quickly find yourself immersed in the genuine warmth of Italian culture.
Day Trips and Nearby Attractions: Bologna's strategic location makes it an excellent base for day trips to neighboring towns and attractions. Explore the enchanting town of Modena, famous for its balsamic vinegar and sleek sports car manufacturing. Or, venture into the beautiful countryside to visit historic castles and vineyards. Ravenna and Rimini are also just short train rides away.
In Conclusion: Bologna is a city that combines the allure of the past with the vibrancy of the present. Its captivating history, world-class cuisine, and welcoming atmosphere make it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking an authentic Italian experience. Come and discover Bologna, where every corner reveals a piece of Italy's rich heritage and cultural tapestry.
Single Supplement: £250.00 (double room, single occupancy)
Balance Due: 23 June 2024
A tourist tax is payable at the hotel by individuals. This is currently 4 euros per person per night
Sunday (Day 1)
Depart the UK arriving at Bologna airport (times TBC)
Transfer to the NH Hotel, Bologna
Day at leisure or optional visit to Ravenna by train
Day at leisure or optional visit to Rimini by train
Day at leisure or optional visit to Modena by train
Return flights to the UK
The 4* NH Bologna de la Gare hotel is just steps from Bologna’s train station, at the very heart of the city.
Here you’re within easy reach of the city’s best shops and restaurants, along with the main tourist attractions, like Piazza Maggiore and San Petronio. Business hubs like the Bologna Fair Center are close by, too.
The hotel has 156 comfortable rooms. Superior rooms are extra spacious and come with features like coffee-making facilities, and our family rooms are perfect for children.
We also have 7 Junior Suites and 2 Suites. These are on the top floor and have amazing views of the city.
The hotel restaurant offers international cuisine alongside cooking from the Emilia Romagna region. Here you can enjoy local specialties like homemade tagliatelle and tortellini. And if it’s just drinks you’re after, we have a bar that serves superb cocktails.
Past guests appreciate the location, near the train station and right in the city centre, just 15 minute walk from Bologna’s famous towers; moreover they appreciate the new modern look of the guest rooms.
Guests have a range of room types to choose from, including standard rooms, deluxe options, and suites. All our rooms are quiet and comfortable and enjoy features like Wi-Fi, TVs and a choice of pillows.
Superior rooms are more spacious, or for more space still, you can opt for our executive rooms, which have their own sitting areas.
Amarcord, our restaurant, is a stylish space that’s decked out with modern art and contemporary furnishings. On the menu you’ll find traditional specialties like homemade pasta, alongside more international dishes.
We serve a huge breakfast buffet, which includes fresh pastries and breads and local favorites like mortadella, an Italian sausage.
For drinks and snacks, meanwhile, there’s our elegant lobby bar.
Flight Times TBC
Manchester - Bologna - Manchester
Stansted - Bologna - Stansted
Large Cabin Bag (1 case 55x40x20cm ) on board £50
Hold Luggage (10kg) £65
Hold Luggage (20kg) £75
You also have 1 x small cabin bag included (40 x 25 x 20cms) which must fit under the seat infront of you
Door 2 Door Transfers
These are currently only available from Sheffield, Rotherham and Chesterfield areas
Manchester Airport £90pp Return
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Room Upgrades – see Accommodation
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