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Take every Italian cliché you can possibly think of and multiply it by ten. Yes, Bologna really is as Italian as you can possibly get.  Ancient cobbled streets steeped in history teamed with world class restaurants, Bologna is enough to make you exclaim “Mama Mia”!
Many agree Bologna is often overlooked in favour of the Eternal City to the south or the City of Canals to the north, however you will soon realise this contributes to its exclusivity as a much loved outpost of authentic Italian culture. First and foremost it is the culinary capital of Italy and Bologna is the ultimate destination for foodies looking to delve into the real deal when it comes to hearty Italian food.  It is after all the birthplace of the same dishes you’ve come to know and love, and if you’re thinking Spaghetti Bolognaise then you’ve guessed right!
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details

  • South African passport holders travelling to Italy do require an Italian Schengen Visa for their trip. Find out more here.
  • The nearest South African Embassy to Bologna is in Rome: Via Tanaro, 14, 00198, Roma, Italy. Tel-+39-06-85-2541.

See and do

Bologna really comes alive between April and October when the city’s open air restaurants are at their prime. The experience of sitting side-by-side with locals while sipping Chianti is as great as it sounds.  August can be problematic as many shops and businesses close down over the Italian holidays.
The town’s focal point is Piazza Maggiore where you’ll find Bologna’s national symbol, the Fontana di Nettuno. Built in 1563, the monument represents the God of the Sea, Neptune. Relive Bologna’s history through visiting its many museums.  A Bologna Welcome Card (20 Euro’s) entitles you to free entrance to select museums for two days, as well as a free transport pass for 24 hours.  Motorsport enthusiasts will be pleased to hear the Ducati and Lamborghini museums are in Bologna.
Back to the food! One of the most difficult decisions for visitors to Bologna is deciding where to eat.  The city really does boast an endless amount of world class dining options, serving Italy’s most famous dishes.  The pick of the restaurants is Trattoria Del Rosso. Open every day of the year, the restaurant also houses a cooking school run by the resident head chef.
While the best way to see Bologna is on foot through its many ‘Portici’s’, the city’s bus connections offer welcome respite for tired legs. 1 hour passes are available for about One Euro Fifty. The city is intersected by the North South, and East West trains and is only an hour away from Milan, 2 hours from Venice and 2.5 hours from Rome.

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport – BLQ 

Food and beverage:  Grab a coffee at Time café or Segafredo, and a bite to eat from Pizza Maggiore or A café snack bar.
Currency Exchange: There are three Travelex outlets at Bologna Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be reported to your individual carrier.  Only luggage lost within the terminal should be reported in the airport itself.
Airport Hotels: The closest hotels to the airport are the San Martino, and the Sheraton Bologna.
Car Hire: Autovia, Avis, Budget Autonoleggio, Europcar, Goldcar Rental, Hertz, Locauto Rent, Maggiore and Sixt.
Airport Hub: Bologna Airport (code BLQ) is a hub for Ryanair.

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