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For great Italian food and beauty, few cities top Bologna. However, this city tends to be more well known and appreciated by the local Italians than by tourists. Bologna, in the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy, is home to one of the oldest universities in the Western world. In fact, in Italy, Bologna is often called "La Dotta, La Rossa, La Grassa." This nickname translates to "the educated, the red, the fat." "The educated" is in reference to the university. "The Red" is for the red terracotta bricks evident on many of Bologna's buildings and porticoes. Bologna's cuisine is responsible for the "fat" part of the city's nickname, as the food tends to include creamy sauces and rich meats. Find great hotel deals and promotions at Hotels.com. Search actual hotel reviews to find the perfect accommodations near Bologna's City Center. Search for hotels in Historic Center, Bologna, from Hotels.com's extensive list of available accommodations.

What's Historic Center, Bologna Like?

Buy a museum card and gain access to the city's main museums. Or throw on your walking shoes and trek along this historic city's original Roman street plan still in existence today. It is easy to get around this city on foot. Some say that Bologna offers the best food in all of Italy. Bologna's cuisine is typically based on rich meat dishes and creamy pasta sauces. Choose a place to stay near the city's historic center to enjoy the area's restaurants and historic architecture. You can also visit the campus of the historic university.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Historic Center, Bologna

If you will be driving into the Historic Center of Bologna, there are a few things to be aware of. Much of the historic district is in a limited traffic zone from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., so be sure that your hotel has given your license plate number to the city of Bologna to authorize you to drive to your hotel. You may also need to acquire a day pass to park on the road outside of your hotel. Be sure to plan ahead or find another form of transportation to your hotel. Little English is spoken here so brush up on your Italian before heading to Bologna. In July and August is when most Italians go on holiday. Many of the city's shops and restaurants might be closed at this time, but on the plus side you will have the city to yourself. A great time to visit is spring or fall. Start planning your Italian getaway now by searching for hotels in Historic Center, Bologna today.