Bologna is a cosmopolitan city known for its culture, art, cuisine, music and history. In fact, it is sometimes referred to as the "fat city" because of the quality and quantity of food on offer. Founded in the 4th century BC, the city has been home to many an artist and architect, with many studying at the University of Bologna, the western world's oldest school. This is a city with an endless array of historic buildings and attractions. Visitors can enjoy festivals, theatre performances and delicious food, not to mention its fantastic music scene which has earned it the title as a UNESCO city of music.
Bologna has a single airport located just four miles from the city centre. The town's main train station has excellent rail connections, including high-speed lines to Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples and Venice as well as cross-border routes to Munich and Vienna. Alternatively, passengers can catch buses to other towns of interest directly from the airport.
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport keeps visitors entertained with a wide array of shops selling everything from designer clothes to balsamic vinegar along with snack bars, pizzerias and other dining options. Passengers can upgrade to a number of VIP services, such as a concierge who will arrange taxis, rentals and parking. The Aerobus city link bus to Bologna Centrale railway station takes about 20 minutes, while other buses from the airport can be in Ferrara and Modena in an hour or less or Ravenna, Rimini and Florence in under 90 minutes.
Ryanair flies to Bologna from London Stansted, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Brussels, Marseilles and Warsaw as well as from other Italian cities such as Palermo, Lamezia Terme and Brindisi. Passengers can also catch a plane from Moscow via Aeroflot, from Istanbul by Turkish Airlines, from Paris courtesy of Air France or the Greek islands by Blu-express. KLM, Lufthansa, Alitalia and Vueling are just a few of the other companies operating flights to this airport.
There's a wide selection of direct flights to Bologna from around Europe. For example, it's possible to fly from Frankfurt and Amsterdam in only 80 minutes. Upon arrival, Florence is then just 30 minutes away by train, while Milan and Venice can be reached within an hour and 90 minutes, respectively. For not much more than the cost of a coach or train ticket, passengers can also quickly fly from several southern Italian cities, which is a journey that can take many hours by land.
Anyone spending some time in the city should pick up a Bologna Welcome Card Easy, available online or from information kiosks. This gives free access to museums and churches as well as entry to the Asinelli tower, and a guided tour is thrown in for good measure. There's also a Plus version whose perks include tours by train and open-top bus.
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