Find cheap flights to Bologna from London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds-Bradford and Manchester. Bologna is a lively, cosmopolitan city in the north of Italy, renowned for its culture of art, cuisine, music and history. First settled in the fourth century BC, Bologna’s rich cultural heritage developed over the centuries, rising to prominence in the fourteenth century when the city was home to some of the most celebrated artists and architects of the time. Bologna’s renaissance attitude meant that many women living in Bologna were able to take up professions and even study at the local university; the western world’s oldest educational institution. Bologna has one of the highest standards of living in Italy, and offers a virtually limitless list of attractions, from its historic buildings and rich culture of theatre and festivals to its gastronomic prowess and status as a UNESCO City of Music.
Foodies will feel at home in Bologna, affectionately known as the ‘fat city’. Don’t let the name put you off – it’s as much about the quality as the quantity of fine cuisine. Also known as the ‘learned city’, Bologna serves up a healthy dollop of history, art and culture on the side.
The weather in Bologna is generally good, with mild winters and hot summers. Early spring or late autumn are the best times to visit Bologna, as you are more likely to miss the busiest tourist season. The summer can be rather hot for sightseeing - March or October/November is much more comfortable. May-June tends to be the busy tourist period so prices are likely to be higher.
For flights to Bologna there is a choice of scheduled airline or low cost carrier. British Airways offer Bologna flights from Gatwick, while low cost Irish airline Ryanair has flights to Bologna from either Stansted Airport or Edinburgh International. Several other European airlines, including KLM and Lufthansa, operate an indirect flight to Bologna from regional airport hubs such as Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Aberdeen.
There are almost too many things to mention with regard to Bologna attractions. Among the best landmarks are the famous mediaeval towers, the most prominent of which are simply known as ‘The Two Towers’. The University of Bologna has a history going back almost a thousand years, which makes it a subject of study itself! Bologna of course is famous as the home of Bolognaise sauce, so be sure to spend some time savouring the local cuisine on holidays in Bologna. You could also visit some of the eminent local vineyards such as Lambrusco di Modena and Sangiovese di Romagna.
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