This elegant university city is known for its unusual mix of good food, left-wing politics and the good life. Attractions include beautiful architecture including the Basilica di San Petronio and the city's piazzi including Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno.
Piazza Maggiore, Bologna
Tel (051) 239 660
Bologna is on the main rail line connecting Venice and Florence and has a busy train station. The airport has expensive regional flights although the smaller airport in nearby Rimini has flights by low-cost airlines including cheap flights to the UK.
Via Emilia 297, 40068 San Lazzaro di Savena (Bologna)
Tel (051) 6258352
Via Viadagola 14, 40127 Bologna
Tel (051) 501810