There are plenty of reasons to consider Bologna car hire during your Italian break. Read on to discover some of the best...
Have a look in your kitchen cupboard and the fridge – there’s a good chance that some of the delicious produce and inspired dishes of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy have found their way into your home. Parmesan cheese; balsamic vinegar from Modena; prosciutto; Bolognese sauce: the words alone are enough to make a belly grumble. Bologna is the capital of the region and, naturally, the place to pull up a seat and dine like a king.
When you’ve mopped your chin clean and paid the bill, take a tour of this historic city and marvel at the porticos, towers, fountains, public squares and terracotta roofs for which it’s famous. The city glows like a tray of Indian spices, especially when the sky is clear and the sun casts long shadows. The taste, however, is unreservedly Italian – and you might have to dust off that phrase book and learn a bit of the local lingo as English isn’t widely spoken.
Piazza Maggiore is a great place to start your sightseeing – from this central square, you can branch out in any direction and stumble upon attractions such as Torre degli Asinelli, the Basilica of San Petronio, Piazza Nettuno (Neptune’s Fountain), Santa Maria della Vita, and the famous curves and arches of I Portici: the many arcades that run for kilometres around central Bologna.
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When you arrange car rental, Bologna is not the only appetising feast on this Italian menu of delights...
Begin your drive with an empty belly and let your appetite dictate the pace of your tour of the tempting Emilia-Romagna region. Taste real balsamic vinegar in Modena, visit a cheese factory in Parma, or tuck into incredible tortellini, Parma ham, truffles and mounds of home-cooked delights wherever you go.
Just be sure to leave some room for some traditional tagliatelle ragu (authentic spaghetti Bolognese) when you get back to Bologna. If it’s seafood you are after, Emilia-Romagna has a long and lovely coastline, where freshly caught produce is dished up all day and all night. Whether it’s a simple café populated by locals or a top restaurant with crisp, white linen and sparkling glasses – the food is going to be great. It takes only an hour by road from Bologna to the coast, with the popular resort of Rimini just 75 minutes away.
Food is not the only passion in these parts. Bologna is at the heart of Italy’s “Motor Valley”. Within just minutes of the city, those with a taste for fast cars and bikes can drool over the curves of some of Italy’s most renowned beauties: Ducati, Lamborghini and Ferrari. The Ducati museum and factory is a 20-minute drive to the west of the city, while museums dedicated to Ferrari and Lamborghini are less than an hour by road from Bologna. There are plenty of other attractions for motor enthusiasts in this region, including circuits where you can get to grips with the power of these world-famous machines.
If you have time on your side, consider a trip to the city of Venice. It takes around 90 minutes to drive between Bologna and Venice, so it’s entirely possible to see the floating city on a day trip.