Bologna is a lively historic city in the Po Valley, in heart of the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. It's a pretty area of rolling hills that is notably wealthy and well-educated. Emilia-Romagna is also home to supercar companies Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. If you're hiring a car in Bologna, it may not be one of their models, but you'll soon find this is an easy city for driving around. The A13, A14 and A1 motorways give access to the rest of Italy and the city itself has an inner ring road, the SS64, giving access to all areas. All the medieval heart of Bologna is within this SS64 ring.
In Italy, Bologna is famous as a university city. The University of Bologna is claimed to be the world's oldest university, dating back to 1088. The thousands of students here give the ancient city a busy, colourful atmosphere. For the rest of the world, however, Bologna is famous for a sauce served with spaghetti. It's an important Bologna experience to sample Spaghetti Bolognese in one of many highly rated restaurants and trattorias. Rent a car in Bologna and you can take in the whole of this fascinating city. You'll find the old centre is one of Europe's biggest concentrations of intact medieval buildings. You may have to park up to fully discover the pedestrianized heart but it's no hardship to wander through endless covered walkways to discover the churches, monuments and towers around Piazza Maggiore. Look out for the imposing Basilica of San Petronio, one of the biggest churches in the world, and the Basilica Santuario della Madonna di San Luca, housing a painting of the Virgin Mary supposedly by St Luke. If it's raining you can walk under an historic 2km covered walkway to the Basilica. You'll find this is a city packed with galleries and museums, but don't forget to look out for Bologna's famously quirky shops and bars too.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0900-1300 1430-1830, Sa 0900-1230, Su closed
Address: Via Provinciale Selice 42 C
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1230 1400-1800, Sa on request, Su closed
Address: Via Provinciale Galliera 4
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1230 1430-1830, Sa-Su Closed.
Address: Via Poli 3
Opening hours: Mo-Su 0800-2400
Address: Via Del Triumviriato, 84,
Guglielmo Marconi Airport