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Bologna Tower

Bologna has some very old towers. This is the tallest tower, Torre degli Asinelli, and it measures almost 100 meters. climbing it is not for the faint hearted. However, the views are spectacular!


Bologna Town Center

The town center of Bologna with its main Piazza. During summer time everybody goes here to meet friends, have a quick chat or just look at the other people.


Bologna Appartments

Though not exactly beautiful, I thought that the clothes hanging on the balcony of these appartments were telling a story about the Italian lifestyle - a bit chaotic but nevertheless clean and good looking. :-)

Beautiful Window

The art of building houses has not been lost in Bologna. Here, you see beautiful blue tiles over a window.

Fiat 500 Side View

The Fiat 500 is still very popular in Italy. This blue model contrasts well with the orange background.

View over the city of Bologna

The Torre degli Asinelli in Bologna provides great views like this. Here you can see Via San Vitale heading east.


Red City Bologna

Bologna has always been called Red City, and here you can see why: the roofs seen from Torre Pendenti are bright red. But that is just one reason. Bologna has - up until recently - been a bastion of the Democratici di Sinistra (left wing democratic party)!


Nice patio in Bologna

Bright yellow tables in a sun-bathed earthy brown and red surrounding. I think this is a nice shot, and I would love to be right there right now.

Small Tower Bologna

One of the smaller towers in Bologna.

View from Torre degli Asinelli Bologna

And one more view across Bologna, seen from the Torre degli Asinelli.

Via Rizzoli Bologna, seen from Torre degli Asinelli

The main street of Bologna, Via Rizzoli, seen from Torre degli Asinelli.


Via San Vitale, seen from Torre degli Asinelli

And the final shot from the Asinelli tower: Via San Vitale heading east.

Accommodation

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Mercure Bologna Centro
Viale Pietramellara 59
40121 Bologna
Italy

When we stayed at this hotel it was still branded as the "Sofitel Bologna", and we rated our experience as "very good". Apparently, the owners of the hotel (Accor group) decided for a change and put it under the "Mercure" label - where some of the best hotels in the world are gathered. While we have no personal experience with the Mercure Bologna Centro (and can not provide a rating), we have stayed at other Mercure hotels in the past and have been very satisfied there. You get a high-quality accommodation for your money: clean, modern rooms, and friendly English speaking staff.

Our room (at the Sofitel) was facing the backyard/garden and was very quiet, despite the main central station which is located directly opposite the hotel, just across the piazza. Parking can be a problem, as there are few parking lots available, but the hotel will direct you to garages in the surroundings of the hotel. If you want to explore Bologna by foot (and we recommend to do this and leave your car in the garage), it will take you about 10-15 minutes to the towncenter. While the Mercure seems to cater more for the business people, we believe that you will have a great time as a tourist as well.

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