Italy is a nation bursting with historic medieval towns, and Bologna is one of the most elegant of them all. Though famous for its food - bolognese sauce was first made in the city many centuries ago - Bologna is not just a city for the gourmet. It's also home to Europe's oldest university, which was founded in 1088. Bologna is nicknamed 'La Rossa' ('The Red One') due to the rows of stately terracotta buildings that make up much of the city, each lined with endless porticoes.
The best way to experience all that Bologna has to offer is to hire a vehicle from its airport - Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, to give it its full, official title. When you book with DriveNow, you'll be getting the cheapest possible deal, so let's take a closer look at our offerings.
The seventh-busiest airport in Italy, flights arrive and depart Bologna Airport from all around Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It's situated around 10 kilometres northwest of the city, so the drive from the airport to your destination is quick and easy. In 2015, the airport welcomed a record 7 million passengers through its doors (both arriving and departing), and the facility is home to 49 different carriers.
Once you land, head towards the ground floor terminal - it's here that you'll find the car hire companies. Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise, SIXT, Alamo and Avis are just a few of the well-respected names you'll recognise at Bologna Airport, and when you book with DriveNow, you'll be getting the best value for your money. As soon as you're behind the wheel, head along the E45 before turning off onto Via Cristoforo Colombo - this will take you directly into the city centre.
A visit to Bologna would not be complete without wandering through the Piazza Maggiore. The square is home to some of Bologna's oldest buildings, such as the Palazzo Re Enzo, and the walls were built in such a way that it's possible to talk to people standing on the other side of the piazza - the echo will carry right across!
As you drive around Bologna, you can't fail to miss the two tall towers that dominate the skyline - the tower of Asinelli and the tower of Garisenda. The former is the taller of the two, and folklore tells us that a poor man once fell in love with the daughter of the square's governor. The high-ranking official agreed to give his daughter's hand on one condition - that the poor man built the tallest tower in Bologna as a testament to his devotion. The Asinelli Tower was the happy result.
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