16 days in Province of Bologna Itinerary

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Bologna
— 11 nights
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Porretta Terme
— 3 nights
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Bologna — 11 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Murales di Dozza (in Dozza), Il Giardino degli Angeli (in Castel San Pietro Terme) and Imola (Bottega Gollini & Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, examine the collection at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Comunale, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Petronio.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Bologna trip itinerary maker.

San Francisco, USA to Bologna is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Porretta Terme.
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Porretta Terme — 3 nights

Porretta Terme is a town of the Reno Valley Tuscan-Emilian Apennines in the comune of Alto Reno Terme, Emilia-Romagna. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porretta Terme: Laghetto del Dardagna (in Chiesina-Farne), Santuario della Beata Vergine della Consolazione di Montovolo (in Grizzana Morandi) and Cimitero di Guerra Sudafricano di Castiglione dei Pepoli (in Castiglione Dei Pepoli). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Borgo di Tresana, enjoy breathtaking views from La Torre di Castel di Casio, take in the pleasant sights at Santuario della Madonna del Faggio, and see the interesting displays at Museo Dei Tarocchi.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Porretta Terme trip planner.

Drive from Bologna to Porretta Terme in 1.5 hours. In June in Porretta Terme, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
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Province of Bologna travel guide

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Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, located in the heart of a metropolitan area (officially recognised by the Italian government as a città metropolitana) of about one million.The first settlements date back to at least 1000 BC. The city has been an urban centre, first under the Etruscans (Velzna/Felsina) and the Celts (Bona), then under the Romans (Bononia), then again in the Middle Ages, as a free municipality (for one century it was the fifth largest European city based on population). Home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088, Bologna hosts thousands of students who enrich the social and cultural life of the city. Famous for its towers and lengthy porticoes, Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre (one of the largest in Italy) thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy which began at the end of the 1970s, on the heels of serious damage done by the urban demolition at the end of the 19th century as well as that caused by wars.An important cultural and artistic centre, its importance in terms of landmarks can be attributed to a varied mixture of monuments and architectural examples (medieval towers, antique buildings, churches, the layout of its historical centre) as well as works of art which are the result of a first class architectural and artistic history. Bologna is also an important transportation crossroad for the roads and trains of Northern Italy, where many important mechanical, electronic and nutritional industries have their headquarters. According to the most recent data gathered by the European Regional Economic Growth Index (E-REGI) of 2009, Bologna is the first Italian city and the 47th European city in terms of its economic growth rate.

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