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If you’re looking to spend a holiday in Bologna, you’ve come to the right place. There are 1,643 vacation rentals available all over Bologna, and we’re confident you’ll find a place that meets your needs and your budget. Affordable vacation rentals in Bologna start at a nightly rate of $17, with 20% of properties priced under $53 per night. Whether you’re on the hunt for a luxury villa near Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca or a retreat close to Basilica di San Petronio, our goal is to help you find exactly what you need. VacationRenter offers a wide selection of properties from top travel websites like Vrbo, HomeAway,, and many more. Seeking particular amenities such as a private pool or air conditioning? You can easily filter search results with the click of a button. No matter if you’re travelling on your own, going on a romantic Italian honeymoon, or planning a trip for a group of 9, we can match you with a property that sleeps everyone comfortably. Start planning the trip of a lifetime to Bologna with VacationRenter today.

Where Is Bologna, Italy?

The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, the city of Bologna sits in northern Italy, north of Florence. The city lies at the northern foot of the Apennines, between the Reno and Savena rivers.

What Is Bologna, Italy Known For?

A harmonious medieval medley, Bologna fuses upscale elegance with down-to-earth grit in one stunningly colonnaded medieval matrix. A city of two intriguing halves, Bologna is a progressive and affluent high-tech metropolis where suave opera enthusiasts waltz out of regal theaters and into some of the country’s finest restaurants, as well as a politically edgy and recalcitrant city. Home to the world’s oldest university, students sway in atmospheric graffiti-embellished piazzas and skip down lavishly porticoed walkways debating passionately on politics. One of the most underrated cities in Italy, Bologna is known for its food, fascinating history, and lively, yet relaxed atmosphere.

Places to Visit in Bologna, Italy

  • Archiginnasio: Listed as one of the most important buildings in Bologna, the Archiginnasio was once the main buildings of the University of Bologna and now houses the famous Anatomical Theatre. Built in the 16th century and commissioned by Pope Pius IV, the Archiginnasio is a piece of ornate historical architecture that stands strong and dominant in the Piazza Galvani. A necessary stopover for any tour of the Old Town, the Archiginnasio — decorated in sumptuous frescoes and a vibrant array of various coats of arms — allows history buffs, budding photographers, and anyone interested in the rich Renaissance history of Bologna to step back into the vibrant past of ancient Italy.
  • Oratory of Battuti: A resplendent collection of religious iconography, the Oratory of Battuti features a tremendous amount of ornate design and decoration. One of the most rarely seen sights in Bologna, this tiny chapel located within the church of Santa Maria della Vita is certainly a hidden gem. Whether you look around to see the myriad of sculptures, paintings, and gilded carvings, or tilt your head back to admire the awe-inspiring frescoes, the sights that await you in Oratory of Battuti will certainly bless the eyes of all those who enter.

Popular Destinations Near Bologna in Italy

  • Florence: Romantic, enchanting, and utterly irresistible, Florence is a place to bless your eyes and feed your taste buds with world-class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine. Skip down the cobbled streets as you spectate at a screen-worthy collection of elegant palazzi, medieval candle-lit chapels, fresco-decorated churches, and revolutionary art museums bursting with the chef-d’œuvres of Botticelli and Michelangelo. An entire UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is also the birthplace of Italy’s burgeoning fashion industry — as well as a foodie’s paradise where eating and drinking is a necessary activity. An Italian treasure trove of sumptuous art, fascinating culture, and rich history, the Florentine lifestyle is truly dolce.

Best Neighborhoods in Bologna

  • Colli: The chicest and most elegant neighborhood in the city, Colli is locally and famously known as the Beverly Hills of Bologna. Steeped in affluence and exclusivity, Colli is nestled prettily in the hilly countryside where visitors can escape the cacophony of the city and retire to a neighborhood that is quiet, picturesque, and offers stunning views over the Bolognese cityscape.

Home-types in Bologna

Bologna has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Bologna:

Points of interests in Bologna

Bologna has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Bologna:
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