Mercato delle Erbe
Visit Bologna's biggest covered market offering a wide variety of fragrances, flavours and people.
Open every day, its colourful stalls stock all the best produce from organic to DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) and DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) food and drink.
This magical place attracts local shoppers, university students and tourists, all enjoying the everuday life of Bologna, worlp-renowned for its love of food.
Once you've done the shopping, in the most authentic 'Made in Bologna' style, stop for an aperitif or dinner, although it's hard to choose between the cafés, wine bars and restaurants, a slice of freshly baked pizza, a sophisticated dish or a good local Lambrusco. Buon Appetito!
Mercato delle Erbe, via Ugo Bassi 23-25 Open Monday to Saturday 7.00-24.00 (closed on Sundays)
Sightseeing Tour of BolognaBologna's old town centre will welcome you with its colours, porticoes, extensive pedestrian areas, local markets, Jewish ghetto, university area and the wonderful San Petronio basilica. Bologna is not a big city, it takes just a few hours to see its main attractions, such ad Piazza Maggiore and the statue pf Neptune, the seven churches of Santo Stefano,and the two Towers. It's also a good idea to get off the beaten track and see a different side to Bologna - the one the locals see every day.
Here are some tips for FondoFrancia B&B guests.
Bologna seen from the Torre degli Asinelli
Visit Bologna's famous towers and count the 498 steps one by one as you climb the Asinelli tower all the way to the top: up there you will enjoy 360-degree views over Bologna, taking in the old town centre and hills, and even the Adriatic Sea on clear days.
But be carefull! If you are university student, the Bolognese saying goes that you must wait until you graduate to climb the Asinelli tower, otherwise you won't graduate at all.
Via degli Albari
Take a stroll along the side streets near Piazza Maggiore and via Indipendenza, such ad Via Altabella or via degli Albari, and you will come across other medieval towers that are less well-known but perphaps even more beautiful! Did you know that were up to a hundred towers in medieval Bologna? Now only 24 are left standing, why not try to discover them all? When you are tired and hungry, if you fancy something different, try the self-service restaurant, Centro Natura, where only vegetarian food is served and mobile phones are banned!
Pedestrian Zone (T-days)
There's nothing better than reclaiming the city! Traffic-free days allow you to walk in the middle of via Rizzoli or via Ugo Bassi withno noisy mopeds, big buses or taxis getting in your way. Satuderdays and Sundays are T-Days, which means no motor vehicles are allowed in the central T zone of the city! So what are you waiting for? Get out your old roller-skates, or jump on your brand-new bike or your child's scooter: Bologna Pedonale means children are free to run around without their parents worryng, and that makes Bolognaevenmore welcoming.