A hire car in Bologna is an excellent way to discover the diversity of this Italian university city and the surrounding Emilia-Romagna region. Small villages nestled in verdant vineyards and olive groves define the countryside between the Po plain and the Apennines mountain range.
In the picturesque provincial capital, aka the Red City on account of its red-tiled roofs, you can discover numerous sights from different periods. The towers of Torre Garisenda and Torre degli Asinelli, landmarks of the city, are already visible from afar. The almost one hundred-metres-high buildings date back to the 13th century, when Bologna was one of the most important economic and cultural centres in Europe. Bologna International Airport is only a few kilometres away from the city centre and is easily reached by car.
At TUI Cars you can book a hire car in Bologna from the comfort of your home and pick it up when you arrive. Remember, in the price TUI Cars already includes fully comprehensive insurance and a refund of any excess paid in the event of damage. Hire cars can be picked up at the airport, at the main railway station and in the city centre, giving you the opportunity to tailor your holidays in Bologna to your preferences.
Arcades in Bologna's medieval old town
Bologna is home to the oldest university in Europe. The 11th-century centre of learning is still one of the three largest universities in Italy. The Italian provincial capital is also a vibrant metropolis with numerous restaurants and cultural facilities. The picturesque old town boasts 40 kilometres of pedestrian arcades which connect squares, palaces and porticos and front a dizzying array of shops. A shopping trip through the winding alleys around Piazza Maggiore, the central square of the historic old town, is best done in stages, stopping off in delicatessens or wine shops in the breaks.
The Basilica of San Petronio, one of the world's largest Gothic churches, as well as Neptune's Fountain from the 16th century, are among the most famous sights in the historic centre of Bologna. A hire car in Bologna offers travellers excellent conditions to explore the historical centre of this provincial capital.
Car trips to the Apennines and the Adriatic coast
Bologna is an excellent starting point for excursions in a hire car in the surroundings. Thanks to the good road connections it is easy to drive to many attractions and destinations on the outskirts of Bologna. The fabled mountain range of the Apennines is a diverse hiking area, popular with tourists as well as locals, and is ideally suited for a day trip in a hire car.
Bologna is also only one to two hours by car from the lively Adriatic coast with its seaside resorts Rimini and Riccione. Rimini can be reached from Bologna in about 1.5 hours. Please note that tolls are levied on motorways in Italy. For the route to Rimini you have to pay about 7 euros.