The Bologna airport is named after Bologna native Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian electrical engineer and Nobel laureate and is one of the busiest in Italy. There are three floors to this airport, the ground floor, which is dedicated to passenger arrivals and departures, the first floor, dedicated to security checks and boarding and the second floor which is entirely made up of restaurants and cafes.
The airport serves more than 6 million passengers each year to both domestic and international locations with a mix of budget and legacy carriers such as Ryanair, Turkish Airlines, KLM and Lufthansa.
How to get around
To the city
The Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is located approximately 6km away from the Bologna city centre. It is easily accessible by bus. There are many different bus services available so be sure to check online for a full bus schedule to be able to plan your trip well. Do note that there is no direct train to the airport, but there is a bus that will take you from the Bologna Central Railway station to the airport. If you’re travelling in a group, it might make sense to take a taxi together, so just flag one from outside the terminal.
Within the city
Getting around Bologna is great on foot as you get to walk around the streets and alleyways of the city. However, it can be quite a maze, so if you don’t really relish the thought of getting lost, you could take a bus. The public bus system is affordable, easy and efficient, and you might want to get a city pass if you plan to travel a lot. Other ways to explore Bologna include riding a bicycle, or even in the true Italian style, renting a motorbike and whizzing around the narrow cobblestone streets.
What to see and do
Bologna is primarily a university town, so it is common to see students walking or cycling around, or even studying at cafes. For those who lucky enough to be visiting instead of studying, here are a few things you must do.
Admire Piazza Maggiore at sunset and/or at night. Although magnificent in the day, Piazza Maggiore is truly spectacular at night. Located right at the heart of the city, Piazza Maggiore is the religious and cultural centre of the city with many key buildings and attractions located around the square. Walk slowly through the square, sit at one of the outdoor cafés or on the steps of the church of San Petronio or check out the shadow of the Neptune Statue on the fountain projected on the wall of Palazzo Comunale. If you are a student, do
note that it’s bad luck to pass through the square from the centre, it must be crossed going along the borders. According to urban legend, students that don’t follow this particular route risk never getting their University degree.
Visit also various incarnations of the famous arcades of Bologna which are not only architecturally stunning, but are a refuge for the sun and the rain. Some good examples of these arcades are the Church of Santa Maria dei Servi or the painted arcades of Piazza Malpingh.
Bologna is also well known for its cuisine. Before you leave, make sure to indulge in a plate or two of the world famous tortellini (egg pasta stuffed with minced meat or vegetables) with a glass of good Italian Chianti.