The Beginners Guide to Bologna

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A guide for first time travelers to Bologna, Italy , sightseeing, food, shopping and more.

When my cousin told me he’d be in Bologna for business, I jumped at the chance to get on a train and visit. I hadn’t been to Bologna for years and could hardly remember anything about it so, going back this time was as if it was the first time.

Bologna is a one hour train ride from Milan and a 35 minute train ride from Florence. It was easy to get to and I had booked the Star Hotels Excelsior which is conveniently located across the street from the station and a 15 minute walk to …