Fly direct to Bologna from the United Kingdom and get to know one of Italy’s most instantly likeable cities. Founded over 2,000 years ago, Bologna has both a remarkable density of ancient buildings and a youthful population, partly attracted by its historic university.
The city’s red brick core still looks medieval, with grand spaces such as the arcaded central Piazza Maggiore and the religious complex of San Stefano. Its many portico arcades also make ideal shelters for cafés, bars and ice cream parlours that stay open into the early morning. Flights to Bologna are also the best way to access a large chunk of northern Italy. Less than an hour from the airport is the stunning Romanesque cathedral of Modena, while the Adriatic Coast and the beaches of Rimini are just over an hour away.