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Viale della Fiera 20, 40128 Bologna, Bologna (BO), Emilia Romagna - Italia Phone: 051/282111 Fax: 051/6374004

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BolognaFiere’s strategic location guarantees the centre extremely convenient international links. The complex is situated close to the city’s international airport, to the main Italian motorway network and to the largest railway junction in Europe.

BolognaFiere has plenty of added values: its dedicated motorway exit, directly connected to the parking facilities; the fast connections with the town centre and the area’s main infrastructures.The Fair Centre spreads over 345,000 m2, and has been designed on innovative functional and technological concepts. Exhibitions take place in 16 large multifunctional pavilions – fully cabled and air-conditioned, fitted with computerized systems – connected by extensive elevated service areas (used also to host exhibitions/congresses), and equipped external areas. Four totally independent and highly flexible entrances provide for the simultaneous organization of different events; mobility and functionality inside the entire area are guaranteed by a system of elevated mobile walkways (5 m) and by parking facilities able to accommodate approximately 11,000 cars.

The Fair Centre is also equipped with an internal railway station and helipad, whose size and design make it one of the leading private helipads in Italy. Service spaces provide a wide range of offers: to best cater to organizational requirements and functions, the service and numerous catering zones have been strategically positioned inside the fairgrounds. Large, comfortable premises host the management offices, reception desks, engineering offices, press office and meeting rooms. The Fair Centre also provides an outstanding offer of congress facilities, thanks to the numerous congress halls, located inside the fairgrounds, and particularly to the Culture and Congress Building, the ideal venue for conferences and meetings, and also for major concerts and events. The development of the Bologna Fair Centre is tied to famous names in international architecture, who have lent their talent in the design of the facilities: from architect Benevolo (designer of the first group of pavilions) to Enzo Zacchiroli, from Kenzo Tange (designer of the “Fiera District”) to Studio Cerri Associati.

The region’s economic driving force, dynamic, industrial, rich in history, ideal place for walks with its over 38 km of arcades and porticoes. The medieval centre hosts many palaces, churches and extraordinary museums. A city of students and a cultural centre, Bologna is proud to be home to the oldest and leading university in Europe.

Piazza Maggiore Heart of the old town centre, home to the main monuments: Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo del re Enzo, opening on piazza del Nettuno with its superb fountain, and the Basilica di San Petronio, built in the XIV century, one of the world’s largest churches.

Palazzo Comunale Built in the XIII century, housing an interesting museum dedicated to the Bolognese painter Giorgio Morandi.

Due Torri Symbol of Bologna, climb up to Torre Asinelli, the highest, and experience vertigo and thrills to the max!

National Picture Gallery Based in an old convent situated in the university area, collections mainly focus on the Bolognese school from the XIV to the XVIII century, without neglecting the old, remarkable works by Raffaello, Perugino, Tintoretto and Tiziano.

On the first Colli Bolognesi stands the sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, one of the symbols of the city. Designed by Carlo Francesco Dotti (1723-57), reachable on foot along via San Luca, flanked by a portico 3.6 km long.


Al Cappello Rosso ****
VIA DE’ FUSARI 9, TEL. 051261891
At the heart of the city, near piazza Maggiore, this hotel boasts over six hundred years of history and services. Discreet and fine settings, rooms fitted with the
latest technology, plus a mansarded suite and panoramic view.

Art Hotel Novecento ****
PIAZZA GALILEI 4/3, TEL. 0517457311
At the heart of Bologna, modern hotel, Vienna secession style, for an exclusive stay you’ll never forget: rooms and suites, all different, soberly-shaped and carefully-detailed.

Sheraton Bologna ****
At a short distance from the airport (free shuttle bus), modern and elegant facility, made to offer maximum respite especially to business guests. Spacey rooms
and several suites.

Astoria ***
VIA F.LLI ROSSELLI 14, TEL. 051521410
Close to the station and fair centre, convenient and functional hotel, with pleasant garden inside.


VIA EMILIA LEVANTE 111, TEL. 051546110
High-class tradition, charming and elegant atmosphere. The menu includes typical Bologna specialities.

VIA DELLA ZECCA 2/H, TEL. 051235536
Fine settings, wood decorating the walls and ceilings. Variety of dishes, especially seasonally fresh food.

Central position, 1930s atmosphere. Dining out in the open in summer. Traditional dishes.

Franco Rossi
VIA GOITO 3, TEL. 051238818
Plenty of Franco’s memories stuck on the walls giving out the right atmosphere, and leaving the rest to a meticulous cuisine.

One of the institutions of the Emilian spirit are the osterie. Both wine shop and restaurant, the osterie are there to always offer good regional meals at a fair price. Strolling downtown, you spot them here and there, mostly in via del Pratello, the hangout for youngsters and students.

La Feltrinelli
TEL. 051266891
Since 1963, in the heart of town right under the two towers, the historical Feltrinelli Ravegnana, now renovated and today even more welcoming and well-stocked.

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