Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Bologna, IT that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including WiFi and kitchens. Prices start at $65 per night, and villas and condos are popular options for a stay in Bologna. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Get schooled in the beautiful academic city of Bologna

Want to visit a place in northern Italy that's not Milan or Venice but equally magnifico? Bustling Bologna, sometimes called "La Dotta" (The Learned One), is home to the world's oldest academic institution, the University of Bologna, founded in 1088. As such, this city's got it going on in the culture department, especially when it comes to music, film, and dance. The students create lively nightlife, and you also have plenty of places to indulge in delicious northern Italian cuisine. And with most Bologna vacation rentals you'll be in walking distance of landmarks that highlight the area's Etruscan history.

Things to do

You'll have gallery visits down to a fine art

You won't walk more than a few feet before you run into a gallery, ancient building, or cool theater. Admire art at galleries like Palazzo Fava and MAMbo and see the 14th-century castle remains in Montagnola Park. Piazza Maggiore is the 15th-century square smack in the middle of the city. It's full of cafes, musical street performers, medieval and Renaissance buildings, and the Fountain of Neptune. You might see small canals—old merchant waterways—when you're walking around, and you'll be able to see the city's icon, the medieval Two Towers, from most Bologna vacation rentals.

Activities

Let the music set you free in Bologna, Italy

Bologna's celebrated for its music culture, and you can celebrate it too at one of the festivals devoted to jazz, classical, or contemporary genres. Several film and dance festivals happen annually as well. The city's rich cuisine is heavy on the meat, including its 2 namesake foods, bologna sausage and Bolognese, a rich meat ragu served with tagliatelle. Nearby vineyards make Sangiovese and Lambrusco, deep red wines that pair nicely with the region's food. And in the city's historic center, you'll find art galleries and musuems, medieval towers, and ancient cathedrals.

Weather

A musical city with a song for all seasons

Bologna has 4 fantastic seasons, with hot summers in the 70s and 80s, and winters in the 30s, with occasional snow and lots of overcast days. Chances of "pioggia" (rain) are high in spring and autumn, with November being the wettest month. The best but also busiest time for Bologna vacation rentals is spring or early summer, when the sun's warm rays make for perfect sightseeing days. For quieter crowds and lower prices, try October or November. And you're guaranteed to find a festival or 2 whenever you end up going.

Natural features

The skyline's as red as the wine you'll be drinking

Bologna's between the Reno and Savena Rivers at the foot of the Apennine Mountains, with the east coast about 50 miles away. The lush forested foothills of the craggy limestone mountain range are visible from 'La Rossa', a nickname Bologna earned from the red hues of terra cotta buildings that dominate the skyline. You'll find that all roads lead back the Bologna's central square, Piazza Maggiore. The surrounding lands of the Po River Delta have fertile soil for fruit orchards and forests, and make excellent habitats for animals like wild horses, black bulls, herons, terns, ducks, and more.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Bologna

Fly into Bologna (BLQ-Guglielmo Marconi), the closest airport, located 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Bologna Central Station, Bologna Rimesse Station and Bologna San VItale Station are the main stations in the city.

How many vacation rentals are available around Bologna, IT?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 736 vacation rentals around Bologna. From 14 villa rentals to 563 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a city-center property in Bologna?

Small and cramped hotel rooms are forgettable. Living like a local in the heart of a wonderful new city is definitely not. Vrbo has 212 centrally located vacation rentals available. Open to other ideas? Vrbo has oodles more rental options to take a look at, including:

  • 152 town vacation rentals.
  • 71 rural vacation rentals.
  • 30 village vacation rentals.

Can I rent an apartment in Bologna?

Forget about impersonal hotel rooms. Explore this destination from the comfort and convenience of your very own apartment. You'll be able to take your pick from 895 different options via Vrbo. How does $22 a night sound? That's what you're looking at spending if you don't leave it too long! Or maybe you'd rather choose one of the area's other lodging types, such as:

  • Bed & breakfast: 121 vacation homes. Prices start from $39 per night.
  • House: 110 vacation homes. Prices start from $46 per night.
  • Hotel: 109 vacation homes. Prices start from $40 per night.

Can I stay in Bologna in a large group?

The recipe for a wonderful getaway is hanging out with loved ones in a completely new place. If you're visiting with a big group, Vrbo can help. Presently, apartment vacation homes are all the rage for big groups of visitors here, and we have 88 featured on our database. The lodging options that are suitable for large groups around here include:

  • Are you searching for vacation homes that can house 6 vacationers? We have 113 that will suit. Prices begin from just $41 per night.
  • Keen to find somewhere for 5 people? We have 111 that will serve you well. Prices start from $45 a night.
  • Seeking out places for rent catering to 7 people? You'll be happy to find out we have 35 that'll be ideal. You can book one from just $61 a night.

You and all your mates will be well catered to when you arrange your Bologna travels through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Bologna?

Tight hotel rooms are no place to spend your precious vacation moments! Explore our thrifty rentals today and make sure everyone has room to move. Scandellara is a great area to investigate if you want to keep an eye on your budget. Vrbo has 46 rentals, and the average price is a very agreeable $83 per night. You'll find another 311 Vrbo rentals waiting for you in or around San Donato. The average price in this area is $101 a night.

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