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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

hotels

Grand Hotel Baglioni

In true Baglioni style, this is a prestigious luxury hotel in the heart of Bologna offering guests every modern amenity in absolute grandeur style. In a pivotal location a short distance from the Piazza Maggiore, the distinguished Grand Hotel Baglioni is synonymous with impeccable service and sumptuous antique furnishings. It remains the most lavish hotel of Bologna’s old town from the red carpet entrance all the way to its spacious rooms of blissful luxury.

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 View Map ... Via Indipendenza 8, Bologna, Italy
Hotel Touring

Located close enough to Piazza Maggiore to be central, yet far enough away to give you time to digest the filling tagliatelle al ragù you will most likely devour at every meal, Hotel Touring is a quaint choice with much to offer. The gold rooms (as opposed to the classic rooms) have been decorated with contemporary fabrics and furnishings. This family-run hotel offers guests a warm and hospitable retreat with charming internal courtyards and a fabulous rooftop terrace and Jacuzzi for the hot summer months.

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 View Map ... via De' Mattuiani 1/2, Bologna, Italy
Il Convento dei Fiori di Seta

Il Convento dei Fiori di Seta (which translates to The Silken Flowers Nunnery) was conceptualised when the 15th century little church of the nunnery was restored. There are only 10 chic rooms, each decorated with sharp minimalist furnishings and the trendy wine bar overlooks the church’s main fresco. Lucky for us, indulgence is not a sin.

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 View Map ... Via orfeo 32-34b, South Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Novecento

Located in the pedestrianised part of Piazza Galileo, very close to Piazza Maggiore, the Novecento is a chic design hotel with stylish flair. Hotel windows offer uninterrupted panoramic views of the city. Each of the 25 rooms in the 1930s-style building is cosy yet spacious, and despite being decorated in minimalist design, seamlessly blends into the medieval culture of this magnificent city.

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 View Map ... Piazza Galileo Galilei 4/3, Bologna, Italy

what we think

The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region is home to bolognaise, affectionately known to the locals as “ragu”. Gastronomic indulgence is a passion that these Italians take great pleasure in. This delightful city is not flooded with hordes of tourists, which makes shopping in some of Italy’s most handsome streets and eating in some of the country’s most authentic restaurants so much more enjoyable. The city is full of texture, with its exposed brickwork, peeling paint and faded murals on the walls. With Europe’s oldest university at its core, a vibrant young crowd punctuates the city’s piazzas and the longest arcade in the world.