Exhibitions and Fairs in Bologna
With its 380 000 inhabitants, Bologna is one of the cities in Italy with the highest concentration of businesses per inhabitants. Bologna boasts a diverse economy: food (Granarolo, Cirio, Fabbri), engine (Ducati, Lamborghini, Moto Morini), engineering, construction, electronics, environmental (Hera). The Exhibition Centre of Bologna is one of the most important fairground in the country: BolognaFiere manages Ferrara and Modena trade fair venues.
How to get Bologna
With Taranto, Bologna is one of two extremes to the A14 motorway, the Autostrada Adriatica. The Central Station of Bologna, in Piazza Medaglie d’Oro, is infamous for the massacre of August 2, 1980, which caused 85 deaths and over 200 injured: the station is now affected by the works for the high-speed railway. BolognaFiere is a motorway exit but also an underground railroad that operates during the trade fairs attended by greater numbers of visitors. Both the Central Station and the Intercontinental Airport Guglielmo Marconi (with a 5.5 million passengers traffic) are connected to the Fair by shuttle services.
Where to stay in Bologna
In Bologna there are nearly a hundred hotels (over 330 across the province) for a total of more than 11 000 beds. Hotels in the historic centre of Bologna are the best solution for those visiting the city, being close to major tourist attractions, the University and nightclubs. Hotels near Bologna Exhibition Centre are available throughout the district San Donato, closed via dell'Artigianato and via Stalingrado.
Bologna Shopping Venues
The entire historical centre of Bologna is excellent for shopping and enjoying great food. For the most luxurious shopping, head towards the streets around Piazza Maggiore, Via D'Azeglio, Via Farini, Galleria Cavour, boasting exclusive ateliers. The area of Corte Isolani connects Piazza Santo Stefano to Strada Maggiore and is home to designer shops and art galleries. Regarding food shopping, the best area is called the 'Quadrilateral', between Via Drapperie, via degli Orefici, via Caprarie, via Clavature and via Pescherie Vecchie. Here, bolognese food and wine specialties shops alternate with the windows of goldsmiths.
Bologna hot spots for the after-show
Bologna boasts one of Italy's most exciting nightlives. Bologna is a university town, and so there are hundreds of clubs, restaurants and bars, especially under the arcades of the centre, where in the evening, all year round, gather citizens, tourists and students to spend evenings with music and good wine. The most famous venues in Bologna, as the Roxy Bar next to the Two Towers, or the pub Impero, are all in the historical centre, around Piazza Maggiore.
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