One of Italy's most culturally dynamic cities, a foodie hotspot, and boasting some superb attractions, Bologna is a great city to visit by air. It's also very easy to reach from the USA, thanks to connecting flights via Rome or London. Plenty of budget flights are available to keep costs low, the airport is close to the city center, and transport links are excellent, making visiting a breeze.
The main airport in Bologna is Guglielmo Marconi Airport, commemorating the inventor of radio, who was born in the city. The airport is about four miles outside town and is connected to most important locations via an efficient Aerobus service.
A wide range of airlines serves Guglielmo Marconi Airport. Ryanair is the airport's major operator, offering budget flights from London, Dublin, Madrid, and other cities with links to US airports. Other airlines to choose from include Emirates, which flies from Dubai, Iberia, Eurowings, and American Airlines, which offers a summer service from Philadelphia.
Flying takes the stress out of visiting Bologna, allowing passengers the time to relax and ease themselves into their vacations. Travelers from the USA can take seasonal flights from Philadelphia, or make their way via popular stop-offs like Madrid or London. That way, they can add another major European city to their itinerary. There will always be plenty of routes and fares to choose from, so finding affordable tickets should be easy. Arriving at Bologna is usually a very smooth process. Rapid bus services transport arrivals straight to the historic center, while car hire and taxis are available if required.
When they arrive in the city, many visitors choose to purchase a Bologna Welcome Card, which provides cut-price access to almost all of the core galleries, museums, and landmarks like the Asinelli Tower. It's an essential purchase for anyone who wants to tick off everything Bologna has to offer. But don't feel limited by the attractions listed. Bologna hides some incredible experiences, from cookery classes at CIBO Culinary Institute to renting a Vespa scooter to explore the surrounding countryside. And don't miss out on local specialties. The city is famous for its tortellini, tagliatelli and mortadella sausages.