Catching trains to Bologna offers an excellent alternative to buses and flights, making it easy to transfer from major airports to one of northern Italy's most exciting destinations. Trains run into central Bologna, putting travelers very close to the heart of the action, and connections from Rome and Milan couldn't be much better, facilitating seamless arrivals from across the Atlantic.
Most trains will arrive at Bologna Centrale, which, as the name indicates, is very close to the center of town. Passengers will emerge on the northern edge of the city center, From there, they can walk down the Via dell'Indipendenza straight to the Centro Storico and the Ghetto Ebraico, but TPER bus A also runs into the center and may be a faster option.
Trains bound for Bologna will usually be operated by Trenitalia. Italy's major rail company provides a mix of slower standard options and inter-city Frecciargento and Frecciarossa services, which come with bonuses like WiFi. Some services may also be provided by Italo.
Trains often make the most sense when picking ways to get around Italy. For starters, they are often the fastest mode of transport. When transfers to airports and time spent waiting for baggage are factored in, trains usually come out faster. For instance, Milan is just an hour away by train and two hours by bus. Trains also provide convenient ways to transfer from flights across the Atlantic. Passengers can easily get from Rome Fiumicino or Milan Malpensa to Bologna. When the convenient location of Bologna Centrale is added to the mix, there aren't many better options.
Bologna isn't large, but it's packed with palaces, churches, galleries, and much more so planning itineraries is always a wise move. When hopping between attractions, using bike hire services like BikeInBo is an interesting option, but buses are also plentiful. Standouts are too numerous to mention here, but must-see attractions include the Asinelli Tower, the elegant Piazza Maggiore, and the beautiful Church of San Petronio. But that's far from everything there is to see and do. For a slightly more unusual afternoon activity, why not join cookery classes? There are quite a few local academies that teach the principles of the region's world-class cuisine.