Bologna

Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. It’s Piazza Maggiore is a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval and Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio. Among the city’s many medieval towers are the Two Towers, leaning Asinelli and Garisenda.

Language
Italian is the official language spoken in Bologna, and English is widely spoken throughout the continent.

Climate in Bologna
In Bologna, the summers are warm and mostly clear and the winters are chilly and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 3°C to 25°C. The hot season lasts for 3months, from June to September, with an average daily high temperature above 25°C. The cold season lasts for 3 months, from November to March, with an average daily high temperature below 11°C

Currency
The official currency in Bologna is the Euro (EUR). ATMs are available in many parts of Bologna – ensure you inform your bank before traveling abroad and be aware you may be charged for cash withdrawals. It is advisable to exchange some cash before arriving in Bologna.

Tipping
Gratuities are optional in Bologna, giving a tip of 10% for services received from waitresses/waiters, porters, hotel maids and taxi drivers is appreciated.

Useful Numbers
International country code: 39
Telephone Area code: 051
Police 113
Ambulance 118
Fire 115

Visas
Italy – along with Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain – form part of the border-free travel zone that are subject to the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of the USA, Israel, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand are eligible to enter Italy as tourists without a visa and stay up to 90 days. Passports will not be stamped upon entry, so the three-month concession can be interpreted with certain flexibility.

EU citizens require only a passport or ID card to stay or work in Italy for as long as they wish. They are, however, required to register with a Questura (Police station) if they take up residence and need to obtain a Permesso di soggiorno (Permission to remain for a nominated period).
If visitors are entering Bologna for studies or plan to remain for an extended period, insist on having the entry stamp. Without it, you could encounter problems when trying to obtain a Permesso di soggiorno. Non-EU citizens wanting to study at a university or language school must have a study visa. These can be obtained from your nearest Italian embassy or consulate.