Car Hire Bologna

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    No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included.

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Hertz in Bologna

Welcome to Bologna, a true Italian original. This isn’t just a cookie-cutter tourist city filled with standard sights: it’s an authentic, gutsy place that’s home to the world’s oldest university and is utterly, completely, head-over-heels in love with food.

Whether you’re passing through and just want to grab a quick coffee in the Piazza Maggiore or you’re planning to wander through the markets that have been here since medieval times, there’s plenty of beautiful architecture to appreciate and heaps of delicious, local food to savour.

And when you want to go a little further, it’s also the perfect location from which to take a drive to explore nearby cities like Florence and San Marino.

You’ll find us in numerous locations across Bologna, including at the airport and central railway station. Car hire in Bologna is the ideal way to cover all of the city and head out to see more of the arresting Po Valley beyond its limits.

Hertz Bologna Locations

Bologna Casalecchio di Reno IKEA Via J Lennon 6

Via Selice 106, , c/o Carrozzeria Emiliana
39-3917937159

Bologna Funo di Argelato-Via Provinciale Galliera 4 (Vans)

Via Provinciale Galliera 4
+39-051-864063

Bologna Central Railway Station-Via Amendola 16

Via Poli 3
+39-342-1262953

Bologna Airport

Via del Triumvirato 84, , Guglielmo Marconi Airport
+39-051-382758

A quick guide to Bologna

Bologna has plenty to boast about. Big bowls of pasta dressed in the sauce they invented here might grace many tables, but there’s refinement and modernity too.

Wander between ancient basilica and market stalls, delis stacked high with produce and galleries bursting with local and international art. The students keep the town on its toes, the locals keep it real.

The tilting towers

While perhaps not as famous as Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Bologna can lay claim to its own towers that deviate from the vertical. The Torre degli Asinelli, built in the early 12th century, tilts 2.2m and has nearly 500 steps that you can climb for an unforgettable view (sorry, no elevators).

Its neighbour, Torre Garisena, is only just over half the height, but has an even more pronounced lean that means it’s closed to the public. If you want to ascend to the top of the former, you’ll need to book online in advance.

The scale of some of Bologna’s architectural ambition can often be measured literally. The Basilica di San Petronio is one of Europe’s largest churches – so large in fact that it has never been finished, even though work began in 1390. There’s a vast sundial inside and fascinating interior decoration.

There’s even more elegance on show at Basilica di Santo Stefano, originally a grouping of seven different churches, although a mere four stand today, of differing ages but similar fascination.

A culinary adventure

With the city boasting the nickname ‘la grassa’ – ‘the fat one’ – it should come as no surprise that eating in Bologna is a foodie’s dream. This is a city that likes to eat its fill, whether it’s of fresh egg pasta or the Bolognese sauce the city gives its name to.

A word of warning though – only order if it says ‘tagliatelle al ragù’ on the menu. Anywhere that calls it ‘spaghetti bolognese’ is a tourist trap, the locals never call it that. Whether at a local trattoria, market or street stall, there’s always a variety of filled tortellini and tortelloni, cold cuts like mortadella and prosciutto, alongside world-class gelato for dessert.

If Michelin-starred dining is more your thing, then eating at the I Portici Restaurant is a must. This elegant establishment serves acclaimed spins on local classics, but also risotto with pumpkin, sea urchins and lime, a deceptively simple spaghetti with a five-tomato sauce and petite but flavour-packed pastries to finish.

Meet the Old Masters

Bologna may not shout from the rafters about its cultural achievements, but this is a city that takes its art seriously – both contemporary and classic.

At MAMbo, on Via Don Minzoni, you can explore the former in a former bakery converted into a showcase for modern Italian artists. It specializes in work by local painter Giorgio Morandi.

At the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, the focus is on the past, in a gallery that first opened in 1885. There is notable work from Raffaello, Tintoretto, Titian and Giotto, in a sensitively handled collection broken up into different schools of painting. If that’s not your cup of tea, don’t worry, there are some 50 museums across the city for you to enjoy.

Car hire in Bologna is a great way to pack in the very best of the culture and architecture of this fine city, while tantalising your taste buds in Italy’s capital of food.

Driving in and around Bologna

Driving in and around Bologna is a thrilling and beautiful adventure. Almost every street is flanked with incredible architecture, making the drive feel like you’re taking a trip back in time.

It should be noted that in a bid to protect the atmosphere and historic treasures of the city, the very centre of Bologna is a restricted traffic zone (ZTL) between 7am and 8pm. However, the rest of the city is car friendly.

In the city, the upper speed limit is 50km/h. Once outside the city, on the autostrada, the limit reaches 130km/h. Seatbelts must be used by all passengers and the driver, and it’s important to note that dipped headlights must be used on all dual carriageways outside the cities and towns.

The E45 is a major route in Bologna, running both south-east and north-west of the city. It leads to Modena, home of balsamic vinegar, just a short drive away. You’ll also find the famous Ferrari museum in the nearby village of Maranello, a must-visit location for car lovers.

The E35, which also skirts the city, is the road to take for fabulous Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, just a couple of hours to the south.

Whichever way you head from Bologna, however, you’ll find authentic pockets of Italy, unspoiled towns and phenomenal out-of-the-way places to eat. You’re in Italy’s foodie heart and it pumps ragù.

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HERTZ BOLOGNA LOCATIONS

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Bologna Casalecchio di Reno IKEA Via J Lennon 6

Address:Via Selice 106, , c/o Carrozzeria Emiliana

Phone:39-3917937159

Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1230 1430-1830, Sa-Su Closed.

Bologna Funo di Argelato-Via Provinciale Galliera 4 (Vans)

Address:Via Provinciale Galliera 4

Phone:+39 051 864063

Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1230 1400-1800, Sa on request, Su closed

Bologna Central Railway Station-Via Amendola 16

Address:Via Poli 3

Phone:+39 342 1262953

Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1230 1430-1830, Sa-Su Closed.

Bologna Airport

Address:Via del Triumvirato 84, , Guglielmo Marconi Airport

Phone:+39 051 382758

Opening hours: Mo-Su 0800-2400