What you should know before hiring a car in Bologna
Car hires in Bologna: practical information
Where to rent a car in Bologna
Europcar and Avis, among others, allow you to start your adventure as soon as you step off your flights at Bologna Airport. Travelling with a Bologna airport car hire is flexible, easy and comfortable and the most recommended way to get around while visiting this corner of Italy. For a car hire Bologna city centre, you'll find the most car rental companies in Bologna around the central train station.
You'll find rentals in other parts of the city as well, Via dell Industria and Via Boldrini are just two places to look. To make finding an economy car hire in Bologna easy, just launch and search on liligo.com, compare the deals and choose the best offer for your trip.
Driving in Bologna: parking and other tips
If you don't want the hassle of driving in the city centre, we recommend you park on the outskirts and travel by public transportation. For parking outside the main part of the city, try Via Prati di Caprara, Via Giuriolo, Via Tanari and Via Andrea Costa. For parking in the heart of Bologna it's good to understand that the city is divided into six zones: A, B (central), C, D, E and F (outskirts) as well as U (university area). Parking prices range from €0.50 to €2 per hour.
You generally have to pay for street parking in the city centre between 9:00am and 8:00pm and from 9:00am to 6:00pm outside the city centre. This doesn't include parking areas that are labeled as "RR" which means Rapid Rotation where parking is limited to a certain period of time.
Road trips from Bologna: what to do, what to see
This delightful and very pretty town is just 15 km from Bologna, in the heart of wine country. It's not only famous for its excellent wines though, but for its art and culture as well. The festival of the painted wall takes place every two years and attracts the best artists from around the country and the world to paint works of art of the walls of the houses.
A little further to the west is Monteveglio, an impressive medieval town, one of the best preserved in the central-north. One of the most spectacular buildings here is without a doubt the abbey for its Romanesque paintings dating from the 5th century. Monteveglio is also surrounded by vineyards, so don't leave without tasting a few of the local vintages and varieties while you're on holidays in Bologna.
Located around 30 km to the south, Marzabotto has a history going back centuries. A major attraction here is the National Archaeological Museum featuring interesting exhibits of artefacts discovered in the area. Not to be missed however is the gorgeous Bologna countryside, best explored with a rental car.