About one year ago I scored cheap tickets to Italy (with RyanAir from Frankfurt-Hahn) and spent 6 days exploring Bologna, Florence, Pisa, La Spezia and Cinque Terre. Bologna was my first stop and even though it’s without a doubt a beautiful city, I didn’t really enjoy it. Mostly because it was just the wrong time of the year to visit: it was often deserted, since the locals had left the city for summer vacation and the heat during the day was unbearable. At another time of the year I am sure Bologna is a great place to visit, especially for young people since over 80.000 of the 400.000 citizens are students.
For a more positive review of Bologna you should check out 7 Things I Loved About Bologna (and Why I’ll be Back) on twenty-somethingtravel.com .
I stayed at the Hotel Imperial for which I paid 35€/night for my single room including breakfast. The hotel is located 4 km from the center, but a bus stops right in front of the hotel and connects it with the centre of Bologna.