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Getting to Bologna
The closest airport is the Bologna G. Marconi Airport. From there you can reach downtown Bologna in about 15-30 min, depending on traffic and the exact location of your hotel. Taxis (approx. 20-25 Euro) and the Aerobus-BLQ shuttle connecting the airport with the Central Train Station (6 Euro, tickets can be purchased onboard) can be easily found at the airport exit.
Low cost companies also fly to the Bologna G. Marconi Airport.
You can also take a taxi : travel time is about 15 min. depending on traffic (especially in the rush hours the beltway can be very crowded). It will cost some 20 Euro; There are two taxi company COTABO and TAXICAT-BOLOGNA.
Bologna is the most important junction of Italy’s ground transportation (railway and road) network.
Through Bologna pass nearly all the railway lines connecting the major Nord-Italian cities (e.g. Milan, Turin, Venice, Trieste, etc.), as well as the Nord-European countries, with the rest of the country and important cities such as Florence, Rome, Naples, etc.
Bologna is a hub for three major Highways: A1 connecting Milan-Turin and the North-West to Rome and the South-West cost; A13 connecting Bologna to Padova and the North-East coast (Venice, Trieste); A14 connecting Bologna to Ancona and the South-East coast.
These three Highways are linked by a beltway called Tangenziale which serves also a large part of the local traffic. An inner ring called Circonvallazione (because it has replaced the ancient walls surrounding the city and now mostly destroyed) serves the city traffic (see the map).
Several parts of the city inside the Circonvallazione allow only a restricted car transit. However, visitors may reach their hotels by car, and can avoid being fined if they remember to communicate their car plate number at the reception. Most hotels can assist their guests with car parking facilities.
Useful information and an interactive map to find how to get around in Bologna can be found on TPER website.
Accommodation and Food
The Observatory and the University have agreed on special rates for their visitors, when there are no trade fairs, with the following Hotels : Paradise, Holiday, University (about 10-15 min walking distance from the Observatory and from the train station), and San Donato (right in the City Centre, about 20 min walking distance from the Observatory and 30 min from the train station).
Services, Events and facilities (e.g. hotels booking, restaurants, etc.) can also be searched for interactively here .
Getting to the Astronomical Observatory
The Astronomical Observatory, Via Ranzani 1, is located about 1.2 km from the Central Train Station, easily reachable on foot or by bus (No. 32, third stop from the Train Station), as shown in the map.
Route ”’on foot”’ from the Bologna Central Train Station to the Astronomical Observatory:
– exit on Piazza delle Medaglie d’Oro -> go left on Viale Pietro Pietramellara
-> follow Viale Angelo Masini
-> cross Piazza di Porta Mascarella
-> follow Viale Carlo Berti Pichat
-> turn left on Via Camillo Ranzani
Coming ”’by car”’, get into the Tangenziale – take direction San Lazzaro di Savena if you come from A1, A13 or A14 West. Take exit 7 (Fiera, Stalingrado) direction Centro and follow Via Stalingrado until the interesection with the Circonvallazione (Viale Masini/Viale Berti-Pichat). This intersection is easily recogniseable: just after the bridge over the railway line you will see the XVth Century gate called Porta Mascarella. Turn left around the gate and follow the Circonvallazione for about 300-400m, then turn left again (crossing the Circonvallazione) into Via Ranzani to reach the Observatory (see the map above).
On the Tangenziale take direction Casalecchio di Reno if you come from A14 East, take exit 9 (San Donato) direction Centro, follow Via San Donato all the way until you intersect Via Ranzani on your right (see the map above).