How to reach Bologna

Do not hesitate asking us more details if you find the following insufficient.

By Air - Bologna airport G. Marconi is connected by national flights to all the other Italian airports and by international ones to the major towns in Europe. Daily flights to London, Paris, Lyon, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, Bruxelles, Köln, Frankfurt, Zürich and many other places make the links with the rest of the World very easy. From the Airport there is a regular bus connection (see timetable at Aerobus ) taking you to the Railway Station. Bus stop at the airport is just outside the arrival terminal. The ticket costs 8.000 ITL and can be purchased on the bus.

By Car - The main motorway connection is the A1 (the "Autostrada del Sole"), which links Bologna directly to Milan, Florence and Rome and to three other main routes. The A1 can be entered, from Turin, Genoa or Brescia, by the A21, at Piacenza; from Genoa and La Spezia, by the A15, at Parma; from Brenner Pass, Verona, Mantova, by the A22, at Modena.
From Trieste, Tarvisio-Villach, Venice, Padua, on the other hand, the A13 motorway is direct, as is the A14 from Ancona, Rimini and Ravenna.
All the motorways exits lead into the city by-pass (follow the signs "Tangenziale") from which branch off the roads for all directions. The by-pass exit n.7 (Centro - Via Stalingrado) is the more direct one: it leads you on a large road (Via Stalingrado) pointing to the centre. Referring to the map of town centre (see link below, we suggest to print and bring it with you), when you reach Porta Mascarella from Via Stalingrado, you should turn left (around the medieval gate) into viale Berti-Pichat until you reach Porta San Donato. Here you turn right into Via Irnerio. The Phys Dept (signed by "We are here" on the map) is after the first traffic light.

Parking - We hope to be able to host a (limited) number of cars of our guests in the internal parking of the Insitute. Outside, all parkings are payant, day and night! There is no way to reach the Guesthouse by car before 20 p.m.: the centre of the town has traffic limitations preventing the non residents to drive in during day hours. Therefore we strongly suggest those arriving by car to keep in contact with us (phones see below) to have further instructions.

Maps - For helping you in orientation, we provide two maps: Surroundings and Centre of Bologna. On this latter, please note the "We are here" words with the arrow pointing to the location of the Phys. Dept. and the other one pointing to the S. Giovanni in Monte Guesthouse.

By Train - Bologna is the main Italian railway junction and therefore all the most important national and international lines pass through it. InterCity trains and EuroStar (Pendolino) high speed trains connect it to all the major italian cities. Many night trains link Bologna with Germany, France and Austria (in particular from Bonn, Koeln, Amsterdam, Paris and Vienna there are direct night trains).

How to reach your hotel from the Airport or Station

San Giovanni in Monte University Guesthouse (Via de' Chiari 8 - tel. (39) 051 276711 - fax (39) 051276777)  - It can be easily reached from the Railway Station by use of bus no. 50 (or 11). Coming from the airport with the Aerobus, at the Railway Station Square cross the main road and on the other side, a bit on the left, catch the "little" bus no. 50 (the aerobus ticket is not valid, you have to purchase a city bus ticket at the kiosk in the Station Square). It goes through the small medieval streets of the centre. You have to get down in Via Cartoleria (see map, and ask the conductor).
Some guests of the Guesthouse will not be accomodated in the main building, but in the dependance located in Via San Vitale. They have to reach the main Guesthouse anyway, to get the keys. The receptionist will then give them instructions to reach the San Vitale dependance, which is walking distance from the main Guesthouse.
The Guesthouse is located in a former monastery of Middle Ages. It is a jewel of romanesque architecture in itself. We hope the guests will enjoy the stay in such a characteristic surrounding.
The Guesthouse reception closes at 22:00. Entrance keys are given to the guests, allowing entering at any time. For the night of arrival, we shall organize the distribution of keys for the guests arriving later than 22:00. To help us, all the guests planning to arrive at the station or airport later than 21:00 should signal us their time of arrival, and be prepared, if possible, to advise us by phone (see below) if they happen to be late.
On the day of departure, the room must be left free at 10:30 at latest.
Any variation in arrivals must be communicated to the guesthouse directly or to us

Hotel San Giorgio (Via delle Moline 17 -tel. (39) 051 248659 - fax (39) 051 250556) and Hotel Holiday (Via Bertiera 13 - tel and fax (39) 051 235326) - As they are very close one another, the instructions are the same. For those who come from the Airport with the Aerobus, the best is to get down at the stop Via Indipendenza - Arena del Sole (ask the conductor). The two hotels are walking distance from this stop (see map). If instead you are coming from the Station, take bus no. 50 (you have to purchase a city bus ticket at the kiosk in the Station Square). It goes through the small medieval streets of the centre. You have to get down at the stop called Oberdan (ask the conductor and see map). Both hotels are walking distance from there.
Any variation in arrivals must be communicated to the hotels directly or to us (tel. see below or email to ) 72 hours in advance, otherwise the first night will be charged to the guest.


Do not hesitate calling us if you are in trouble, or your flight is late, etc...
Telephone numbers: You have always to dial the 0 of the area code 051, even if you ara calling from abroad. The area code 051 must be dialled even if you are in the town territory.

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