Bologna | Grand Hotel Majestic "Già Baglioni" - Luxury 5 stars Hotel


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Here are 5 suggested itineraries around Bologna’s art attractions and much more besides. Experience Romagna with its traditional culinary specialities. Plan your trip to Bologna and make a novel sensory experience of it with a visit to the most attractive places in the city and the Emilia Romagna region.
Soak up unique landscapes, fine flavours and unforgettable experiences... live your sensory experience in Bologna to the full:
  • Our "ART & CULTURE" itinerary takes you to Garisenda and Torre degli Asinelli
  • Try one of Italy’s best culinary traditions with an exclusive FOOD AND WINE TOUR 
  • If you love CARS or like to keep in shape with SPORT, this is the itinerary for you
  • Between Modena and the Romagna Riviera passing through Parma and San Marino, Bologna’s SURROUNDING AREAS will give you a taste of its unmistakeable style
  • The most exclusive SHOPPING the best brand names, a stroll through the most exclusive luxury.

Art & culture

European Culture Capital in the year 2000 and UNESCO City of Music in 2006, Bologna has another claim to fame: the oldest university in the Western world, Alma Mater Studiorum.

This journey of discovery begins at Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic and specifically from its new 800 & 900 rooms where a varied buffet breakfast awaits you every day to the tune of gentle music, adjoining the original Winter Garden, whose name derives from its characteristic early 20th century Trompe l’oeil and a solarium roof open in the warmer months.

From Già Baglioni you are in Piazza Maggiore in a few minutes, the meeting place par excellence for the people of Bologna, aptly named ‘Bologna’s living room’ with its beautiful Fontana del Nettuno.

In addition to this statue of the Greek god Neptune the square also contains some of the Romagna capital’s most important historic palaces: Palazzo d’Accursio or Comunale, Palazzo dei Banchi and, in the middle, Palazzo del Podestà, seat of the first town hall and built especially for this purpose, it still contains various local government offices.

Our first stop in this journey through Bologna’s beauties is inside Palazzo d’Accursio which contains Biblioteca Salaborsa with transparent flooring giving visitors a glimpse of archaeological remains belonging to various civilisations and including Basilica Civile di Bononia. Moving on to adjoining Piazza Maggiore takes us to one of the largest churches in the world and Bologna’s main church, Basilica di San Petronio.

Here, in addition to visiting the Basilica, immerse yourself in Ancient Egyptian culture at the Museo Civico Archaeologico with its around 35,000 artefacts, one of the largest Egyptian collections in Europe. It also holds finds from other periods including Greek and Italic-Etruscan, underlining the city’s multi-ethnic character.

Another townhouse worth visiting is Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, seat of the town library and built at the behest of Cardinal Carlo Borromeo in 1560 which, with its portico, is one of Bologna’s most attractive historic buildings. You’ll be enchanted by the profusion of frescoes on the walls, all preserved in the finest detail. Sala dello Stabat Mater’s frescoes and marvellous decorations are spectacular and the building also contains the not-to-be-missed Teatro Anatomico built entirely in spruce wood and venue for anatomy lessons in the 1600s. Next door to Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio you’ll find the perfect place for relaxation and leisure after lunch - Galleria Cavour, luxury shopping centre since 1959. With thirty or so shops selling the most exclusive fashion, jewellery, watch, beauty, car and furniture products and services.

When you have finished with the shopping centre, continue on Via Farini, site of a truly singular church, Basilica Santo Stefano. Its history is a truly curious one. Built on an ancient pagan temple, it was intended to be a copy of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and for this reason it was continually enlarged over the years with a grand total of seven different churches.

Today only four of the original seven churches have survived, including the oldest and, it is believed, closest copy of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem which was built according to information brought back by the crusading knights and to the same proportions and forms. Continuing our tour of this magnificent city we continue along Via Santo Stefano to Bologna’s symbol monuments:

Torre Garisenda and Torre degli Asinelli. Bologna is the city of towers. In the past there were around one hundred but only 24 have survived. You cannot claim to have seen all Bologna’s attractions and appreciated the city’s appeal without having climbed at least one of its two most famous towers.

The history of these two towers is a curious one. The first, Torre Garisenda, was the city’s tallest but its increasingly tilt led to its being shortened and this is why its nickname is Torre Mozza - the cut-off tower. The second, Torre degli Asinelli, is certainly the most famous but its history is still suffused with mystery. It is said that a peasant’s son built it out of love as he wanted to marry a Bologna aristocrat’s daughter and thanks to a treasure trove found by his father’s donkeys - asinelli.

A grand total of 498 steps take you to the top of Italy’s most leaning tower. The best way to finish off this tour around Bologna’s art and culture is a gourmet dinner tasting Emilia’s flavours at one of Bologna’s most beautiful and famous restaurants, Ristorante I Caracci, inside the Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic.


Food & wine tour

This journey around Bologna and the Emilia region’s culinary delights begins with a buffet breakfast to the tune of music at Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic’s new 800 & 900 rooms adjoining the original Winter Garden, whose name derives from its characteristic early 20th century trompe l’oeil and a solarium roof open in the warmer months. Emilia’s multiplicity of culinary specialities makes it the choice par excellence for a gastronomic journey around its many characteristic markets, tortellini culture and Parmigiano cheese excellence.

One option is to remain in Bologna to visit some of its oldest grocer’s shops, find out more about the history of tortellini, tagliatelle and mortadella, visit the medieval market, have lunch at a typical Bologna osteria to taste some of Bologna’s specialities and finish it off with a little relaxation with some of the region’s wines at Enoteca Morandi.

An additional gourmet experience means moving outside the city to find out more about this extraordinary region’s history and taste its delicacies. First travel to Modena for a visit to one of the dairies where Parmigiano cheese is made before moving northwards first to Parma and then to Piacenza in pursuit of Italy’s most famous charcuterie: Pancetta Piacentina DOP, Coppa Piacentina DOP and Salame Piacentino DOP and the 2000 years of history of Prosciutto di Parma DOP, all washed down with excellent Colli Piacentini and Parma wines. The Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic’s staff is on hand for information and to organise a made-to-measure gastronomic tour, including cooking lessons at the home of one of Bologna’s ‘cesarine’ to discover the secrets of traditional Emila food.

Sport and Cars

The land of motorcars par excellence offers a great many tours and activities to make your stay in Bologna unforgettable and Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic is the perfect starting point, thanks to staff who will be happy to give you any help you may need to explore and get to know Italy’s motor car excellences.
Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ducati are three of the most famous car brands based in and around Bologna, and their beauty and history will draw you in with special tours comprising a visit to the factory making these masterpieces, a visit to a museum to find out more about the history of these legends and a track test for a hands on experience of this Italian passion to discover the secrets of cars which are not simply a way of getting from A to B.

Thanks to Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic and its staff you can try your hand at racing car driving for a day on the Modena track driving a Ferrari 430 Challenge, racing your friends to victory.


No trip to Bologna should miss out on the history and culture packed towns of the Emilia Romagna region, a journey around Italy’s traditions. In this section we suggest two truly beautiful itineraries. The first winds its way from Bologna to Parma via Modena in search of culinary delicacies and cars while the second visits the Republic of San Marino and continues to the sea, the famous Romagna Riviera, through the folklore of this magnificent land. Starting from Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic the first itinerary’s initial stop-off is in Modena, one of Emilia’s most important towns, Enzo Ferrari’s home town and an extremely attractive destination whose multiplicity of picturesque porticoes will capture your imagination.

Start your tour at Piazza Grande where you can admire the Duomo and its Ghirlandia bell tower. Its name has twofold origins: the first from the garlands decorating its belltower and the second from the Spaniards fleeing Seville in the 16th century who started calling it little Giralda in honour of Seville’s belltower.

This tower is the town’s emblem, a sort of lighthouse, a waymark, for the people of Modena, and a climb up to the top is of certain interest for anyone visiting the city. You can also visit the Modena Duomo’s museums whose entrance is right next to the cathedral, for a better understanding of its history and to find out more about some of Modena’s curiosities.

Another of the town’s emblematic places is Piazza XX Settembre with its Mercato Storico Albinelli. Leaving Piazza Grande behind you, make your way here and the first thing you will notice and be amazed by is the colourful houses around the square. Access to the market is by number 29. It is a not-to-be-missed experience and you will be enchanted by its magical atmosphere and Modena’s gastronomic culture as seen here.

Leaving the centre you pass the last two destinations on this visit to Modena: Palazzo Ducale and Casa Museo Enzo Ferrari. The former was the historic residence of the Este dukes and is now seat of the town’s military academy while Casa Museo Enzo Ferrari is the perfect place to find out where the Ferrari legend was born and its founder’s life history.

Leaving Modena behind us we turn northwards to visit a further traditional Emilia history packed town: Parma. In Parma the first stop is a gourmet lunch in one of the restaurants suggested by our staff at Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic to try some local specialities and unique flavours. Parma has one of Italy’s strongest culinary traditions. Start your visit at Piazza Duomo where you will be enchanted by this beautiful and little known square. Just a short distance away, Palazzo del Pilotta is worth a visit with its Galleria Nazionale containing art by Leonardo da Vinci, Correggio and Parmigianino. The Palazzo del Pilotta complex also comprises Teatro Farnese built in 1616 and right from the outset an example of creativity and technical skill worldwide. Its moveable scenery meant that characters could be lowered in from above and an ingenious system enabled the stage to be flooded for scenic purposes.

Having completed our first itinerary we can now look at our second which is a long way from the first but tells of Emilia Romagna’s two wonderful faces.

Once again starting from Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic and making our way southwards, we travel to the Republic of San Marino whose unmistakeable fortress dominates the coast. Founded in 257 AD, according to legend, by stonemason Marino who came from Dalmatia to spread the Christian word, San Marino is still today one of Romagna’s most fascinating places and one of Italy’s most beautiful towns.

The best way to get to the historic centre is taking in the town’s breath-taking views right away from its cable car. Once at the top of the magical spur where San Marino is sited you will catch sight of its three medieval watchtowers which afford spectacular views and a magical atmosphere. After visiting the three towers, make your way to Palazzo Pubblico and Basilica del Santo Martino. The former is San Marino’s government headquarters and in summer you can see its fascinating change of the guard, while the latter is a church named after the town’s founding saint.

There are also a number of curious and attractive museums inside the historic town centre including a Museo della Tortura (Torture Museum), il Museo delle Cere (Waxwork Museum) and Museo delle Creature della Notte – Vampiri e Licantropi (Creatures of the Night Museum - Vampires and Werewolves).

After leaving this attractive medieval town behind, the time has come to take a look at Emilia Romagna’s folklore at the coast which has been called the Riviera par excellence.

There are many seaside towns to visit here – Rimini, Riccione, Cattolica, Misano Adriatico, Milano Marittima and Bellaria - the choice is endless. Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic will recommend the most attractive places on the Romagna Riviera such as Milan Marittima with the Riviera’s most exclusive venues, Rimini for a taste of tradition, a Romagna life experience and a few hours of seaside relaxation or Misano Adriatico which the Marco Simoncelli Misano World Circuit has made one of the stages on the world Grand Prix motorbike championships and one of the most sought after destinations for motorbike enthusiasts.

Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic’s staff is on hand for any information you may need or to organise a made-to-measure tour around Emilia Romagna’s least known, one-of-a-kind and wonderful places.


The city’s most exclusive meeting places is just a few steps away from the centre - Galleria Cavour, luxury shopping centre since 1959, emblem of culture and exclusivity.

With thirty or so shops selling the most exclusive fashion, jewellery, watch, beauty, car and furniture products and services. Designed 50 years ago to restore an area destroyed during World War Two, it soon became one of Europe’s most famous shopping centres and a unique one too, as the only roofed over shopping centre.
In the heart of Bologna, Galleria Cavour is an authentic artistic treasure trove, surrounded as it is with the historic townhouses which the town centre is made up of and encompassed by the shopping centre’s marble pavements and historic frescoes. It is one of the world’s most prestigious luxury and exclusive shopping destinations.

Già Baglioni Grand Hotel Majestic’s staff will help you choose the best destination for you in accordance with your personal style and tastes. It will be a pleasure to take you on a luxury walk around the Galleria Cavour shopping centre for a unique art, culture and fashion experience.

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