From Bologna to the Opera Festival

Magic and enchantment a few hours from Bologna


Bologna, famous for its porticos and towers, is definitely a city not to be missed in Italy. If you’re in this town, you’re sure to be enchanted by Piazza Maggiore, dominated by sculptor Giambologna’s fountain of Neptune, and the impressive basilica of Saint Petronius


The symbols of the city are definitely the so-called, two towers, located in Piazza di Porta Ravegnana: the Asinelli Tower, the more famous of the two, and the Garisenda tower, which, due to the ground having subsided, nowadays seems to be "leaning". Bologna’s two towers were even mentioned by the great Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy

Other gems of this city are the hidden canals and small streams, almost unknown to many people, such as for example the Moline canal, which can be admired from a small window in Via Piella

Lastly, if you’re an art lover, visit Bologna’s National Gallery, which hosts Italian art collections featuring world-famous masters such as Raffaello, Perugino, Tintoretto and others.


If you want to extend your trip, visiting another city that is equally beautiful and has a rich artistic and cultural heritage, visit the city of Verona.

There are numerous places to explore, such as the Achille Forti modern art gallery, the very unusual Lamberti Tower.

We just have to mention Piazza Bra, the location of the extremely famous Roman amphitheatre, where the Opera Festival is held every year.                                                                                                                                                                                    

Consult the program and see the prices: treat yourself to an evening in the city of Cangrande della Scala and come to the Arena to experience opera under the stars!

by car

Are you travelling by car? Verona is not very far from Bologna: just around 150 km. We suggest you travel on the A14/E45 motorway following indications for Milan, then continue on the A22/E45, following signs for Brennero - Verona – Campogalliano and, lastly, take the Verona Nord turnoff. Your journey will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Check the map to see your route in detail.



In Verona it is possible to park in zones adjacent to the old town centre. Consult this page.


by train

If you decide to reach Verona by train, you’ll have a journey of just approximately an hour and a half, with the possibility of choosing between Regional, Fast Regional and Frecce (Arrow) trains, without changing and at advantageous prices.

Once you arrive at Verona Porta Nuova station, you can use the ATV town transport, which will take you to Piazza Bra in just a few minutes!

If, after a night at the opera, you want to stay overnight in the city of Romeo and Juliet, visit this page and consider the offers and promotions most suited to your needs.

by bus


Do you prefer not to drive and would rather travel by bus? We wish to inform you that there are long-distance coaches that can take you right to Verona Porta Nuova railway station.

Lastly, we suggest you extend your stay in Verona and stop off at one of the hotels on this Web site:, top offers are awaiting you!

travel table

Means of transport Travel time Distance (km) Departure Arrival

Regional and fast regional trains

1 hr. 22 min. -
1 hr. 39 min. 


Bologna Central railway station

Verona Porta Nuova

Fast trains
(Frecciargento, Eurocity)

52-55 min. 


 Bologna Central railway station

 Verona Porta Nuova


1 hr. 45 min. approx.

 150km approx.




1 hr. 20 min. approx.


Bus station (Bologna)

 Verona Porta Nuova
railway station