Campervan hire Bologna
From the world’s oldest university, through many kilometres of porticoes, to many more kilos of pasta and local delicacies, Italy’s most low-profile city is an overwhelmingly fun surprise start for your campervan road trip.
If you’ve been a student your diet will have most likely, at some point, consisted solely of pasta. If you’re starting out as a student, prepare to stock up on the chewy (if cooked perfectly al dente, that is) staple that comes in the form of strings, cushions, and bow ties. After all, students and pasta go together like campervans and open roads. Especially if you’re studying at the world’s oldest university. Because Bologna serves its students some of the tastiest pastas Italy has to offer: tagliatelle al ragù, tortellini, and lasagne alla Bolognese. Students used to a more extravagantly-filled dinner table get by in Bologna, too, the Emilia-Romagna region being renowned for its quality products: truffles and wild mushrooms, mortadella and a whole range of salumi, and let’s not forget parmigiano-reggiano! The Bolognesi knack for excellence isn’t limited to food, either, because the region’s capital is the historical heart of Italian supercars! But since a Maserati is no home on wheels, and you wouldn’t get much sleep in a Lamborghini, hire a campervan in Bologna to explore one of Italy’s most stunning medieval cities––and its most comforting cuisine!
Depot + Transfer
If you are looking for a motorhome or campervan hire in Bologna, we’re right there for you. We’ll meet you at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport and take you to our depot in Casalecchio di Reno (15 minutes from the airport and 20 from the city centre), where you can pick up and drop off your Indie RV – all free of charge in regular hours, of course!
Parking in the city
The best way to cover the city centre is by foot. That said, Bologna has several parking options for your rental motorhome. Leave your campervan on the city’s outskirts and use public transportation. If you want to park the van near the centre, keep in mind that it will be paid and that there’s a ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone) that forbids you to drive there between 7am and 8pm.
Camping grounds nearby
One of the best things about a campervan hire in Bologna is that you have a camping site only 20 minutes away from the city centre. It’s called Centro Turistico Città di Bologna and it has everything you might need during your stay on wheels.
What began as a tiny settlement in 1,000 BC, Bologna became a proper city when the Etruscans moved in and called it Felsina. The city was then occupied by a Gallic tribe, but the Romans wouldn’t have any Gallic living near their borders––and so, in 196 BC, took it as theirs, calling it Bononia. After the decline of the Romans, the city then had a whole bunch of conquerors, and even got smashed during both world wars (especially during bombings in WWII). Luckily, Bologna got patched up again and has retained its medieval grandeur!
For road trippers with a passion for Italian cuisine, Bologna is one big treat. While the southern cities are all about dry pasta and San Marzano tomatoes, North Italy’s food capital is famous for freshly-made egg noodles, some stuffed like tortellini and ravioli, others carriers of silky-smooth meat sauces, like tagliatelle and lasagne.
But the city of ragú isn’t just about its trattorias and osterias; it’s a medieval wonder too! Start your exploration in Piazza Maggiore and then head over Basilica di San Petronio. Visit the mighty Two Towers (unrelated to the Lord of the Rings, but still amazing), followed by a coffee stop in Piazza Santo Stefano. And, between all these historical sites, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Ducati and Lamborghini Museums for a quick overview of the legendary machines the two brands produced. After all this, there’s a need for speed: hire your campervan in Bologna, buckle up and 3, 2, 1… Go explore the city!
What to discover
In and around the city
Towers of Bologna
There were more than 100 towers in Bologna during the Middle Ages. Only 22 still stand today, like the Two Towers: Asinelli and Garisend towers – the landmark of the city. It’s definitely a must go, since it will take your Bologna experience to new heights!
Ducati & Lamborghini Museums
This is a 2-in-1 advice. Two different museums that deserve your (better slow than fast) visit (but drive your campervan with ease, you pro driver!). Here you’ll learn more about both brands, their evolution, the vehicles since the start until now, their competitions and, of course, all their victories and achievements.
Sanctuary Madonna di San Luca
This Bologna’s basilica church is located on the top of a forested hill, 300 meters above the city. Built in 1799, this church may seem incredible for its architecture (and it is), but the most impressive thing about it is that you won’t need your van to get there. Reach it on foot from the city centre under a 3.8km-long portico that covers you from the rain or sun – Portico di San Luca.
Less than an hour’s drive from Bologna, you’ll find this ancient town. Known for the manufacture of famous Italian sports cars, like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, a campervan hire in Modena is probably not the most attractive idea for your road trip.
However, this place also has a lot of history with roots dating from the Iron Age. Rent your motorhome in Bologna and pay it a visit!
If you pass right by Modena and continue to drive one more hour forward, you’ll make it with your campervan hire to Parma.
We could tell you all about the history and architecture of this beautiful typical city, but let’s talk about the elephant in the room: don’t miss its world-famous prosciutto and cheese!
Did you go straight to Parma and forgot about Reggio Emilia? That’s a no-no. Out of most’ tourist radars, this town was the first one to adopt the tri-coloured Italian Flag! Alternatively to a campervan hire in Reggio Emilia, head there on your road trip from Bologna!
This city is famous for its Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and breathtaking buildings that will make you travel back in time (no RV needed).