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Car Park in Bologna

Where to park at Bolonia
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The city of Bologna is famous all over the world for its rich culinary tradition and for its history, its palaces, Piazza Maggiore, the Towers and numerous basilicas. Book your parking with Parkimeter and enjoy the beauties of this city.

The city of Bologna is known worldwide for its rich culinary tradition and its history, its palaces, its main square, its towers and its numerous basilicas. Book your parking space with Parkimeter and enjoy the wonders of this city.

Parking in Bologna

Parking in Bologna, as in all big cities, can seem a difficult task, but thanks to Parkimeter, you will find answers to your questions and solutions to your parking problems. If you book a hotel, you should find out if it is one of the hotels with parking in Bologna and what would be the price of parking in Bologna, so you can make the best decision. The daily rates in most of the public car parks in Bologna have decreasing prices, i.e. the daily price decreases as the number of days booked increases, which is not usually the case in hotels. If you do not book a daily parking space, remember that you may be charged by the minute, which is much more expensive.

Long-term parking Bologna

If you are staying in Bologna for several weeks, you will probably prefer to find long-term parking, commonly known as low-cost parking or park and ride. It is advisable to use this option if you decide not to use your car so often, as you will spend the difference on public transport if it is not nearby. For this reason, we recommend the Santa Orsola car park or the Sfinge car park.


To avoid bad surprises, before going to the capital of Emilia Romagna, it is good to know all the information about the limited traffic zone of the city. First of all, it is useful to know where the access gates to the ZTL are located. The main gates are located in Via Vitale, Via Santo Stefano, Via Marconi, Via Alessandrini, Via San Felice, Via Riva di Reno, Via Sant'Isaia, Via D'Azeglio and Viale XII Giugno. The ztl in the centre of Bologna is active every day from 7.00 am to 8.00 pm. Within this zone circulation is prohibited for all motor vehicles, except for residents or those who have a business within the zone in question. This restriction does not apply to hybrid or electric vehicles, which can drive freely and park for free within the blue lines on the side of the carriageway.

Disabled people who do not live in the municipality of Bologna can access the ztl by giving the registration number of their vehicle in advance, accompanied by a valid identity document. In this case, the vehicle can circulate within the Ztl for the period agreed in advance.

Since the entire historic centre of Bologna has a ZTL, it is advisable to make a reservation with Parkimeter, so that you can reach the selected car park without having to pay any fines, as the car park staff will register your number plate.

What to visit?

Bologna is full of attractions, we suggest you start your visit with Piazza Maggiore (or Piazza Grande as the Bolognese call it) is the centre of Bolognese life. It is famous for the Neptune Fountain, overlooked by the city's most important buildings: the Palazzo Comunale, the Palazzo dei Banchi, the Basilica of San Petronio and the Palazzo del Podestà. If you are a student, we advise you to respect an ancient custom: never cross the square passing through the centre, but walk along it, otherwise you can say goodbye to your degree. To get to this area, we recommend that you park in the Bolonia Garage, which is only a 10-minute walk from the square.

Another place we encourage you to visit is the Basilica of San Petronio, the most important and imposing church in Bologna, as well as being the fifth largest in the world. It is the last great Gothic work in Italy, with a Latin cross plan and three naves with chapels.

Finally, we highly recommend a visit to the Asinelli Tower. Bologna's towers are one of the city's distinctive features. Of the numerous towers that were built between the 12th and 13th centuries, less than twenty remain today. These structures had both a military and an aristocratic function: they gave prestige to the family that ordered their construction. After climbing the 498 steps of the internal staircase, visitors can reach the top of the Asinelli Tower which, at a height of 97.20 metres, allows them to see the city at their feet. To get there, we recommend parking in the quick polyclinic park, located just over 10 minutes' walk from the Asinelli Tower, which is reached after a pleasant stroll along the main street.

The trattorias of Bologna

Bologna is world famous not only for its history, but also for having one of the oldest culinary cultures in Italy. We advise you to try all the typical dishes, especially the trattorias and small restaurants, where you can taste the real Bolognese cuisine. Tagliatelle, lasagne, tortelloni and, of course, the ever-present tortellini. In short, Bologna is the birthplace of pasta, but also of pasta sauces, and the famous ragù alla Bolognese was born here.

Limited traffic zone

ZTL Bologna

The city of Bologna has environmental restrictions on vehicle traffic via Low Emission Zones (ZTL, in Italian). We advise you to check the sticker on your vehicle and make sure you are allowed to drive in these zones. Please note that a reservation is not an authorization.

In Bologna, the car parks are authorized to manage the ZTL access permit. When you arrive at the car park, you will have to pay a fee that allows the car park staff to register your vehicle's number plate on the list of those authorized to enter the ZTL.

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The ZTL access permit does not allow access to the entrances reserved for public transport or emergency vehicles (reserved lanes) or to the pedestrian zones.

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