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        About Bologna

        Bologna is a beautiful city in northern Italy between the Reno and Savena rivers on the edge of Tuscany, nestled in the Apennine Mountains. It is the seventh most populous city in the world, is home to the oldest university in the world, and is famous for extremely delicious food and interesting history. Bologna is easily accessible by plane, train or car and offers a wide range of activities in the city itself. With its prime location, it can also serve as a base for exploring Italy. Both Venice and Verona are only a 2-hour drive away, as is Tuscany, the heart of Italy. Bologna is a city that comes to the fore especially at night, so be sure to plan an evening stroll through the beautiful streets and observe the play of shadows offered by popular porticoes. Like many Italian cities, Bologna has a nickname, actually three of them: "La Dotta, La Grassa, la Rossa", referring to the three main Bolognese first impressions. Translated, it means "the learned" because Bologna is home to the oldest university in Europe, "the fat" because of the cuisine, and "the red" because of the political orientation and a large number of red roofs and marble buildings in the city.

        Basic info and car hire in Bologna

        • Location: Northern Italy
        • Population: 395.000
        • Official language: Italian
        • Currency: Euro
        • Weather: Transitional Mediterranean Climate
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions:  Most roads in Bologna are in good condition.
        • Car hire in Bologna:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Bologna is at the Railway Station or Bologna Airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Bologna!

         Driving in Bologna

        If you have decided to rent a car in Bologna, or if you are there just for sightseeing, you should know that driving in the city centre is not easy and that you must be careful not to drive in prohibited areas. Note that a large part of the old town is part of the ZTL, the traffic calm zone and that the entrances to the ZTL are monitored by cameras. Traffic can be pretty heavy in many parts of the city, and the closer you get to the centre, the more cyclists, pedestrians, scooters and other motorcycles appear, which can make it difficult for you to drive
        If you are planning a road trip through Italy, Bologna is a must-see. There is so much to do and see in the city, and if you like to drive scenic country roads and have enough time, you should not miss the Bolognese Apennines. A road trip through this area offers so many opportunities to discover hidden little towns among the hills and valleys. Each of them has only a small number of inhabitants and reflects the local history and culture.

        • Age limits: 21 years old-25 for larger vehicles
        • International Driving Permit:  Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
        • Additional papers:   Identification(passport), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance.   
        • Additional requirements: Glasses (in case you need glasses, you must always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Italy and one if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not mandatory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
        • Children in the car: Children up to the age of 12 may only be taken in the back seat, and a suitable child seat must be available up to a height of 1.50 meters.
        • Driving side of the road: Right hand
        • Lights:  Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
        • General speed limits: The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although, in certain areas, the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h. Main highways are limited to 130 km/h, non-major highways to 110 km/h, and local roads to 90 km/h.

        Car Hire in Bologna

        Most popular car hire at Bologna

        The most selected hire car in Bologna is the Fiat Panda, Renault Clio or Opel Corsa,  Ford Focus is also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Bologna are mini and economy. 

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Bologna

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Bologna. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Italy.

        • Bologna-Pisa 2 hr 8 min (176 km)
        • Bologna-Rome 4 hr 9 min (375 km)
        • Bologna-Milan 2 hr 31 min (213 km) 
        • Bologna-Naples 5 hr 46 min (575 km)

        Popular day trips from Bologna

        Thanks to Bologna's convenient location, there are many day trips to nearby cities and towns. If you decided to stay in Bologna during your holidays, the car will be a great help to discover many of the nearby attractions.

        The first one is certainly Milan, the world metropolis for fashion and design, which is only 2 hours away by car. It is not considered the most beautiful city, but it has so much to offer. From art and culture, including the majestic Dumo, to great restaurants with gastronomic tradition and of course, you should not miss the oldest shopping mall in the world, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. If you want to shop, this is the perfect place to do it; the shopping experience here is breathtaking.


        And if you have never been to Venice or Florence, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Both are among the most beautiful and inspiring cities in Italy and are only an hour and a half drive from Bologna. Venice will enchant you with its magnificent views, stunning canals and countless bridges to cross. Florence will certainly not leave you indifferent with its rich history, which includes the most famous works of the Italian Renaissance and where you can admire paintings by greats such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

        For foodies, Parma, home of the world-famous Parmesan cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham is a must-see. It is a picturesque, colourful city with a lively atmosphere, many shops and good restaurants that invite you to try traditional dishes.

        Vicencio is a small town surrounded by hills and countryside, known for its natural beauty and especially for the architectural masterpieces of the Renaissance genius Palladio. The best way to explore the city is on foot, as the city centre is very compact and very pleasant to walk around. The streets are paved with cobblestones and surrounded by beautiful buildings, and there are several outdoor cafes here and there. If you have a car, you can also drive to the surrounding areas to visit some of the villas. There are also many shops where visitors can rent bicycles for trips within the city.

        What to see in Bologna

        The towers of Bologna - Asinelli and Garisenda

        The towers of Bologna are undoubtedly the symbol of the city. The two towers dominate the city centre from above and are an architectural heritage that still characterizes the cityscape today. Seeing them is one of the daily joys of Bologna's inhabitants, who love and respect the two patron saints. A stop at Piazza di Porta Ravegnana is a must to see these wonders in all their glory.

        The Church of San Petronio

        As you cross Piazza Maggiore, you will be impressed by the Church of San Petronio. Its façade is a triumph of contrast between light and darkness. At night, the marble seems to glow with its light and the bricks above it merge with the starry sky. After visiting the inside of the church, you will want to take to the skies and climb up to the terrace. The entrance is located in Piazza Galvani. Once at the top, you will have an impressive panorama over the red roofs of Bologna.

        Le Sette Chiese and Piazza Santo Stefano

        Piazza Santo Stefano is one of the most fascinating squares in Italy. The complex of Seven Churches that dominates the square is undoubtedly a masterpiece of religious architecture. The Basilica of Santo Stefano is made up of seven churches that have been rebuilt and expanded over the centuries. In this way, the complex of seven churches represents the evolution that the city has undergone from its beginnings to the present day.

        The Quadrilatero district

        El Quadrilatero is probably the most picturesque district. The district was once dedicated to trading and consists of old medieval craft streets. Today this tradition is still present and if you visit the Quadrilatero you will see: Luxury shopping and "Botteghe", gastronomy with typical products and restaurants.

        Piazza maggiore

        Piazza Maggiore is the heart of Bologna and one of the oldest squares in Italy. This is where the life of the Bolognese people meets and where the great events that animate the city take place. If you want to experience the city, take at least fifteen minutes to sit on the "crescent moon" that lines the square to see what's going on around you and to admire the magnificent buildings that line the city and surround the main square.

        Bologna

        Bologna downtown

        Where to eat and drink in Bologna

        Bologna is the food capital of Italy, and you are probably not the only one who knew the food in Bologna before you even knew where Bologna was. The city's nickname is "La Grassa", which means the fat one. When it comes to what to eat and drink in Bologna, you certainly will not miss the appetizer plate that is offered in every restaurant, Tratorria in translation. The plate contains all the traditional cheeses and hams such as Mortadela, Prosciutto, Parmigiano, Formaggio di Fossa...and is served with bread. You should try the authentic Italian version of Lasagna Bolognese or Spaghetti Bolognese. There are also more than 10 different types of pasta that can be served with different sauces or ragus made from local ingredients like truffles, tomatoes, spinach, etc. If you love wine, you will have many opportunities to try it. This region produces about 60% of Italy's red wine. Eat like a local and enjoy a bottle of Sangiovese with tagliatelle ragu. Like any other Italian city, you absolutely must try a pizza, at least the take-out version. If you have enough room in your belly, do not forget the gelato and the Pesca all'alchermes.

        Best restaurant in Bologna

        Trattoria Da Me - dal 1937
        Trattoria Bertozzi
        Osteria dell'Orsa
        Osteria al 15
        Trattoria la Montanara

        FAQ

        What you need to know about renting a car

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        How to make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

        You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you have to choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick out the vehicle you want from the list provided. After filling out the personal information form there is a step where you choose the payment method and you simply fill in your credit card information. In the end, you can print out your voucher, which is needed at the time of pick-up.

        What are the charges for security deposits?

        Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

        What if I would like to change my booking?

        If you need to change your booking you have made through Orbit Car Hire please contact our customer support team at customerservice@orbitcarhire.com or by phone at +354 823 0165. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Terms of Use. 

        How do I cancel my booking?

        You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

        When do I pay for the rental car?

        You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

        What is included in the price?

        Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

        Are there any hidden fees?

        There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:

        • Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
        • One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
        • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
        • Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
        • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

        We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

        What is a voucher and why do I need it?

        A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price for your booking, and the payment of your booking. It is mandatory to have your voucher with you at the time of pick up. If you do not have the voucher with you at the time of pick up, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or can change the price of the rental.

        What is an airport or premium location fee?

        Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

        What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?

        Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.

        How do I find cheap car hire?

        Prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Alicante!

        How many countries do you compare to?

        We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, Germany. 

        What currency should I use to pay for the car?

        You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire you will pay the remaining balance in the currency that is in the country of pick up. 

        Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

        You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

        What is the cheapest car to rent?

        The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

        Can I add an additional driver to my booking?

        You can always add an additional driver to your booking when you are finding your deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add an additional driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

        What payment methods are accepted

        You can pay with a debit card and credit card when making a booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

        Can I drop off my car at a different location?

        Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage you can press "Yes" to "Different drop off location" and you will see all the best deals for one-way car hire. 

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