BOLOGNA: GENERAL INFORMATION
The following rates give you an idea of the currency conversion between the euro and major currencies. Please check online before traveling for the latest rates.
All major credit cards are accepted at our selected hotels and at most retail outlets in the city.
1.00 EURO = 1.10 USD
= 0.71 GBP
Bologna operates on Central European Time (CET), which is GMT + 1.
Daytime temperatures for mid-September should average 28 C/82 F, falling to 16 C/60 F at night. The event days are set to be fine: dry and sunny with little to no rainfall predicted.
Italian electricity is supplied at 220 volts. For electronics such as laptops, battery chargers, other small gadgets, and even hair dryers and curling tongs (curling irons) from the U.K., Europe, Australia, and most of Asia and Africa using between 220–240 volts, there will be no problem using the local electricity. You will simply need an inexpensive plug adapter with a 2- or 3-pin round prong to interface with the socket. These are available online, if you wish to purchase before you travel, or at airport shops or many supermarkets. You also may be able to inquire with your hotel’s reception service about borrowing one from the hotel.
However, travelers from the U.S., Canada and most South American countries, which operate at much lower voltages, will need a converter. (Ensure its power rating meets or exceeds the power rating of the single device you will use with it. This information is usually found on the body of the device near the power cord).
You can find pictures of the correct plug and socket here:
BOLOGNA: CITY INFORMATION
Bologna, one of Europe’s oldest cities, is known for its history, culture and celebration of learning, all of which combine to create a magnificent backdrop for this year’s GTNF event.
Italians have three affectionate nicknames for Bologna: “La Dotta” (The Learned), “La Grassa” (The Fat) and “La Rossa” (The Red). Together, these reflect Bologna’s special dedication to learning, culture and cuisine, and provide a guide to the city if you have a few days to spare before or after the GTNF event.
This is also an excellent article about Bologna’s historic and gastronomic treasures by Rachel Dorrell in the August issue of Tobacco Reporter: www.tobaccoreporter.com/theperfectsetting.pdf
Bologna: What to see
The historic center of Bologna, once a walled city, offers a delightful maze of narrow cobbled streets, arcades and shops, churches, and Renaissance palaces. At the heart of the city is its most magnificent square, Piazza Maggiore, surrounded by the city’s finest architecture. Via Indipendenza, one of Bologna’s main streets and the location of Palazzo Re Enzo, the GTNF venue, intersects Piazza Maggiore.
The Anatomical Theatre, dating from 1637, in The Archiginnasio (Piazza Galvani 1), was once the University’s main building and is now the city’s main public library.
The Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna gallery at Via Belle Arti 56 displays paintings by Tintoretto, Titian, Giotto and others. Its modern complement is MAMbo at Via Don Minzoni.
Via Farini is Bologna’s Bond Street or Fifth Avenue, with all the big fashion names represented, especially in the elegant Galleria Cavour.
If you are feeling energetic, climb the steps of the Torre degli Asinelli, one of the famous Due Torri, or two towers, the iconic landmark of Bologna. Your effort will be rewarded with exquisite, panoramic views of the city and its green encircling hills.
Enjoy the sunshine in Bologna’s beautiful Giardini Margherita, with its tree-lined avenues and old-fashioned flower beds, a park to see and be seen in since 1879.
Bologna’s medieval Mercato di Mezzo, just off Piazza Maggiore, does full justice to the “La Grassa” or “foodie” aspect of the city’s character. Hunt for Bologna’s specialities, like mortadella (made from specially prepared and preserved pork) or products from nearby cities, such as Parma ham and Parmesan cheese, or balsamic vinegar from nearby Modena. And make sure you try the genuine tagliatelle Bolognese (“spaghetti” is not traditionally served with ragu alla Bolognese) in one of many delightful trattorias—smaller, more informal restaurants serving authentic Bolognese dishes.