With its historic porticoed walkways, medieval buildings and winding streets, the lively Italian town of Bologna is a fascinating city to explore.
A favourite destination of hotel guests in Bologna is the Piazza Maggiore in the historical centre. The square is dominated by the Gothic Basilica di San Petronio, one of the largest churches in the world. For art lovers staying at Marriott's hotel in Bologna, visit the Pinacoteca Nazionale, with paintings by artists such as Raphael and Carracci.
The top of the medieval Torre degli Asinelli (Asinelli Tower) offers a stunning panorama of Bologna's red-tiled roofs, though with 498 steps to climb up, it's not for the faint-hearted. And for Bologna hotel patrons feeling like some exercise, why not take a 3km stroll under a shaded portico to the hilltop Santuario della Madonna di San Luca for views of the distant Apennine hills.
Few Italian cities boast such a long and prestigious culinary history as Bologna, so make sure you sample some of the city's specialities before checking out of your hotel. Bologna's most famous dish is tagliatelle al ragù (fresh egg pasta topped with rich Bolognese sauce), a dish that the city has successfully exported to the rest of the world.