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Bologna by camper van

Posted on 20 April 2021 From Bologna Welcome

Bologna is famous for its medieval centre, made of towers, palaces, alleys and arcades. Exploring it on foot is certainly the most pleasant way to enjoy its artistic and culinary wonders.

However, Bologna is a perfect destination even for those traveling by camper, thanks to a vast range of solutions: not far from the oldtown, indeed, the city offers manifold parking lots and equipped areas for all road travelers. 

In via Romita 12/4a, close to the Fair district, you will find the Centro Turistico Città di Bologna, a camping area surrounded by beautiful green spots and equipped with toilets, coffee shops and restaurants for a well-deserved break. Centro Turistico Città di Bologna offers a free playground for children, an internet point and, during the summer, a swimming pool with a solarium. From here you can reach the historic center of Bologna in about thirty minutes by bus. It also is very advantageous for anyone wishing to take part in a fair or who doesn’t want to miss the opportunity to visit FICO Eataly World, the largest agri-food park in the world.

In via della Beverara 157, moreover, there is Camperopoli, an area equipped for short and long stays. In front of the entrance, you find the public transport stop, where you can catch a bus that in fifteen minutes takes you to the Central Station of Bologna, the hub for getting around the city. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore the surrounding area: the Museum of Industrial Heritage is worth a visit, and if you have your bike with you, just cycle along the Navile canal, one of Bologna's ancient waterways. If you head northwards, you will get out of the city through the ancient hydraulic structures of  Bologna's waterways.

For those looking for an equipped area, the Area Camper Ropa Center  in Via Giuseppe Vaccaro 11 will surely be to their liking. This is an area with automated access 24 hours a day and 50 pitches with electrical connection, some with sink and independent water supply. In addition, during the summer, a swimming pool with solarium and a cocktail bar are available. At 200 meters there is a bus stop from which you can reach the city center in half an hour, while at 500 meters you’ll find a practical shopping center. If you’re not only fond of campers, but also of motorcycles, nearby you will find the Ducati Museum, a must-see for any motor enthusiast. 

In addition to the equipped areas, however, Bologna also offers numerous parking lots for campers, even closer to the city center.

Among these there is Park Saffi, located in Via Aurelio Saffi 81. It is an automated parking lot for cars and campers, illuminated and video monitored 24 hours on 24, although it is unguarded. In front of the entrance, it is possible to catch various buses for the city center, which is also reachable on foot in about ten minutes. Park Saffi is located near the Maggiore Hospital of Bologna and the Mast Foundation, an international cultural and philanthropic institution that hosts several art exhibitions.

Another place for parking your camper is the Parking Santuario Madonna San Luca (via San Luca 20). This is a parking area located at the top of Monte della Guardia, right in front of the Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca, from which you can enjoy an enchanting view of the city. The parking lot is not guarded, and neither is it under video surveillance. To get to the city center from there, it is recommended to walk down the hill and then catch one of the frequent buses running along via Saragozza.

Lastly, in viale dei Sabbioni 1, you’ll find the Parking Giardini Margherita. Located inside the largest public park in the city, called Giardini Margherita, this parking lot is at twenty minutes walk from the central Maggiore Square. Due to the campers’ large sizes, it is suggested to use the entrance at the intersection between Via Castiglione and Via dei Sabbioni.

To report other camper stops and parking areas, email us at info@bolognawelcome.it.

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