Bologna Inside - Second Edition

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GETTING YOUR BEARINGS

The city's central Ufficio per le Relazioni con il Pubblico (Office of Public Relations), commonly referred to as the URP, is located in Bologna's main piazza. Make this your first stop for answers to questions about bureaucratic procedures. If the helpful staff can't answer your questions, they will refer you to someone who can. Even after you've settled in, make it a habit to stop by the URP regularly to get information about what's happening around the city. Many concerts, lectures, guided tours, sports activities, theater, dance and literary events are publicized through the URP.

URP Comune di Bologna

Piazza Maggiore, 6 Tel. 051.2193040
www.comune.bologna.it/cittadini/urp
Open Monday-Saturday 8:30-19; Sunday 8:30-14

The Province of Bologna and the Region of Emilia Romagna also have useful information offices and websites.

URP Provincia di Bologna

Via Benedetto XIV, 3
Tel. 051.6598218
Numero verde 800.239754
www.provincia.bologna.it
Open Monday-Friday 9-13; Thursday 15-17

Note: numeri verdi (green numbers) are always toll free.

URP Regione Emilia Romagna

Via Aldo Moro, 52
Numero verde 800.662200
www.regione.emilia-romagna.it/urp
Open weekdays 9-13

If you are first familiarizing yourself with the city online, you can find most information about city services, transportation, cultural highlights, etc., on the city's website, www.comune.bologna.it. This site is in Italian, but some of the same information is available in English on the Bologna tourist office site at www.bolognaturismo.info and on www.hellobologna.bolognafiere.it. The Bologna tourist office is another helpful first stop upon arriving in the city. Branches are located in Piazza Maggiore (under the arcades across from San Petronio), at the train station and at the airport. Here you can find information on restaurants, hotels and other lodging, as well as information on current entertainment, museum listings and other local events of interest.