Bologna Centrale is located at the intersection of Italy’s most important routes that connect the whole country, acting as the Peninsula’s main traffic junction and as a crucial high-speed railway hub, thanks to the new AV (high-speed) underground station opened in 2013. With a 58 million passenger flow every day, it is among the most transited stations in Italy. Situated a short walk/ride from the city’s major historical landmarks, Bologna Centrale offers excellent connections with the rest of the city, thanks to the widespread public transport service.
Thanks to its great commercial offer and wide range of services, Bologna Centrale caters to the needs of business and long-distance travelers, as well as to those of the large flows of students and commuters it welcomes every day.
Opened in 1876, the station’s central body – designed by architect Ratti from the Clementina Architecture Academy – features a regular volumetric plan, with stylistic influences from 15th century Florentine architecture. Between 1926 and 1934, a series of enlargements, like the construction of the west and right wings and the post-war modifications, altered its plan and shape. The station underwent severe damage in the famous terrorist attack of August 2 1980, which cost several victims. A breach in the wall of the waiting hall stays there in memory of the tragic event.
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Bologna Centrale’s shopping gallery, open all week long from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., welcomes its visitors every day with its wide offer of shops, restaurants and services.