Getting around Bologna is great on foot. The narrow passageways, cobblestone streets, and fun labrinyth create the feeling of a fairy tale one gets to walk through. But at the same time, this means it can be easy to get lost! Luckily there are several options for getting around other than your feet, especially if you find that your head is buried in a map rather than taking in the great beauty of the city.

The public bus system is easy and efficient. The ATC system runs from 6:30 to 11:00pm. Tickets are available at the train stations, newspaper kiosks, and most bars. Ask about the "city pass" if you plan on using the bus often as it will help you maximize your money. A convenient place to get bus information is at the ATC office which is on th Via Rizzoli, just a little to the left of the opening where the Fountain of Neptune stands. You can get a 'City Pass' there, as of mid 2012 it cost 11 Euros and gives you 10 journeys of 70 minutes each. You 'validate' it by putting in a machine on the bus. Many bus lines run way beyond 11:00pm, some operate through the night.

'Taxis and car rentals (such as Avis and Hertz) are also options. But keep in mind that taxis are slightly expensive in Bologna and for car rentals for non EU license holders, an international driving license is required.

As this is a university city, you will see many people on bikes. Biking is a great way to see Bologna and the city is filled with paths. To get in the real Italian spirit, you may also want to consider renting a motobike. The university website offers addresses for regular bike and moped rental shops and gives links to bike paths.

If you decide to stick to the walking route, you can consider a tour to keep from getting lost; contact La Chiocciola.

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