Bologna and Florence are two of the oldest and most historic and cultural cities in Italy. Found in the Emilia Romagna and Tuscany regions respectively, they are both home to amazing examples of art and architecture and both also have long and fascinating pasts that are tied up with some of the country’s pivotal moments.

If you’re trying to decide which of these outstanding cities to visit on your next trip to Italy, you’ve likely been faced with a very tricky decision. Both locations are pretty equally matched in their historic, cultural and architectural offering, with unique features in each that will appeal to all kinds of travellers.

To help you make your decision, here’s our guide to choosing whether you should visit Bologna or Florence. 

Square in Bologna