Though Bologna has plenty to offer tourists, it's considered more of a business magnet than a vacation destinationand this orientation is reflected in the city's hotels, which can be rather anonymous (though recent years have seen the opening of one or two charming boutique options in the centro storico). Leisure visitors should steer clear of the big trade fairs (check the calendar at www.bolognafiere.it), when accommodation is scarce and room rates at a premium. The rest of the yearespecially on weekendsrooms can often be found at substantial discounts. Bologna's city center is closed to cars without permits. If you're staying in the Old Town, ask for driving directions to your hotel (some streets are no-go even for residents) and the location (and daily price) of parking facilities. Permits can be purchased through the hotel, but some properties give them to guests for free. Better still, leave the car behind and arrive by train.