Welcome! My name is Silvia Donati, I’m a licensed tour guide with specialization in hiking and the environment. I’m also a freelance journalist, writing for English-language publications about Italian travel, food and culture, including Italy Magazine, where I work as a contributing editor.

Silvia Donati is a hiking guide in Bologna and Emilia-Romagna
Hi, I’m Silvia – this is where you’ll often find me: on top of mountains! (Here I’m standing on the peak of Corno alle Scale, the highest mountain in the Bologna Apennines.)

Bologna Uncovered started as a blog about my native Bologna and surrounding region of Emilia-Romagna. Despite being often overlooked in favor of more popular Italian destinations, this area offers a lot in terms of sightseeing, art, history, cuisine, natural landscapes, and fun times.

As I added more articles to the blog, readers started asking me if I offered tours in the area. At the same time, I developed a passion for hiking and mountains. Thus, I decided to obtain my license to work professionally as a guide.

I believe that active travel is the best way to travel. Only the slow pace of walking allows you to fully experience a place – to see, hear, smell, touch, and feel; to slow down, talk to the locals, explore hidden corners; and to be light on the earth.

Besides, walking in nature brings with it a sense of adventure – and what is life, what is travel without a bit of adventure?!

My tours don’t take place in city centers; they take place in the hills, in the countryside, and in the mountains. They’re often in places little visited by tourists. They include information about the history, nature, traditions and cuisine of the area we’re exploring.

Tours can be customized to your interests and abilities. I can also create bespoke tours for your group (friends or family traveling together, or business travelers). If you’re interested in doing a hike that you don’t see on my website, please feel free to contact me to discuss the possibilities.

Find my tours in the TOURS section of this website.

*New as of 2022! I now offer online travel consulting sessions for anyone who needs help planning a trip to Bologna and surroundings. Please check my Travel Consulting page.

To get in touch, please write me at: bolognauncovered@gmail.com.

Join my mailing list!

Sign up for my newsletter (usually sent once a month) to receive information about my tours, exclusive discounts and travel tips for Bologna and Emilia-Romagna. Enter your email address below.

Success! You're on the list.

By clicking submit, you agree to share your email address with the site owner and Mailchimp to receive email updates from the site owner. Use the unsubscribe link in those emails to opt out at any time.

Follow me on my social media channels:

See you in Bologna!


-About Bologna & Emilia-Romagna
Bologna is the regional capital of Emilia-Romagna, in north-central Italy. The area is rich with history, art, excellent food and travel opportunities. This is the land where the fascinating Etruscan civilization once prospered, and was then chased away by the Barbarians and the Romans, who both left their imprint on the territory; it is the proud homeland of tortellini and tagliatelle, Parmigiano Reggiano and mortadella, Lambrusco and Pignoletto; a varied region dotted with medieval towns and castles, and significant works of art, but also beautiful natural landscapes of valleys and mountains, sea and rivers; an area that has long been a crossroads of people and cultures thanks to the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world, founded in 1088.

Check the BLOG section to learn more about the region. Use the search function, categories, or the tags search (located in the sidebar and footer area) to find articles related to topics you’re interested in.

9 thoughts on “About”

  1. Wow… Da umile aspirante ad avere un blog su Bologna, i Paesi di provincia (da dove vengo) e possibilmente qualcosa del resto d’Italia, che parli di cucina, cultura e qualsiasi altra cosa verrà… Ecco… Mi sento un po’ piccolo davanti all’enormità e qualità del Suo lavoro!
    Complimenti vivissimi da Vergato (BO)!

  2. Hi Silvia!I have just booked my tickets for Bologna and your site it’s the second best thing I have found for Bologna (the first was the super cheap tickets that I have booked)!I am a foodblogger and coming to Bologna was a dream coming true!Thank you for all the info that you provide here!

      1. No need to thank me 😊 I will be at Bologna from 2nd of April until 6th of April, ready to meet all the delicacies 😋

  3. Hi Sylvia;
    My significant and I was in Emilia Romagna Region visiting Modena Parma and Bologna in Oct.2019 and still loving it to the point I would like to be back and surely wish to have your guidance around. Reading your article only to find I missed out quite a bit in the region.
    Hopefully sometime later this year when the COVID restrictions are lifted, I can travel again and make my trip reality and meet you at some point. Please let me know if you are still interested in leading the tourists who wish to see more of your wonderful Italy.

    1. Hi Marianne, thank you for your kind message! I’m so glad to hear you liked Emilia-Romagna so much that you wish to return. Yes, I definitely plan to resume my tours, I can’t wait actually 🙂 So hopefully see you soon!! Best, Silvia

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.