Must-have info for first-timers and anyone who needs guidance about Bologna’s transport, where to stay/be, when to visit, stores and restaurants opening hours, and all those practical details needed when traveling to a new city, plus lots of useful links for planning your visit, all compiled in one place!
When the weather gets hot in Bologna, there are only two things you can do: find shelter under porticos, and eat gelato.
An itinerary to guide you through the history and variety of Bologna's porticoes.
Big news for Bologna! The porticoes will be nominated for inclusion on the coveted Unesco's World Heritage list. Here's the scoop.
To answer the often asked question of where to stay in Bologna, I've compiled this list of my favorite hotels and B&Bs in Bologna. I hope you find it useful.
A road trip through the Reggio Emilia countryside, discovering haunted castles, learning about a very special woman, and visiting producers of local specialties like Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar and culatello. Start planning!
Discover why walking along the Portico di San Luca is a quintessential Bologna experience! I also tell you about my guided walking tour of the portico and the Bologna hills.
Ferrara, Unesco city of the Renaissance, makes for a delightful day trip from Bologna. Here's a comprehensive guide on what to see in a day.
An itinerary through beautiful mountain villages in the Bologna Apennines, better discovered on foot!
For gorgeous views of Bologna, and a quintessential Bologna experience, climb the 97-meter-high Torre degli Asinelli!
Get those walking shoes on and explore the beautiful hills surrounding Bologna! Read my suggestions for three top walks.
A handy guide on how to plan one, two or three days in and around Bologna!
How do you make tagliatelle alla bolognese? And more fun bits about one of Bologna's quintessential dishes.
I'm not exactly a skilled cook, but I've finally learned how to make tortelloni, a typical fresh pasta dish from Bologna, thanks to Le Cesarine.
The best lookouts over Bologna, all in this handy list!
The Museum of the History of Bologna gives a great overview of 3,000 years of Bologna history and could be the starting point of a visit to the city. Plus, there's a really cool temporary exhibit which you shouldn't miss!
'What you see is not what you get' at the striking Rocchetta Mattei, a fortress built in the 19th century in the Apennines near Bologna.
Brisighella is a delightful medieval village about an hour from Bologna, renowned for the production of an excellent olive oil. Perfect for a day trip!
How about walking from Bologna to Florence? Here's my account of the beautiful Via degli Dei trek, which I highly recommend doing if you love an active vacation!
Ever heard of Formaggio di Fossa? It's quite the delicacy and it hails from Romagna. Plus, its method of production is quite unique...
Get active and explore Emilia-Romagna beyond its art cities! Here are my suggestions for snowshoeing hikes in the Corno alle Scale Regional Park, near Bologna.
In honor of upcoming International Women’s Day, learn about three remarkable Bolognese women who made a name for themselves as talented artists at a time when it was very difficult for a woman to emerge.
Carnival is a time to indulge...here are the most popular treats to feast on in Emilia-Romagna!
Valentine’s Day is coming up, so in the spirit of romance, here's a list of some of my favorite romantic places in Bologna and Emilia-Romagna...
Here's what to look out for when visiting Palazzo D'Accursio, the seat and symbol of Bologna's political power since medieval times.
Bologna and Emilia-Romagna do not have famous Carnivals as those of Venice or Viareggio, but we hold our own. So if you happen to be in the area during this time, here are some of the top Carnival celebrations you should check out in the region.
Bologna's Fountain of Neptune is a must-see. Learn about its history and why the Bolognesi love it so much.
If you’re spending New Year’s Eve in Bologna or around Emilia-Romagna, here are a few ideas. Buon Anno!
Discover the history and get the official recipe of tortellini, a cherished dish that has become a symbol of Bolognese cuisine.
If you're in town for the holidays, don't miss 'la Fiera di Santa Lucia', Bologna's Christmas market.