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.
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.
Spend Christmas at the home of any Bolognese family and this is the food you'll be sure to find...
The Cioccoshow festival is a celebration of chocolate and the artisans who make it - the five-day event takes place November 16-20 in Bologna's historic center.
What you need to know before you visit San Petronio Basilica, the Bolognesi's most beloved church.
Venture beyond Bologna's historic city center to discover the lovely natural landscapes surrounding the city.
True Made in Italy: discover an artisan workshop from the 17th century carrying on the tradition of hand printing on fabric from Romagna.
Here's to piada from Romagna, a delicious flatbread you must try (with recipe).
A Local’s Guide to Bologna - my tips on the best sights/food/attractions for Ryanair magazine.
The ultimate beach destination in Emilia-Romagna is the ever-charming Riviera Romagnola.
Let's head inside the historic Atti store, an institution in Bologna when it comes to fresh pasta, bread and pastry making of the Bolognese tradition.
Dig deeper into Bologna's history with these intriguing little-known facts.
Follow this itinerary to discover Bologna through one of its most distinctive features: "le torri" (medieval towers).
My tour around the peaceful countryside of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza continues with more jewels to discover.
Discovering the Duchy of Parma & Piacenza, a fascinating territory rich in history.
If you love Italian food and wine, you should definitely head to the Parma area, home to some of Italy’s most famous food products, including Parmigiano-Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello di Zibello, and much more!
To admire art and nature and escape the bustle of city life, don't miss these three beautiful gardens in Emilia-Romagna.
A trip to Emilia-Romagna calls for the discovery of its many delicacies, so here are some of the top culinary delights you can't miss when in the area!
The classic Bolognese osteria, often tucked away under a portico, with a simple yet charming décor oozing coziness, excellent local cuisine and affordable prices, recalls that spirit of conviviality and joviality that is so typical of Bologna.
“I appreciate that Bologna still allows me to imagine the world as it was then [in the Middle Ages, ed.], even if it is a somewhat romantic view. For me, this is magical and seductive”...
Emilia-Romagna is fresh pasta heaven. But with all those variations on names and types, it may get a little confusing! No worries: after reading this post, you will know the region's pasta like a local!
The Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita is the most important example of Baroque art in Bologna, with a scultptural masterpiece inside you shouldn't miss.
For the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, celebrated on October 10, 2013, here's my article for BBC Travel, exploring the strong connection the legendary opera composer felt to his homeland of Emilia his entire life.
The museum for gelato lovers: Gelato Museum Carpigiani: 1,000 square meters dedicated to the history, culture, and technology of gelato. A must-visit!
"The most beautiful town in Italy? San Leo: a fortress and two churches." (Umberto Eco) Discover this beautiful ancient borgo of Romagna, a perfect day trip from Bologna.
Wouldn't it be magical to sleep in a 900-year-old tower in the heart of a medieval town in Italy... Well, you can do it in Bologna!