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24 Hours in Bologna

Written by Travel

Take a trip to Italy’s ruby-studded culinary capital, and enjoy the exquisite artistic, musical, and architectural offerings the city is ready to share.

A city of such vibrancy, characterised by it’s reddy hues, it’s ever-changing youthful population (as home to the oldest university in Europe) and its rich cultural history that has seen creative luminaries such as Dante and Petrarch pass through its city walls, Bologna positions itself as the perfect destination for an authentic cultural getaway.

Mornings are punctuated by the spirited chime of the Basilica di San Petronio, famous for its unfinished façade, as the local bolognesi flood the cafés below you, from the flaneurs of the city’s high society, to stylish students sipping on espresso and eating cornettos. Locals fill the famous arches that line all of the streets of the city, known in Italian as Portici, and important enough to be made a UNESCO world heritage site. Rain or shine, you’ll be find all manner of things to do.

Basilica di San Petronio
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Emilia-Romagna, the region of Italy that Bologna belongs to is famous for its food. Big names like tagliatelle al ragu, tortellini, and lasagne alla bolognese, all originate from here. You’ll be sure to find something authentic to hit the spot.

After a day of art, culture, food and churches, you won’t be disappointed to find that Bologna is just as alive once the sun has set as it is when it’s at its highest. Why not take a stroll down to Piazza Maggiore – the central spot of the city – for an Aperol Spritz on the steps of the square? And if you time it right, you might catch the Cinema Ritrovato festival which sees hundreds of locals and visitors descend on the square to catch the latest cinematic highlights.

Whether autumn (autunno) or summer (estate), the red city is always alive and waiting to welcome.

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Last modified: 7th November 2020

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