- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Bologna, Italy
Bologna, the city of the two towers, is one of the most visited Italian places thanks to the big cultural, historical, culinary and social heritage offered during all the year, and that classify it as an ideal destination to spend pleasant weekends even in the cold autumn.
Find out the strong points that make Bologna truly unique!
A medieval city but romantic
One of the most typical urban features of Bologna are the elegant and ancient arcades that line the main streets for 40 km, while a lot of people walk under it. The particular Casa Isolani arcade in Strada Maggiore is still in wood, as it had been built in the Middle Ages. The other symbols of the city are the two towers coming from the two powerful families, the Asinelli tower, consists of 498 steps, and the Garisenda tower, lower, at its side.
Churches and monuments
All around the city and nearby, you have the possibility to visit a lot of important cathedrals and basilicas. Do not miss: the Basilica of San Petronio, huge Gothic church with the reconstruction of the sundial by Gian Domenico Cassini, the St. Stephen’s Basilica, also called “the seven churches”, the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, with one of the longest portico in the world.
Shopping and Markets
Do not miss the opportunity to go shopping through the streets of the center, particularly in Independeza street, which runs from the train station to Piazza Maggiore, and where you can find different kinds of boutiques. Moreover, do not miss the chance to find good opportunities at the various weekly markets in the major squares, first of all that one called Mercato della Piazzola, inside the Montagnola park.
The countryside and the hills near Bologna
The countryside near Bologna are a real spectacle of nature, made of green hills and typical clay gullies. It is an ideal trip out of town in all seasons, especially when the sun shines, because colored and particularly indicated for hiking and picnics. Simply decide how leave for your adventure: walk trekking, mountain biking, or by motorbike, perhaps with your sweetheart.
Wines and typical dishes
Italian cuisine is known throughout Italy as one of the most delicious and traditional. The star of the menu is undoubtedly the homemade pasta, a tradition preserved also today in all the local restaurants, which serve every day: cappelletti in brodo, tagliatelle al ragù, lasagna, the real parmigiano reggiano, Italian salumi accompanied by “tigelle” and “gnocchi fritti”, and many other delicacies. Everything should be accompanied by a light white wine as the local Pignoletto, or by a rich red wine, like Lambrusco.