Tuesday, July 12, 2016

7 Awesome Things To Do In Bologna

Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. This beautiful medieval city combines some of the nation’s finest trattorias with bustling piazzas. It is a haven for food lovers and well-known for its tortellini, tagliatelle, and ragù.
If you’re visiting for the first time this year, whether with friends or family, make sure you make time for some of the following.

1. Visit Piazza Maggiore

Stroll through Piazza Maggiore. This is the main square and the heart of the town. It is one of the biggest and oldest squares in Italy. Take your time and savor the atmosphere. Spend a little time at one of the outdoor cafes. If you’re traveling with a significant other, a walk during sunset is romantic and magical.

2. Take A Cooking Lesson

Bologna is renowned for its pasta. Learn to make it like a professional chef by enrolling in a Bologna cooking class. Many classes begin with a tour of the local market to buy the ingredients. You will then learn the traditional recipe and techniques used to make the pasta. Classes usually end with lunch, where you can eat the products of your labor.

3. Visit The Old Market

Enjoy a stroll through the old market in The Quadrilatero. This market can trace its heritage back to medieval times. Stock up on some of the local specialties such as tortellini and tagliatelle. The area is renowned for its ragù sauce or as we know it, bolognese. You will also find an array of greengrocers, fishmongers, and delis.

4. Walk Through the Porticos

In 1288 it was made compulsory for all Bologna houses to have porticos. This made it possible for residents to walk around sheltered from the sun or rain. The porticos are still in place today, all 53 km of them. One of the most well-known portico walks is the one up to Madonna di San Luca. The walkway leads from the city, all the way up to the church. Taking a walk through the porticos is a great way to walk off lunch.

5. Visit The Museum Of The History Of Bologna

The Museum of the History of Bologna is housed within Pepoli Palace. It traces Bologna’s rich history from the Etruscan period to modern times. Exhibitions are built around key episodes of Bologna's past. There is much to see here and so make sure you allow yourself some time to explore.

6. Visit Asinelli Tower

Asinelli Tower is the city’s tallest tower. It can be found right in the heart of the city. Climb the 498 steps to the top and enjoy the views. The staircase is quite narrow, and you will need to give way to people coming in the opposite direction. There are a few platforms where you can catch your breath on the way up.

7. Visit The Gelato Shops

A great way to cool off is to visit one of the many gelato shops. Ask the locals about the best shops. As a rule of thumb, the best gelato is often stored under the counter in canisters. Tourist shops display it piled high.

Bologna has something to offer everyone. It is a beautiful city with countless things to do and see. But for food lovers, it is a something of a haven. It should be placed firmly on the bucket list of all foodies.