2 days in...Bologna

Welcome to our latest edition on the blog – our travel guides. We know how busy work and leisure trips can be, so we decided to provide you with the best tips when you only have so little time. Whether you are about to extend your business trip or just off for a leisurely weekend exploring a new city, we got you covered with our tested recommendations from dusk ‘til dawn. Let’s kick our series off with the beautiful town of Bologna.

 

Bologna…in 2 days

Bologna is most probably one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Located in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region, it’s not only the center of many of your favourite Italian delicacies, but also home to the world’s oldest university, dating back to 1088. Besides its important intellectual position, it’s the place where foodies go for the best pasta in the country and to find the origins of what the world calls “Spaghetti Bolognese”. Be aware, that’s how the world calls Italy’s most famous pasta, in Bologna you order “pasta al ragu”. Wander underneath the many arcades that span the city, enjoy an aperitivo in one of the pittoresque plazas and take in the best mix of student vibes and beautiful antique settings.

 

Day 1

Start your day with heading to the famous Mercato die Mezzo and surrounding area, close to Piazza Maggiore. This is where you can sample all those delicious specialities and buy your groceries. Try Simonis if you fancy a sit-down to snack and watch people passing by. The wall in Simonis is full of huge Parmesan wheels.

L U N C H

Get in line at Sfoglia Rina, we promise you, it’s worth the wait. Handmade and simply delicious. Oh, shall we mention that you also buy pasta in their little shop to take home?

 

Sfoglia Rina

Via Castiglione 5/b

40124 Bologna

https://www.sfogliarina.it/contatti/

Definitely worth a visit is Teatro Anatomico.  Housed in one of Bologna’s beautiful palazzos, it is dating back to the 17th century when it was built to carry out anatomy lessons.

http://www.archiginnasio.it

 

If you are looking for a little shopping break in between all those delicious pastas and beautiful sights, you are now in the best area. The little streets around el Mercato and the Teatro Anatomico host a great variety of boutiques, high street chains and luxury brands.

D I N N E R

Get ready for some insanely delicious pasta… Try the pink Tortellini with pine nuts or the Ravioli with Mortadella…ohh, and the wine list! Book in advance!

 

Trattoria la Montanara

Via Augusto Righi 15/A

40126 Bologna

http://www.trattorialamontanara.com

D R I N K S

Time to hit one of Bologna’s fancier bar gems. Hidden in an old Palazzo, serving amazing cocktails and showcasing Bologna’s young and party-loving crowd.

 

Le Stanze

Via del Borgo di S. Pietro 1

40126 Bologna

http://www.lestanzecafe.it

 

Day 2

Before you set off to another delightful day of sightseeing and pasta sampling, get your caffeine kick in one of the many small bars around the city center. Order an espresso and a  cornetto and you’ll be ready in no time.

Le due Torri can already be seen from afar. Dating back to 1109, the towers are the tallest medieval towers in the world. You can climb one of them through a small staircase. On sunny days, you have the most wonderful view from the top of the tower, across Bologna and its lush green, hilly surroundings. Not to be missed!

 

You have to book your tickets in advance. Tickets are only sold online.

https://www.duetorribologna.com

 

Many legends rank around el Complesso di Santo Stefano and when it was built. Some claim its origins go back to 430 when it was commissioned to be divided into seven churches. You’ll find beautiful architectural pieces in a one of a kind setting of different churches. Read on to find out more here!

L U N C H

In Bologna’s student area, Osteria dell’Orsa is popular amongst all ages. Locals flock here for pasta al ragu very reasonable prices. Don’t stick to just pasta, try the other meals, they are mouth-watering too!

 

Osteria dell’Orsa

Via Mentana 1

40126 Bologna

http://www.osteriadellorsa.com

After lunch, set off to the oldest university in the western hemisphere, dating back to the year 1088. Today, the University of Bologna is still one of the most renowned universities. Read on to find out more before you set off on your tour.

A P E R I T I V O

One of Italy’s great features is that the an aperitivo is always just around the corner. Try one of Bologna’s oldest Cafés for some Prosecco or Spritz and some local nibbles before dinner.

 

Café Zanarini

Piazza Galvani 1

40124 Bologna

http://antoniazzi.biz/barcaffe/caffe-zanarini

D I N N E R

Truly Bolognese, la Trattoria della Santa serves the best local cuisine in a very traditional, but laid-back setting. Definitely book in advance!

 

Trattoria della Santa

Via Urbana, 7, 40123 Bologna

https://www.trattoriadellasanta.com