5 Reasons You Should Come To Bologna!

Right now I’m in Bologna, Italy, in the region of Emilia Romagna. I’m here as part of a press trip to the area called ‘BlogVille‘. It’s sort of a cool initiative brought together by the Emilia Romagna Tourism Board to bring bloggers to the region and check out all it has to offer. Our base here in Bologna has proved to be a pretty cool spot for experiencing authentic Italian cuisine, wine, nightlife, and culture. Bologna is both Italy’s food capital, and the UNESCO World City of Music. For me, music and food are two things that are a part of my everyday life. I can’t live without either, so Bologna is kind of like the perfect place for me in terms of catering to what I love about travel. However, enough about me, what about you? Why should you come to Bologna?

Food Capital of Italy

Pretty much everyone I meet who comes to Italy or wants to come here talks about how they want to eat local Italian food! It usually ranks in the top 3 things that people want to do while in Italy, if not number 1 on their list. Bologna is the birthplace of cuisine such as Bolognese, Lasagna, and Tortellini. So if experiencing local Italian food is what you’re after, then you really can’t get a better place to do it other than here. Food is simply in-bed into the natural fabric of the people here, and is such a huge piece of what makes this regional capital unique.

Music Lovers Paradise

As I mentioned above, Bologna is the UNESCO World City of Music. That alone should give you an insight into the city’s credibility as a destination hub for music. I was very fortunate to be here during the Live Music Festival of the last week of May. There was people and bands of all genres playing music out in the main square (Piazza Maggiore) and surrounding areas. Whether you were into brass bands, rock music, or just something else, you can usually find it there.

Student City (Party Town)

Bologna is student city, and is in fact home to the oldest university in Europe, the University of Bologna. This means that although the touristy areas of Bologna are quite pricey (like most places), you’ll also find a lot of cheap deals in and around the University area. If you’re going out head to Via Zamboni (University Road). Thursday is student night so you’ll find lots of young people out and about on a Thursday night during term time, but it’s also very busy here on a Friday & Saturday night too.

Day Trips to Modena, Ferrara, and Comacchio

Bologna provides a fantastic base for someone looking to make day trips out further into the Emilia Romagna region. Modena, home to the Ferrari Museum, is a popular spot nearby to spend a day, and is only 30 minutes away by train. If you travel on a slow trains it will only cost you €3.60 to get there from Bologna travelling in 2nd Class.

Ferrara, home to the Castle Estense is also a fantastic spot for a half day out up to the top of the castle, and for those interested in taking a boat out into the Po Delta River, Comacchio is somewhere I recommend nearby to Bologna. It’s also just a really nice town for a bike ride, some gelato (Italian ice cream), and a chance to eat some local sea food.

Via Aemilia (The Ancient Roman Road)

Bologna is very well connected to all of Italy’s main cities. The North-South railway line between Bologna and Milan also follows the ancient Roman Road, Via Aemilia. If you were looking for a trip to do in Europe that was combining modern day travel with history, then travelling the old roman road from through Bologna could be an option?

Any trip to Italy should include Bologna…

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3 Responses to “5 Reasons You Should Come To Bologna!”

  1. Claire says:

    I really want to go to Bologna now!

  2. I have a friend who is from Bologna. I need to use that connection and go visit her! Thanks for the article.

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