Bologna is a food-lovers’ haven – and the city knows it.
From the moment you step off the plane, the city welcomes you with food. Giant posters of food immediately give way to stalls of actual food, packed to the rafters with homemade tortellini, parmigiano reggiano, hams and sausages and bottles of aceto balsamico.
The ride from the airport to the city center is lined with osterias and trattorias, their tables clad in red-and-white checkered tablecloths. A quick walk down a street – any street – brings you past food stalls and markets, filled with the season’s bright-colored fruits and produce, various forms of meat hanging from the roof, and lots and lots of cheese.
The food alone is worth staying in Bologna for a couple of days or more, but the city has a lot more to offer. The city is peppered with historical and cultural artifacts and plenty of spots for panoramic city views and romantic strolls. Bologna is also an excellent base for day trips in and around Emilia-Romagna, whether you’re searching for culinary experiences, charming medieval towns, or a seaside escape.
While you can easily extend your stay and never run out of things to do or restaurants to eat at in Bologna, this essential travel guide will get you started on your holiday plans. Here’s how to spend 3 days in Bologna.