Bologna is one of the Italian cities that have been heavily influenced by the cities of Florence, Rome and Venice. When thinking about visiting Italy, Bologna might not be the first destination that comes to mind. However, the city has become a major recommendation recently, whether we are talking about tourists who love architecture, cuisine or those who are passionate about history and culture. Planning a two-day visit to Bologna? Here’s a list of things to do on your stay!
- Climb the Asinelli Tower
Forget about the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Asinelli tower in Bologna is the highest tower in Italy, which means that the view you’ll get to see from its top is above what you can see from the top of the Pisa Tower. The climb may be a bit frightening (in its own right) – in fact descending is even slightly worse – but the 498 steps are surely worth climbing. Seeing the whole city from above the red roofs is a unique experience.
- Eat Tagliatelle al Ragu, Parmegiano Reggiano and all kinds of traditional local dishes
It is often said that Bologna is the Italian capital of fine dining. However, you will not be able to feel this completely unless you get to this area, and Bologna is one of the best places when it comes to learning more about Italian cuisine. Try out Tagliatelle al Ragu in Trattoria del Rosso or perhaps antipasti with Mortadella, Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano, topped with Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena.
- Stroll around in Via dell’Independenza
The Italians have mastered the art of afternoon strolling, so we recommend you to do exactly what the locals do: walking around on Via dell’Indepnedeza. There are also some awesome places to shop here, but if you are not a fan of shopping, you can enjoy the streets overlooking the Italian terraces covered with a beautiful, traditional architecture. They were built hundreds of years ago, in the idea of adding rooms to the initial construction, largely due to the increase in the number of students attending the University of Bologna. Little did they know that these buildings will become famous today on social media (especially Instagram)!
- Taste good wine and admire the Piazza Maggiore at night
The area called Osteria del Sole is very interesting and it is only a few steps away from the San Petronio Church (although it is closed in the evening). Here you can enjoy a wonderful evening with your friends, family or loved one, and take some great pictures – this may sometimes be all you need.
- Italian Appetizers
We all love appetizers before the main meals. Most pubs in major Italian cities offer you appetizers around 7pm, and Bologna is no exception to this rule. We recommend you to go to Le Stanze, a pub that was originally a church, to admire the walls painted with religious themes.
- Get lost on the narrow streets
All tourists who come to Italy always love strolling around the wonderful narrow streets. In Bologna, you just need to go on any street that starts out of the big squares, and you will discover a lot of beautiful sights, shops and lesser-known streets.
If you are passionate about the world of cars, you should know that the Ferrari Museum is only 40 km away from Bologna, and there you can discover cars that made history around the world, both on the streets and racing circuits.