12 Hours in Bologna

When planning to visit Italy most people will have in mind Rome, Venice, Milan, Florence or Sorrento. But Bologna shouldn’t be overlooked. 

This is the first place I visited in Italy and I wasn’t disappointed. Home to the worlds oldest University, the historical city centre is an architectural marvel. The cities are arcaded meaning you can comfortably walk around regardless of whether it’s raining. 

The two towers are one of the biggest points of interest in the city. Weather permitting, you can climb just under 500 steps to the top of the tower. Once there you will be treated with a beautiful panoramic view of the city and beyond. 
As well as it being famous for its towers, Bologna is arguably the culinary capital of Italy. Dinning out in the piazzas is one of the best ways to make the most of your time in. Whilst eating out not only are you trying great food, but you’re soaking up the atmosphere of the Medieval centre. Like anywhere, for a cheaper eat I’d recommend going to the University District. A little more lively that other places. Dine in the bars and restaurants amongst the students.   We opted to eat at Mercato Di Mezzo (The Middle Market). I couldn’t recommend this place enough. The ground floor is filled with little bars, eateries and tables to seat large groups or smaller ones for couples. On the floor above is a traditional pizzeria where I had the best pizza of my life. Which is a big claim. Granted I did say this was the first place I visited in Italy, but since I have visited Verona, Milan, Padova, Naples, Sorrento and Pompeii and nowhere has beat the pizza I had in Bologna. For a sample of street food or a sit down meal Mercato Di Mezzo is the place to go. 

Bologna is one of those places that makes a perfect weekend stay. It’s a great place to just walk around and has a great food and drink culture. 

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