Bologna - exciting, edgy & elegant in equal measure
Rome, Florence, Pisa & Venice spring to mind when most think of Italian getaways, but Bologna ought to be on that shortlist too. A vibrant university city, Bologna boasts a wonderfully youthful atmosphere & rebellious spirit, contained in a historic medieval centre of beautiful terracotta red.
Strolling among the medieval & renaissance streets of Bologna is a real treat for culture vultures, and is best done with an authentic local guide on a Freetour.com free walking tour. Home to the world’s oldest university (1088), the city is oozing ancient history and buzzing with life & modernity. The Basilica di San Petronio, Asinelli & Garisenda towers, the Fountain of Neptune and miles of arcade streets co-exist with modern urban grit, graffiti-clad walls & typical Italian vivaciousness emanating from chic cafes, renowned restaurants, traditional trattorias & lively bars.
Bologna boasts a rich culinary legacy, we have this city to thank for ragù, the delightful bolognese sauce that has enhanced many a spaghetti-based dish around the world, but for authentic local Italian dishes Bologna’s gastronomic culture will not disappoint; from high-end dining near piazza maggiore, to terrific value eating in the student quarter, Bologna can easily claim to be Italy’s food capital. Bologna really offers everything a free tour connoisseur will relish in a city break – it’s been here for near-innumerable lifetimes, don’t miss it during yours!