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Travel to Bologna - what to do, is the pasta that good ?

Quan PhamQuan Pham6 months ago
Travel to Bologna - what to do, is the pasta that good ?

Bologna is a major city in Italy, it locates in Emilia-Romagna & San Marino region, south of Venice. It is a financial, industrial, and cultural hub in Italy. The oldest university in Europe was built in Bologna and it is still standing till today. Not to mention this is the city where Italian Supercars such as Lamborghini, Pagani are made.

How to get here?

One of the cultural spot, Bologna has a variety of residents from different nationalities with a majority of them are young. All of this make Bologna one of the best city to visit in Italy, good museum, good food and so tourists friendly, don't hesitate to book the ticket right after you finish reading.

As a major city not because of tourism but its economy, getting to Bologna is one of the easiest and cheapest city to visit by train, bus and airplane. The airport is just 7.8 km - 12 minutes on the shuttle bus from the city center. Alternatively, the trains and bus tickets are affordable. It is reccommended to take the trains if you are in the city nearby, and the bus from cities in further destination. 

Omio app and Flixbus app are your friends, you should have had them on your phone by now. Fortunately, the bus station and the train station are in the city center itself, so by the time you get off the train or bus, you already have seen the grand gothic architectures around.

What to do ?

Don't forget to look for free walking tour. Well, not really free though, you still have to donate 10-20€ after the tour but they are so worth it! The tour guides are Italian students or expats that know a lot about the city history so remember to check out.

Some of the places worth visiting are listed down here. 

Basilica di San Petronio
Basilica di San Petronio, Piazza Galvani, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
Piazza di Porta Santo Stefano
Piazza di Porta Santo Stefano, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

A Gothic basilica is the world’s fifth-largest church, measuring 132m by 66m by 47m. Work began on it in 1390, but it was never finished and today its main facade still remains incomplete. It was built in the Piazza Maggiore, the main stage of Bolonese city life.

Museo Civico Archeologico
Museo Civico Archeologico, Via dell'Archiginnasio, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

This interactive museum, opened in 2012 and is skillfully enclosed in the regal Palazzo Pepoli, intentionally an ‘education’ center for tourists. Using a 3D film, a mock-up of an old Roman canal, and modern presentations of ancient relics. The innovative displays start in a futuristic lobby and progress through 35 chronologically themed rooms that make Bologna’s 2500-year history really encaptivating.

Palazzo Pepoli - Museo della Storia di Bologna
Palazzo Pepoli - Museo della Storia di Bologna, Via Castiglione, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

Museo di San Colombano - Collezione Tagliavini
Museo di San Colombano - Collezione Tagliavini, Via Parigi, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
Museo Civico Archeologico
Museo Civico Archeologico, Via dell'Archiginnasio, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

Come to this place for archeology and ancient relics in Bologna

Don't forget to enjoy Bolognese cuisine, it is one of the best in Italy

For my American audience, Spaghetti Bolognese is not pasta with meat balls, sorry to inform you the news. Bolognese pasta is cooked in simple ingredients with meticulous attention to detail:  meat-based sauce called ragù,  consisting of slow-cooked minced beef, onions and carrots,  and mixed up with slight dashes of heavy cream and wine.

Foodie suggestion:

Buca Manzoni
Buca Manzoni, Via Manzoni, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

Drogheria della Rosa
Drogheria della Rosa, Via Cartoleria, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

Osteria Dè Poeti
Osteria Dè Poeti, Via de' Poeti, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

Osteria Dell'Orsa Fuori Porta
Osteria Dell'Orsa Fuori Porta, Via Andrea Costa, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

Plese don't miss out on the gelato made in Bologna, they make the best ice scream in the world, period.

Gelateria Gianni
Gelateria Gianni, Via Monte Grappa, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

Night time

Bologna is so alive, every corner you would see students. For night time spending with friends and meet new people head to the student square in Piazza Verdi with pizzas and affordable drinks. A fancier options are pubs and bars :

NU Lounge Bar
NU Lounge Bar, Via de' Musei, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
Empire English Pub
Empire English Pub, Via Zamboni, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

Zerocinquantino
Zerocinquantino, Via Pescherie Vecchie, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
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