Walking Bologna, Italy
Bologna is a major draw for foodies, and since it’s a major rail and highway hub the chances are good you'd pass close by even if you’re headed somewhere else, so why not stop for awhile and eat some of the best food you'll eat anywhere on the planet? In addition to its famous food traditions, Bologna is also home to the world’s oldest university, and car-makers Ferrari and Lamborghini have their factories nearby. In other words, there are plenty of reasons to find Bologna appealing well beyond your taste buds.
It lacks the gondolas of Venice, the ruins of Rome and the acres of galleries of Florence, so Bologna has managed to stay off Italy's well-beaten tourist track. Even though it has own Leaning Tower, the hordes tend to head to Pisa to see theirs. But in spite of what it hasn't got, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, which many claim is Italy's gastronomic capital, has got more than enough to deliver an enjoyable day, or better still, a full weekend visit.
One of Bologna's nicknames is The Learned, because its its university has a good claim to being the world’s oldest. Being a centre for learning, Bologna's youthful vibrancy means you'll never be stuck for a classical concert, play, gig, club night or exhibition. Bologna is also known for its porticos, with about 40 km of arcaded streets, so it doesn't even matter if it rains.
Getting there by train:
From Milan: 1 hr 30 mins
From Florence: 38 mins.
From Rome: 2 hrs 12 mins.
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