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Location: Bologna

Day 1 - 8 Dec 2020

Bologna

Bologna, Bologna

Content: As you arrive to Bologna, take your time to settle down and check in to your hotel. •If you’re arriving by plane, you’ll land at BLQ - the fasted (and cheapest) way to get to the city centre is taking Marconi Express that will take you to the train station in about 7 minutes. Otherwise, you can find plenty of car rentals and taxis. •If you’re arriving by car, make sure you don’t enter ZTL (limited traffic area) as non-residents are prohibited from driving there (but ask your hotel if they can arrange a permit for you!) •If you’re coming by train, the central train station (Stazione Centrale) is located right in the city centre, and navigating the city from there is really easy! Check out Hotel Il Canale Bologna which is my personal favourite in terms of price and quality: https://ilcanalehotel.ithotel.site/en/

Broccaindosso

Bologna, Broccaindosso

Content: Have lunch at the very atmospheric Osteria Broccaindosso and try some local specialities like Lasagne or Tagliatelle al Ragù - and explore Via Broccaindosso, a colourful street that will transport you to the medieval times with its ancient houses and characteristic Portici https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187801-d1817553-Reviews-Osteria_Broccaindosso-Bologna_Province_of_Bologna_Emilia_Romagna.html

Centro Storico

Bologna, Centro Storico
Bologna, Centro Storico
Bologna, Centro Storico
Bologna, Centro Storico

Content: Explore Bologna’s main attractions: •The Two Towers, a true symbol of the city. You can admire the breathtaking view of Bologna if you dare to climb up la Torre Degli Asinelli •Fontana del Nettuno, another very characteristic landmark and a notable meeting point among locals and tourists alike •San Petronio Church, the biggest church in Bologna that is free to visit (but you’ll need to pay €2 for photos/video). Inside you can find splendid artworks and the longest meridian in the world. You can climb up the bell tower for another spectacular panorama featuring the Two Towers! •Piazza Maggiore is the central and most famous square of the city, hosting the open air cinema festival during summer •Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio and the Anatomic theatre - Bologna’s history is closely linked to the university, and here you can admire the ancient university library and the first ever anatomic theatre (a must see place if you’re a fan of Atlas Obscura-style trips)

Piazza Santo Stefano

Bologna, Piazza Santo Stefano
Bologna, Piazza Santo Stefano

Content: Visit Piazza Santo Stefano, one of the most picturesque places in Bologna and explore the famous “Sette Chiese” - Santo Stefano church built upon the rests of an ancient pagan temple

Ghetto ebraico

Bologna, Ghetto ebraico
Bologna, Ghetto ebraico
Bologna, Ghetto ebraico
Bologna, Ghetto ebraico

Content: Wander around in the heart of an ex Jewish ghetto to admire its bright colours and narrow cobblestone streets, try to find a hidden Venice-like canal, and have coffee at one of the cosiest places in Bologna - Camera a Sud https://www.cameraasud.net

Le Stanze

Bologna, Le Stanze

Content: Finish your first day with a traditional aperitivo inside an ex-church: this bar guarantees you an unforgettable evening in a captivating atmosphere as well as high-quality food and drinks!

Location: Bologna

Day 2 - 9 Dec 2020

Dispensa Emilia Bologna Stazione Centrale

Bologna, Dispensa Emilia Bologna Stazione Centrale

Content: Rise and shine! We have a busy day ahead, so a quick breakfast at Dispensa Emilia at the train station is exactly what we need (unless you have breakfast at your hotel, which is fine, but make sure to get to the station pretty early!)

Location: Modena

Day 2 - 9 Dec 2020

Modena

Modena, Modena

Content: After a quick breakfast, let’s board and train and head towards Modena. The journey will take only about 30 minutes - get ready to explore this cute city!

Palazzo Ducale di Modena

Modena, Palazzo Ducale di Modena

Content: Start your journey with the majestic Palazzo Ducale and the adjacent piazza with the fountains - although the palace cannot be visited on most days, its facade is spectacular and makes a perfect background for insta-worthy pics.

Cathedrali Pasticceria

Modena, Cathedrali Pasticceria
Modena, Cathedrali Pasticceria

Content: Have some coffee and pastries at Cathedrali Pasticceria before heading to the next point of interest

Piazza Grande

Modena, Piazza Grande

Content: Continuing your walking tour, head to the heart of the city to see the legendary Duomo - it has all it takes to become a memorable landmark: an Arthurian legend, a leaning tower and fantastic history. Enjoy the Historic rooms of the Palazzo Comunale di Modena right in front of the cathedral (the entrance is free, just book it in the tourist office next door!). The same piazza hosts the historic Acetaia Giusti - an artisanal store producing and selling balsamic vinegar (an important part of Modena’s identity!) since 1605.

Modena

Modena, Modena

Content: It’s time for lunch! Here in Modena you won’t be hungry, regardless of your budget! You can choose between: Osteria Francescana, a high-end restaurant famous in the whole world Trattoria il Fantino, a family-style trattoria with tasty local specialities Tigellino - Tigelleria Ducale, if you’re into trying local street-food (tigelle)

Location: Parma

Day 2 - 9 Dec 2020

Parma

Parma, Parma

Content: It’s about time to move on! Head back to the train station and hop on the train to Parma - a true food capital of Italy!

Palazzo Ducale

Parma, Palazzo Ducale

Content: Start your visit with a walk in a beautiful park of Palazzo Ducale. Although the palace itself is closed to the public (it’s the headquarters of local carabinieri), the park is absolutely sublime and deserves an after-lunch stroll!

Palazzo della Pilotta

Parma, Palazzo della Pilotta
Parma, Palazzo della Pilotta
Parma, Palazzo della Pilotta

Content: Once a royal palace, it is now a museum complex that hosts one of the oldest theatres in Italy, a magnificent library and the National Portrait Gallery. This place alone is a major reason to visit Parma, because it is absolutely breathtaking. Dive deeply into Parma’s royal past, the city’s magnificent history and its artistic heritage!

Cattedrale di Parma

Parma, Cattedrale di Parma

Content: Explore this beautiful cathedral and the baptistery right in front of it - the latter was built of pink marble of Verona, a rare and precious material. Sun reflections on these building’s walls make the whole piazza look magical. Enter the cathedral to admire the famous frescoes by Antonio da Correggio. Proceed with having an aperitivo at the picturesque Enoteca Tabarro nearby before heading home - and make sure to try Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham) and Parmigiano (Parmesan cheese) in the birthplace of these delicacies!

Location: Bologna

Day 3 - 10 Dec 2020

Sartoria Bakery Cafè

Bologna, Sartoria Bakery Cafè

Content: Start your day with breakfast at Sartoria for some great coffee and people watching - after all, Bologna is beautiful in the morning!

Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

Bologna, Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca
Bologna, Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

Content: You can’t say you’ve been to Bologna if you haven’t been to San Luca. This place is one of the most famous landmarks of the city - and for a good reason. The views from the hill where the Sanctuary was built on are breathtaking, and the church itself is an artistic and architectural masterpiece. You can get up there on foot (if you fancy a little workout) or by a little touristic train that leaves from Piazza Maggiore and offers you a little guided tour of the city (10€ both ways)

Via Clavature

Bologna, Via Clavature
Bologna, Via Clavature
Bologna, Via Clavature
Bologna, Via Clavature

Content: Time for lunch! Bologna has the best markets where you can enjoy fresh, organic products. Mercato del Quadrilatero, a medieval market right in the city centre, deserves your special attention. Stroll the medieval streets, get yourself some goodies, enjoy the atmosphere of the authentic Italian food market and have lunch at the covered area - “Mercato di Mezzo”

Piazza San Domenico

Bologna, Piazza San Domenico

Content: Keep exploring the city! Today, let’s visit the magnificent Piazza San Domenico. There you’ll find tombs of “glossatori”: the first notaries and scholars at the University of Bologna. Those tombs date back to the XIIIth century! In the same piazza you can visit Basilica di San Domenico, a medieval church and the burial place of Saint Dominic. Enter the church to admire its interiors and the true jewels: statues by Michelangelo and the organ that young Mozart used to play during his brief stay in Bologna!

Via Zamboni

Bologna, Via Zamboni

Content: Explore the university area, visit the picturesque church of San Giacomo Maggiore and Pinacoteca Nazionale - an art gallery with an impressive collection of local artists.

SensoVerso_coffeespirits

Bologna, SensoVerso_coffeespirits

Content: Enjoy your aperitivo at this characteristic bar in the heart of Bologna and an evening walk in the city afterwards - make sure to try some wine staples or all kinds of spritz they have to offer

Location: Bologna

Day 4 - 11 Dec 2020

Impero

Bologna, Impero

Content: Have you breakfast at Pasticceria Impero - they serve amazing coffee, tasty croissants and the location is just right for our plans today!

Location: Ravenna

Day 4 - 11 Dec 2020

Ravenna

Ravenna, Ravenna

Content: Take a train to Ravenna - an ancient seaside city that is a true open-air museum, with Byzantine churches and Dante’s burial place.

Dante's Tomb

Ravenna, Dante's Tomb
Ravenna, Dante's Tomb
Ravenna, Dante's Tomb

Content: We’re starting our tour at Dante’s tomb - one of the most visited places in Ravenna. The tomb itself is magnificent, its history is captivating, and Dante himself deserves a visit - after all, he’s the greatest Italian poet!

Pasticceria Ferrari di Savigni Roberta & C. S.N.C.

Ravenna, Pasticceria Ferrari di Savigni Roberta & C. S.N.C.

Content: After a short walk in the city centre, stop for a coffee break at Pasticceria Ferrari. Make sure to try their pastries, and if you’re lucky enough, you may even get the chance to see how they’re being made through a glass wall!

Basilica di San Vitale

Ravenna, Basilica di San Vitale
Ravenna, Basilica di San Vitale

Content: With an inclusive ticket for €12.50 you can visit 5 most important monuments of the city. Start your visit from Basilica di San Vitale with its rich Byzantine mosaics, then proceed to the 5th-century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia right around the corner. Then check out the Archiepiscopal Museum and Battisterio Neoniano, a 5th century baptistery known for its splendid mosaics.

Mercato Coperto

Ravenna, Mercato Coperto

Content: Time for lunch! Check out the local Mercato Coperto for an authentic experience and high-quality local food in a modern setting.

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Ravenna, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Content: It’s time to visit the last monument of the day! Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo is another magnificent Byzantine landmark of Ravenna. Check it out before heading to the train station for a train back to Bologna!

Location: Bologna

Day 4 - 11 Dec 2020

Bologna

Bologna, Bologna

Content: Time to return back! Upon arrival to Bologna, take a stroll in the city centre to enjoy it on this last evening.

Marsalino

Bologna, Marsalino

Content: Make sure to stop by Marsalino for aperitivo - these guys will make sure you’ll remember your evening for a long time!