Bologna, in the Regione Emilia Romagna, is a marvelous and fascinating city. It is well-known for its fabulous cuisine, and I am pleased to say, that on my many visits there I have had the pleasure of tasting a great deal of it. There is no question that it is one of the best "foodie" places in the world. The famous Bolognese sauce was created here and remains one of Bologna's signature dishes. The original recipe can be found in the archives of the University of Bologna. The mortadella with pistachios is also an original product of Bologna. There are many fine ristoranti and trattorie in Bologna, but one of my favorites is Trattoria Gianni, with great menu choices in all of the courses. If you don't get there, don't be concerned because it is hard to find bad food in Bologna or in the rest of Emilia Romagna. Casual dining is very popular. There are a number of "deli" style eateries throughout Bologna serving the best cold cuts, breads, wine and sides you will ever eat. Don't miss "Eataly" a multi-level store with ongoing pasta and cooking demonstrations, restaurants, Italian products of all kinds, books, art and much more!
There is, of course, more to Bologna than its cuisine. It is the home of the oldest university in Europe, so it is a vibrant and alive city. Any time of year you will find events and activities outdoors, everywhere. It is definitely a must see in Northern Italy. The Bolognese people are wonderful hosts and will assure you of a great experience in their City.
From Bologna you can easily access the cities of Parma, Modena, Ferrara, and the coastal cities of Rimini, Ravenna, and others, along the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy a walking tour on your first day which helps to acclimate you to the layout, history and culture of the city. Then you can enjoy Bologna on your own at your own pace.
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