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Culinary Delights and Cultural Wonders in Bologna, Italy

Culinary Delights and Cultural Wonders in Bologna, Italy Itinerary

Published: 2023 Dec 25

Historic City Center and Gastronomic Delights

Morning
Begin your Bologna adventure with a delightful breakfast at Bologna Cucina & Drink, where you can savor local pastries and a freshly brewed Italian coffee. Afterward, take a self-guided stroll through the iconic Bologna University Quarter, the oldest university in the Western world, and visit the majestic Two Towers (Due Torri), the symbol of the city.
Afternoon
For lunch, indulge in the flavors of Bologna at Degusteria, known for its exquisite local dishes. Post lunch, immerse yourself in the city's rich history with a visit to the Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio (Teatro Anatomico dell'Archiginnasio), a unique anatomical theater from the 17th century, and the impressive San Petronio Basilica (Basilica di San Petronio), one of the largest churches in the world.
Evening
As the sun sets, enjoy a guided wine walking tour through the charming streets of Bologna. Sample a variety of regional wines at one of the oldest inns in the city with the Bologna City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour. For dinner, experience the warm hospitality and delectable cuisine at Le Stanze, a hidden gem in the heart of Bologna.
Bedtime
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Sanctuaries, Secret Tours, and Pasta Making

Morning
Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast at CONTRASTO, offering a modern twist to traditional morning delights. Afterward, take a morning trip to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca (Santuario della Madonna di San Luca), a breathtaking basilica perched on a hill, accessible by a historic portico.
Afternoon
For lunch, head to Osteria Angolo degli Orefici and enjoy a cozy atmosphere with a menu that highlights the best of local produce. Post lunch, engage in a hands-on experience with a Pasta Making course at a local cooking school. Learn the art of making fresh pasta from a professional chef and savor the fruits of your labor.
Evening
Uncover the hidden culinary gems of Bologna with the Bologna 3-Hour Secret Food Tour. This evening walking tour will take you to off-the-beaten-path eateries, where you'll taste a variety of local specialties. Conclude the day with a sophisticated dining experience at L'Ora d'Aria, known for its innovative take on traditional Italian cuisine.
Bedtime
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Art, Museums, and Parma Excursion

Morning
Enjoy a delightful breakfast at Bononia Club, a place that prides itself on using the freshest local ingredients. After breakfast, spend your morning exploring the National Gallery of Bologna (Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna), home to an impressive collection of Emilian paintings, including works by Raphael and Titian.
Afternoon
For lunch, savor the flavors of Parma at Il Cameo, a restaurant that pays homage to the culinary traditions of the neighboring city. Post lunch, embark on a day trip to Parma with the From Bologna Parma Cheese & Ham Factory Tours and Tastings. Learn about the production of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, and indulge in tastings.
Evening
Return to Bologna and unwind with a visit to the Prendiparte Tower (Torre Prendiparte), where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city at sunset. For dinner, experience the vibrant atmosphere and contemporary cuisine at Wolf, a popular spot among locals and visitors alike.
Bedtime
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Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Culinary Classes

Morning
Start your day with a visit to the Ferrari Museum (Museo Ferrari) in nearby Modena, where you can immerse yourself in the history and legacy of the iconic sports car brand. After the museum, enjoy a guided tour of the Bologna Olive Grove and Vineyard Tour with Product Tastings, where you'll learn about the region's olive oil and wine production.
Afternoon
For lunch, head to Boavista, a restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and a menu that highlights the best of local and seasonal ingredients. After lunch, continue your automotive journey with a visit to the Lamborghini Museum (Museo Lamborghini) in Sant'Agata Bolognese, where you can admire a stunning collection of luxury sports cars.
Evening
Conclude your culinary and automotive exploration with a special Gelato Cooking Class at a local gelateria. Learn the secrets of making authentic Italian gelato and enjoy the sweet treats you create. For a memorable final dinner in Bologna, dine at Camera con Vista Bistrot, which offers not only exquisite cuisine but also a panoramic view of the city.
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