Bologna is the historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. This lively city in northern Italy lies in between Venice and Florence. It’s rich with cultural jewels and leaning medieval towers. Mortadella and ragù alla bolognese both have their origins in Bologna, Italy!
The Small List
Grand Hotel Majestic – già Baglioni – A favorite of celebrities and business travelers, the hotel prides itself on delivering the best of everything. Dating back to the 18th century and just minutes from the top attractions, the city’s only luxury property has a loyal following, thanks to its glamorous decor and impressive art collection.
Best Places for Lunch
051 Ristorante – Located next to San Petronio, the chef uses the best ingredients in the preparation of every recipe. The flavors capture the true essence of the Emilian tradition.
Salumeria Simoni – Four generations of producers, refiners and seasoners are bringing Bolognese delicatessen into the future. This specialty food market located in the historic district of Quadrilatero and is the number one specialty food market in the city.
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Things to Do
Quadrilatero – This neighborhood is certainly the favorite of foodies. There are all sorts of Bolognese specialities. The restaurants offer homemade tortellini and tagliatelle al ragù. In addition, in many wine bars you can enjoy an aperitivo with a plate of mortadella and parmigiano.
Piazza Maggiore – The beating heart of the capital of Emilia Romagna is definitely Piazza Maggiore (or Piazza Grande). In the center of it all, you will find the famous Fountain of Neptune.
Fountain of Neptune – Commissioned by a Pope, “The Giant” was designed by an architect and was created by a Belgian artist. It is one of the greatest symbols of Bologna.
Basilica di San Petronio – The Basilica of San Petronio, dedicated to the city’s patron saint, stands in Piazza Maggiore. It is the largest and most important church in Bologna.