Summer in Bologna is like a chocolate box, sorry Forrest. Rich and tasty, but ends always too soon.
Here's my guide for the best places to enjoy and never miss any crumb of it.
Why Alvar Aalto, one of the most important architect and designer of the XX century, would create a church in a tiny village of 300 people on the hills of Bologna?
The story is long and complex. Let's start from the beginning.
If I say Michelin starred restaurant near Bologna your first thought will go to Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana.
And I can say you're right because #1 restaurant in the world is a worth-a-plane place.
But it's not the only Michelin star that you should check out if you are in Bologna.
It took me some time (and money) but here are 3 very different places that have more than a star in common.
From North to South, you find a food market in every dusty corner of Italy. Indoor, open air, liberty, temporary, gourmet, gentrified, dirty, harsh, noisy. Surely never boring.
This is my selection of the 5 best food markets I've met during my food trips.
Let's say it loud and clear: Bologna is not a city of street food. We prefer to eat slowly and with our legs under the table.
But how great would it be to walk around the 2 towers with a cone of fried custard in your hands?
Check out this list of the most popular street foods of Bologna and where to eat them well made.
Italy's wine-world is maybe as wide and diverse as Italian cuisine itself.
But once you've started, you won't be able to stop discovering.
These are my best places to drink wine in Bologna and to give your trip a sparkling twist.
And you'll never order just the house wine anymore.