Excite your palate at FICO World Eataly
Many claim that the capital of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region is also the country's food capital. Since November 2017, Bologna has been home to FICO World Eataly, the largest agri-food park in the world and which is dedicated to Italian cuisine.
All the flavours of Italy can be found over this venue's 25-plus hectares. To delve in and find out more, join classes or workshops dedicated the culinary arts, take a leisurely walk through the aisles of the thematic markets to find local products, and attend conferences on Italian gastronomy.
Surprise your palate at one of the 45 restaurants on the site as you taste dishes made with local products grown exclusively at the park. It is a gastronomical experience you will not want to miss during your stay in the city.
FICO World Eataly
Via Paolo Canali, 8
40127 Bologna BO
+39 051 002 9001
Explore new textures at the Mercato delle Erbe
The Mercato delle Erbe is the city's largest covered market. Every morning at dawn, hundreds of locals shop the stalls of colourful fruits and vegetables, charcuterie and traditional cheeses. Taste the smooth texture of cured ham. Melt for the creaminess of a squacquerone, a regional fresh cheese with a delicate flavour. Or, perhaps you would prefer a warm plate of tortellini, the stuffed pasta Italians traditionally eat for Christmas Eve.
The market is a paradise for gourmets who want to meet up with friends for an aperitivo. Pull up a chair on the terrace of one of the many bistros or restaurants to have a glass of Albana di Romagna, a wine from the Emilia-Romagna region, with a slice of prosciutto from nearby Parma.
Mercato delle Erbe
Via Ugo Bassi, 23
40121 Bologna BO
+39 051 659 2765
Awaken your sense of smell at the Botanical Gardens
Now it is time to head north of the city's old town to Bologna's second largest garden (just after the Giardini Margherita). There, you will find the University of Bologna Botanical Gardens, where more than 5,000 species of local and exotic plants flourish.
All along the park's outdoor lanes and inside the three thematic greenhouses, a multitude of scents mingle to create unbelievable combinations. From the fragrance of the orchids to the medicinal herbs, towering trees and other native species of the Po Valley, your heady promenade will leave your nose inebriated.
University of Bologna Botanical Gardens
Via Irnerio, 42
40126 Bologna BO
+39 051 209 1325
Lend an ear to the International Museum and Library of Music
Music has always held an important place in Bologna. In 2006, the mediaeval city was even named the “Creative City of Music” by UNESCO. Head to the International Museum and Library of Music to discover six centuries of history of European music through a large collection of unique and important works, such as the original Antiphon written by Mozart in his bid to join the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna in 1770.
As you go through the museum's many galleries, each set to its own music, listen as your guide tells you musical lore while admiring more than one hundred portraits of famous musicians and invaluable collections of period instruments.
International Museum and Library of Music
Str. Maggiore, 34
40126 Bologna BO
+39 051 275 7711
Open your eyes from the city's summits
Bologna is also known for its unusual architecture: it has 38 kilometres of porticos, including the longest vault arcade in the world (four kilometres). The city is also full of monumental towers. From the Asinelli Tower – the tallest in Bologna – to the San Pietro Cathedral bell tower and the Torre Azzoguidi, there is no shortage of lookout points with spectacular panoramic views over the city and the Po Valley.
What could be a better place to watch a magnificent sunset than an astronomical observatory? To end your city break in Bologna, climb to the top of the Academy of Sciences and admire the show from high above the city's rooftops.
Academy of Sciences of Bologna Institute
Via Zamboni, 31
40126 Bologna BO
+39 051 222 596