The Perfect Long (Gastronomic) Weekend in Bologna

Group 6 Bologna, Italy
Spring, Fall
$$, $$$

About the location

Bologna is Italy's best kept secret, safe from the crowds usually flocking in Rome, Venice and Florence (for now).  The soul of the city can be captured by its three sobriquets: "La Grassa", meaning "The Fat" (referring to the mouth-watering cuisine), "La Rossa", meaning "The Red (referring to its political history and beautiful architecture), and "La Dotta", meaning "The Learned" (referring to the oldest university still operating in the Western world).

If you are looking for the perfect city getaway combining the best food that Northern Italy has to offer with a dash of history and culture, look no further than Bologna!

Guide Highlights

The best local food haunts

This guide provides a no-hassle list of the best culinary spots, so you don't have to spend two hours looking for where to have dinner!

Places to visit, learn, photograph

Bologna is not just for foodies! This guide will show you around the must-see locations for the city's long history and culture.

Guide Summary

My love affair with Italy has resulted in many Italian weekend getaways.  I can therefore safely say that Bologna, the gastronomic capital of Northern Italy (and arguably of the entire country), has the best pasta in the world (no caveats!), and that this city will certainly lure me back again and again for this very reason.

This guide will offer a concise lowdown on all the must-eat and must-visit places in the city.   With this in hand, you will be well-equipped for a memorable weekend, and feel safe in the knowledge that you will be seeing the best that beautiful Bologna has to offer.

Featured in this guide

Local food
Healthy food
Photo spots
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Group 31 Museums
Foodie favorites
Group 39 Art
Group 14 Hidden Gems
Group 38 Bike-friendly
Group 32 Historical
Group 33 Walkable
Group 13 Public transportation

Great for these trips

Cultural / Historical
Family with kids
Girls / Guys Trip
Family without kids
Romantic / Honeymoon
Weekend Getaway


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  • Guide Architect

    Janet Chan

    Janet Chan

    Hong Kong + London = Home. Always looking for the next place to explore.

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