15 Best Things To Do For Travelers In Bologna, Italy

1. Tallest Leaning Tower

When you visit Asinelli Tower in the heart of the city, you won’t feel like you have stepped into a tourist trap. 

2. Try Traditional Balsamic Vinegar 

Traditional balsamic vinegar can sell for €50-€100 a bottle. After learning about how it’s made and I can understand why. 

3. Eat Parmigiano Reggiano

Speaking of Cheese, Parma is just a short train ride away from Bologna and you must eat Parmesan cheese when visiting.  

4. Western World’s Oldest University

Bologna was a progressive town in the Middle Ages and it is home to the oldest university in the Western world founded in 1088. 

5. Stroll The Porticoes

Because Bologna was booming due to its thriving university, extra housing was needed for students.  

6. Piazza Maggiore

The main plaza of Bologna is Piazza Maggiore and there is a lot to see here including the Basilica of San Petronio.  

7. Basilica Of San Petronio

This beautiful church located in Piazza Maggiore is one of the largest in the world!  

8. Eat Gelato 

Carbigiani Gelato University offers courses for a €900 that you will get back after you buy their €21,000 machine.  

9. Go To Gelato University

Carpigiani Gelato not only offers courses to the people who buy them but there is also a Gelato Museum that runs visitors through the history of Ice Cream. 

10. Have An Aperitivo

One of our favourite nightly events was finding a place to have aperitivo, an Italian Tradition.  

11. Meet The Local

In Bologna, everyone is friendly. It was common for us to get a hug or two while we shopped.  

12. Bologna Food Tours

We ate until our heart’s content in Bologna, and the best way to get acquainted with Bologna cuisine is to take a food tour. 

13. Ferrari Museum

Ferrari is such a huge part of the culture that there are actually 2 ferrari museums. One in Modena and one in Marinello.  

14. Auto Dromo Di Modena

Once you’ve had your fill of seeing Ferraris, go to the Auto Dromo di Modena to drive a racing Ferrari around the track with a professional driver.  

15. Cycling Maranello

Vineyards are everywhere in Emilia Romagna, it’s natural for families to have their own fine wine on hand.  

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