The increase of cheaper air travel and the expansion of the Eurostar have meant that it is even easier for us to get away for a short break. More and more of us are choosing to holiday over a long weekend rather than waste all our vacation time on one long holiday. Whilst this can give you the opportunity to get away more often, it can also put more pressure on you to be active and use your time well during a shorter trip.
In order to ensure you make the most of your days off we are showing you how you could spend a perfect day in Bologna, a truly beautiful and medieval city.
It all begins with charging your batteries at breakfast time and what better way to do so than at Gamberini, one of the oldest bakeries that the city has to offer. Here you will not only find some particularly strong and delicious coffee but also wonderful pastries that come in miniature sizes so you won’t feel guilty for indulging or ordering several of them.
After breakfast why not head straight to one of the city’s most famous sights, the Two Towers. It might sound like something out of a Lord of the Rings book but these towers are the symbols of Bologna, they are visible form anywhere in the city so you won’t have a hard time locating them and that adds to the fun of getting there too. You can climb the tallest tower if you are feeling up to the exercise and you’ll be rewarded with some beautiful views.
The towers should see you occupied till lunchtime at which point you can head to the food markets just off the main square, Piazza Maggiore. The market is home to mountains of delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, parma hams and fresh pastas. This is likely going to get you hungry so why not head to Tamburini, a fine restaurant where you can snack on many different types of ham, cheese and breads. Make sure you get an outside table with a glass of wine in hand for the perfect people-watching lunch.
Of course holidays are all about relaxation and what better way to do this than by putting your feet up and having a nice drink. The Italian’s love a Spritz, a drink containing Prosecco and Aperol, there couldn’t be a better way to relax in the warm weather.
If you are after a lively atmosphere then you can head to Cantina Bentivoglio, here you can listen to some jazz whilst having your drinks or dinner. These live jazz shows have become something of an institution in Bologna and are well worth your time. This is where the locals tend to go if you are after the real Bologna.
One of the main evening spots happens to be the Piazza Maggiore, this is where everyone rendezvous and it is alive with locals and tourists. At night you have the opportunity to see the beautiful cathedral and statues lit up, as well as soaking up the local performers and musicians.