Bologna, situated about halfway between Florence and Milan in Northern Italy is a haven for foodies. Aside from the fabulous architecture, churches and museums, it's considered the greatest food producing region in Italy - nick named "La Grassa" - The Fat One!
Take a seat in one of the many cafes and restaurants at the Piazza Maggiore and soak up the atmosphere along with a glass (or bottle!) of the fantastic wine from the Emilia-Romagna region and maybe some authentic Mortadella, Parmesan, Parma ham or if your wallet allows, some delicious Culatello - the most expensive cured ham, only made in the Northern part of Parma.
Visit the many food markets around to get a true taste of local life and the Mercato di Mezzo indoor market is a great place to grab a bite to eat of an evening from the stalls that sell their produce by day.
Want to step further into foodie heaven and take a cooking class or a guided tour? There are so many to choose from in Bologna, Amazing Italy Tours springs to mind for some great guided walks around the city, from watching true artisans making pasta to sampling cured meats and cheeses in Bologna's most ancient deli store...
If you'd rather just eat - try Mo Mortadella lab for a quick bite on the go from a hole in the wall style provider of the best filled ciabattas.
If you're after a special evening meal, then try Ristorante I Portici where you'll dine listening to some beautiful piano in this Michelin starred 18th century cafe chantant.
Hopefully these ideas have wet your appetite for a trip to Bologna but for a full itinerary or more in-depth advice and recommendations get in touch!