Many people pass through the spotless city of Bologna on their way elsewhere, which is a shame – we think it merits a stop of at least a day. Sometimes called “Bologna the fat,” this city is a great place to indulge yourself: Many consider it to be the gastronomic capital of Italy. Local specialties include tagliatelle, the Bolognese meat sauce called ragu and handmade tortellini. And, yes, the bologna in the sandwiches of your youth was a descendant of a local delicacy, mortadella. Perhaps because of the university, Bologna is a convivial city and has much to offer in the way of nightlife. We particularly like the wine bars called cantine. Most have simple wooden tables, occasional live music, light snacks and fine wine lists. Some of the oldest cantine in Italy are to be found in Bologna, some dating to the 13th century. 65 mi/105 km north of Florence.
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Restaurants in Italy
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