Cheap flights to Bologna
Bologna is Italy’s secret gem. It might not be as visited as the likes of Rome, Venice or Florence, but this medieval city is every bit as enticing, and with a reputation for having the best food in Italy, is well worth a visit.
A Roman street plan complete with perfectly preserved red brick medieval buildings and more than 35 kilometres of arcades make this city one of the most atmospheric in Europe. And when you’re not gawping at the Old Town you’ll be straining your neck to get a glimpse of the 13th century tower blocks that still stand.
Pick up some original 1950s-70s style from Formes Utiles and add a touch of vintage to your everyday life. Brightly coloured retro jewellery, jugs, radios, clocks and other household items all in working order are on sale at this cute little shop (30A Via San Felice, tel: 051 223 009).
Inaugurated just last year, the Museum of the History of Bologna (Museo della Storia di Bologna) gives a fascinating insight into many unexpected features of the city. Interactive multimedia displays bring the local traditions and dialect, the music and the hidden waterways, to life (Palazzo Pepoli, 8 Via Castiglione, tel: 051 1993 6370).
Take bus No.52 from Piazza Cavour to one of Bologna's attractive hillside parks, Parco Cavaioni. There's an informal all-day cafe-restaurant in the beautifully renovated farmhouse and spacious grassy banks for sunbathing and picnics (1 Via Cavaioni, tel: 051 589 419, ca-shin.com).