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.
Sign up for a course at Vecchia Scuola Bolognese to learn some of the secrets behind the famous local cuisine in a light-hearted but professional context. You also get to enjoy a tasty lunch you'll have made yourself (11 Via Galliera, 051 649 1576, lavecchiascuola.com).
The annual Future Film Festival (1-6 April, futurefilmfestival.org/en) is an international event dedicated to cinema, animation and new technologies. Later in the month, the Live Arts Week (8-13 April, liveartsweek.it/eng/hom) has a busy programme of performances, installations and unusual examples of creativity mostly held at MAMbo, Bologna's modern art museum.
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).