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.
Over 60 works by 20th century American artist Edward Hopper, many from private collections, are on display until 24 July. The artist's use of light and the strong sense of time and place he conveys are truly remarkable. Palazzo Fava, 2 Via Manzoni, www.mostrahopper.it
For a picnic at one of Bologna's hillside parks, take Via San Mamolo away from the centre, stop for supplies at Osteria Ciccio (n°128) and follow the path into the Villa Ghigi park, just opposite. The park includes areas of woodland and orchard but it's largely made up of grassy hillsides, ideal for playing, picnicking and sunbathing. Reach the top for spectacular wide open views.
The sparkling blues, golds and greens of Ravenna's spectacular early Christian and Byzantine mosaics can be literally overwhelming. Housed in eight different basilicas and mausoleums they have, together, been recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site. (1h20 by train)
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