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.
Conceived by London's V&A museum, "David Bowie is" is a true retrospective of the star's career with wacky outfits and record covers along with handwritten lyrics and insights into the real David. (MAMbo, 14 Via Don Minzoni, http://davidbowieis.it/en/, until 13 November)
Take the train to Parma (50 minutes) for elegant architecture including a lovely cathedral baptistery, art treasures in the Palazzo Pilotta gallery and most of all delicious Parma ham and Parmesan cheese at the numerous tempting delis and eateries around town.
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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