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.
Bologna's Teatro Comunale opera season includes Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, the two one-act operas sharing a programme (9-18 April); Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten (18-24 May) and Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (16-25 June). Largo Respighi 1, www.tcbo.it
Hop on a train and spend a day exploring Florence, just half an hour away. The splendours of the Tuscan city will take your breath away, but you'll be glad to leave the hordes of tourists behind and return to quieter, more authentic Bologna at the end of the day.
Take the train to Ferrara (30 mins) and explore this stunning Renaissance town. Highlights include the moated Castello Estense, which is currently hosting a major exhibition of top local 19th and 20th century artists (until 4 June) and the striking cathedral.
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