Win a glorious weekend in Bologna
You could experience the delicious food, rich culture and fascinating history of the Northern Italian city
Win a two night break in sumptuous Bologna in Emilia Romagna, Northern Italy: the home of mortadella and ragu, including your own personal cooking class to teach you how to make pasta and avoid the very British mistake that is 'spaghetti bolognese'.
Bologna is a world-renowned cultural treasure and a UNESCO world heritage city; it offers visitors a wide range of attractions, from archaeology and gastronomy to urban trekking and stunning modern art. Tourists can even stay the night at one of the region’s spectacular medieval castles.
Become a connoisseur of the region, discovering authentic balsamic vinegar and delectable Parma ham, and explore the foodie wonderland within the city itself and walk among the old deli markets in the 'Il Quadrilatero' area, where the ancient trade guilds were once based. A path form the impressive Piazza Maggiore leads you through the narrow, aromatic alleys of the old medieval market with the characteristic 'dens' overflowing with goods and bustling with traders while hungry customers try to resist temptation.
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Bologna is one of the top wealthiest cities in Italy and was named the European capital of culture in 2006. It has a chequered history, being key to the resistance movement in World War II and later enduring riots and a nasty bombing involving major loss of lives. It is a city which thrives on education and is inundated with students, many of whom attend the University of Bologna known to be the oldest in Europe. It is also a very beautiful city with a well preserved historical centre, medieval towers, antique buildings and churches, loads of towers and lengthy porticoes. With loads of eating places and divine local dishes (Spaghetti Bolognese comes from Bologna) food, music and history - what more could one ask from a city!
Smaller and more compact than Rome, packed with wonderful medieval history, tragic modern day events, incredible food, heavenly music and pragmatic funny warm people, Bologna is my favourite city in Italy. Get to know her for yourself.