1. Piazza Maggiore (grand square)

2. Basilica of San Petronio (visit alla terrazza panoramica for a great view on top of Basilica of San Petronio for only €3)

3. Neptune Statue (the trident logo of the Maserati car company is based on the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna Piazza Maggiore.)

4. Piazza Santo Stefano (intimate square with the medieval towers)

5. Torre  Asinelli (tallest medieval tower, 11 century) and Torre Garisnda (leaning medieval tower)

7. Archiginnasio of Bologna (oldest university of the western world)

8. Hike to the top of San Luca and visit the sanctuary of the Basilica of San Luca, under the longest portico in the world (3.8 km and 666 arcades)

9. Visit the Museum of the History of Bologna, housed inside Palazzo Pepoli, the old residence of one of the most important families in medieval Bologna. This museum traces the entire history of Bologna, from the Etruscan settlement known as Felsina to Roman Bononia to the height of its power during the Middle Ages and on through modern times.




1. Cafe Gamberini (coffee and treats)

2. Osteria Dell Orsa (Italian restaurant, try their Tagliatella Al Ragu) 

3. La Sorbetteria Castiglione (try their famous gelato)

4. Finnish off the day with an apreitivo at one of the many bars of the city center. A popular drink is the spritz, a drinkoriginating in the Venteto  made with Prosecco and Aperol.




1. Signatutre Bolognese sauce ragu

2. Tortellini (hand made pasta)

3. Tagliatelle (hand made pasta)

4. Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

5. Local wines

6. Prosciutto

7. Balsamic vinegar of Modena


Bologna, Italy, in 24 hours.