Besides its medieval roads, Renaissance palaces, monumental squares and maze of porticos (the longest in the world), Bologna is home to a renowned ancient university.
The city also stands out for its rich network of museums, such as the Pinacoteca Nazionale (the national art gallery of Bologna), the MAMbo - Museum of Modern Art, the MAST foundation, and singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla’s house. Last but not least, Bologna hides breathtaking treasures like “Compianto sul Cristo Morto” (Lamentation over the Dead Christ) by Niccolò dell’Arca, a terracotta group in the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita.
Bologna is also known all over the world for its cinematic history thanks to the Cineteca film archive and Il Cinema Ritrovato, a movie festival that presents a selection of classic films restored.
Outside the city, Rocchetta Mattei is a fortress that seems to have come straight out of One Thousand and One Nights. Here you will find yourself surrounded by nature: take the ancient routes known as Via degli Dei (video) and Via della Lana e della Seta to either reach the Apennines or the protected natural area with Oasi La Rizza, a former paddy field located in Bentivoglio.
Then there is Dozza, a picturesque hamlet a few miles away from Imola which preserves the wine heritage of the whole Emilia-Romagna region in its Enoteca Regionale.
Food is not just about taste, but also about culture and tradition. Foodies will fall in love with the Gelato Museum Carpigiani, the historical markets in the city centre and FICO Eataly World - the world’s largest food park.