Bologna, Italy

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Italy is known worldwide for serving up some of the best dishes on the planet. Yet within Italy, you’ll find foodie hot-spots that dish out the very best of the best.

Bologna, Italy is one of those cities.

A place where travelers go to truly taste what Italy has to offer. This isn’t just my opinion. Even an italian chef told us, “You go to Florence to see art. You go to Bologna to EAT.”

So of course, we had to go there.

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Bologna was actually the first stop on our adventure through northern Italy this summer. We spent two days perusing street markets, tasting local specialties, and learning a few tricks of the trade from local chefs.

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A few of the Emilia-Romagna regional specialties produced in and around Bologna, Italy include:

  • Prosciutto di Parma
  • Mortadella
  • Egg Pastas and Stuffed Pastas such as Tagliatelle, Tortelli and Tortelloni
  • Parmiggiano-Reggiano
  • Modena Balsamic Vinegar
  • Bolognese Sauce (Ragu)
  • Lambrusco Wine
  • Almond Cookies

So you can see, the Bolognese take the art of preparing (and enjoying) food very seriously.

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Our friends at helped us plan our trip around what is important to us. They set up the most amazing cooking class at a culinary school in Bologna.

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Honestly, when we walked in we didn’t know what to expect. Yet the moment we started cooking, we knew we were in for a fun and educational experience.

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We spent several hours honing our pasta making skills at the only culinary school that teaches traditional egg pasta techniques in all of Italy.

Of course, it’s in Bologna. Where else would it be?

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A chef taught us the art of rolling and stretching the pasta dough by hand (because in Bologna any other method is considered sacrilege) and how to know when the dough was the right texture for tagiatelle, as opposed to tortellini.

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I wasn’t sure how the kids would respond to our serious cooking class.

However, it turned out to be one of their highlights of our trip.

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Training under a real italian chef, in Italy no less, next to real culinary students, was something they say they will remember forever.

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Ok… we didn’t just eat and make pasta in Bologna, Italy. We saw a few sites as well.

Due to the fact that we were eating so much, we made sure the sites we visited involved a little exercise.

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We walked through Piazza Maggiore.

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We shopped the medieval markets of Quadrilatero.

Torre Asinelli and Torre Garisenda

We climbed almost 500 winding steps to the top of Torre Asinelli overlooking the leaning Torre Garisenda.

View - Torre Asinelli and Torre Garisenda

Here’s the view down on Torre Garisenda.

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And here’s the view of Bologna from the top of Torre Asinelli.

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And we walked the longest portico in the world (3.8 kilometers up) to the top of San Luca.

Even on a cloudy day, the view was spectacular.

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Although we were jet-lagged and disoriented those first couple days in Italy, we enjoyed our time in Bologna.

The people are warm, the culture is rich, and the food is beyond amazing!

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13 comments on “Bologna, Italy

  1. homeiaposted December 27, 2017 at 11:02 pm Reply

    The pictures are incredible!

    Rating: 5
  2. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted September 12, 2014 at 9:34 am Reply

    Your trip continues to amaze me. So beautiful. And that cooking class…so much fun!!

  3. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted September 10, 2014 at 5:45 pm Reply

    This is amazing. I love their orange hats. I’ve been wondering if my 13 year old will enjoy a trip to Italy/France or if he’d be kind of bored. I’d be so upset to take him all the way there and then see pre-teen attitude, you know?? Beautiful pics!

  4. Amandaposted September 10, 2014 at 11:54 am Reply

    What an incredible trip!!! Pinning this for future reference!! :)

  5. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted September 10, 2014 at 6:24 am Reply

    I love that you guys did the cooking class! The pictures are incredible!

  6. LyndaSposted September 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm Reply

    What incredible memories your children will have of that trip. Bologna looks like a great travel destination for both foodies and families.

  7. Shainaposted September 9, 2014 at 10:46 am Reply

    This looks like an incredible experience, and that pasta class! I’m sure it will be one your children remember forever.

  8. Andiposted September 9, 2014 at 9:38 am Reply

    I just got back from Italy in May, my 6th trip, but I have not been to Bologna yet, that needs to go on the list for next time! I love doing food related activities and tours when I travel and the class looks like a lot of fun!

  9. Rachelleposted September 9, 2014 at 7:35 am Reply

    One of my favorite food cities! The walk to San Luca is so long, I think it was created to pay penance for all the pasta and gelato consumed. ;)

    Enjoyed your post!

  10. Deborahposted September 9, 2014 at 7:30 am Reply

    Your whole trip – such a dream!! I love the colors, and the food is calling to me!