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Emilia Romagna

title: Ancient Ruins by the Garden of Montagnola

Ancient Ruins by the Garden of Montagnola

On holiday in Bologna, or any other Italian city, you would enjoy visiting a trattoria, which usually has no menu and a very casual service. This would be an interesting cultural experience.

title: Two Towers of Bologna from Below

Two Towers of Bologna from Below

The two towers, the Asinelli and the Garisenda Towers of Bologna, are the ultimate main attraction to visit which act as a symbol of the historic city.

title: Old Historic Site Near Slightly More Modern Bridge

Old Historic Site Near Slightly More Modern Bridge

The Pincio Montagnola staircase entrance to the lovely Montagnola Park was founded in the late 19th century and designed by artists Azzolini and Muggia.

title: Cute Fluffy Dog on a Leach in Bologna

Cute Fluffy Dog on a Leach in Bologna

When you visit Bologna during the holidays, be sure to explore every inch of their culinary heritage and regional cuisine! Olive oil is a very popular and frequently used healthy, natural ingredient in Italian cooking and often replaces butter or animal fat.

title: The Medieval Basilica di San Domenico in Bologna

The Medieval Basilica di San Domenico in Bologna

The San Domenico Basilica has a beautifully simple Romanesque style façade that overlooks the square. This church was the main model that many Dominican churches around the world were designed after.

title: Portrait Photos of Military Men on the Interior Walls of Church

Portrait Photos of Military Men on the Interior Walls of Church

The Basilica di Santo Stefano is actually linked to three other churches. It is one of the most beautiful religious complexes in the world and one of the most beautiful landmarks Bologna has to offer.

title: Magnificent Aerial View of Piazza Maggiore and Basilica San Petrino

Magnificent Aerial View of Piazza Maggiore and Basilica San Petrino

The Basilica di San Petronio is located on the 13th century main square of Italy, the Piazza Maggiore, along with several other landmarks.

title: Lovely Bologna and Traditional Architecture

Lovely Bologna and Traditional Architecture

There are sometimes flea markets taking place at the Santo Stefano square that some may find interesting to visit while on vacation in Bologna.

title: Yummy Plain Sugar Glazed Mini Donuts at the Buffet in Bologna  Italy

Yummy Plain Sugar Glazed Mini Donuts at the Buffet in Bologna, Italy

Italian osterias, the most casual type of restaurant in Italy, are ideal for a really cheap lunch with the very generous portions for the entire family to enjoy. This is the ultimate lunch destination if you are on a budget on vacation.

title: The Beautiful Historic Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca in the Natural Hill Landscape of Bologna

The Beautiful Historic Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca in the Natural Hill Landscape of Bologna

The popular Fontana di Nettuno is situated in the eponymous square, Piazza Nettuno, which is located right next to the famous Piazza Maggiore of Bologna.

title: Cloudy Blue Sky of Bologna in the Summer Time over an Earthy Architecture

Cloudy Blue Sky of Bologna in the Summer Time over an Earthy Architecture

Forget your diet when you tour Italy over the holidays! Try a delicious pizza at a local trattoria in Bologna.

title: Arca di San Domenico at St Domenico Basilica

Arca di San Domenico at St Domenico Basilica

St. Dominic’s remains are buried inside the shrine known as the Arca di San Domenico by the Basilica in Bologna.

title: Anicent Old Ruins of a Building near the Montagnola Park in Bologna  Italy

Anicent Old Ruins of a Building near the Montagnola Park in Bologna, Italy

Nothing says winter like a huge bowl of golden tagliatelle with a rich and creamy sauce accompanied with fresh Italian porcini mushrooms and a large glass of red wine.

title: Lovely Old Bridge Architecture in Bologna  Italy

Lovely Old Bridge Architecture in Bologna, Italy

The colourful fruit and vegetable stands in the markets of Bologna are a great way to attract customers!

title: Bronze Garibaldi Statue on Horse in Bologna  Italy

Bronze Garibaldi Statue on Horse in Bologna, Italy

Because of Bologna’s remarkably rich cuisine, it is commonly nicknamed La Grassa; the fat one or the bountiful.

title: Spiraling Stairs to the Top of Asinelli Tower of Bologna

Spiraling Stairs to the Top of Asinelli Tower of Bologna

The Twin Towers are one of the city’s most famous landmarks; they act as the main symbol of Bologna. The Torre degli Asinelli and Torre dei Garisenda were both constructed in the 12th century and are considered among the tallest towers in the city.

title: Church Altar and Jesus on the Cross inside Basilica di Santo Stefano in Bologna  Italy

Church Altar and Jesus on the Cross inside Basilica di Santo Stefano in Bologna, Italy

There is even a museum at the Santo Stefano complex in Bologna that you can visit while you are exploring the beautiful historic churches on the site.

title: Public Square and Buildings in Bologna  Italy

Public Square and Buildings in Bologna, Italy

Bologna is reputed to be the food capital of Italy, which is one of the reasons why it is known as La Grassa (The Fat One; The Bountiful).

title: Ancient Ruins by the Garden of Montagnola

Ancient Ruins by the Garden of Montagnola

The invention of pasta is seriously one of the most genius (and delicious) developments in the gastronomic world. On your vacation, be sure to order the most delectable fresh pasta drenched in a rich and flavourful sauce.

title: Landscapes and Scenery in Bologna  Italy

Landscapes and Scenery in Bologna, Italy

Italian pizzas are so generously coated with delicious fine cheese; you will never want another pizza abroad!

title: Turtles Statue Monument in the Middle of the Lake Fountain

Turtles Statue Monument in the Middle of the Lake Fountain

The Parco della Montagnola is a stunning picturesque park in Bologna filled with unique and creative statues and fountains.

title: Fountain of Huge Turtle Sculpted Out of Rock in the Parco della Montagnola

Fountain of Huge Turtle Sculpted Out of Rock in the Parco della Montagnola

There is an almost empty (half full if you are the optimistic type) circular pool in the Montagnola Public Park with an interesting stone fountain in the middle with large turtle statues.

title: Pincio Garden of Montagnola Ramps in the Park

Pincio Garden of Montagnola Ramps in the Park

Each tiny tortellini packet is handmade enclosing a perfect blend of rich flavours making each bite as succulent as the last. Gorge yourself on a delicious tortellini pasta plate deeply immersed in a rich and creamy sauce.

title: Vibrant Red Tourist Train Available for Rides

Vibrant Red Tourist Train Available for Rides

After a long morning of sightseeing, find a spot at the local trattoria in the main centre of Bologna and enjoy a delicious traditional rich Bolognese served with golden tagliatelle complemented a glass of red wine.

title: Tall Monument with Saint by the Basilica Of San Domenico

Tall Monument with Saint by the Basilica Of San Domenico

The Basilica di San Domenico in the piazza has been restored multiple times since it was constructed.

title: Sea Horse And Fallen Rider Sculpture on Fountain at Montagnola City Park

Sea Horse And Fallen Rider Sculpture on Fountain at Montagnola City Park

You can see the Pincio Montagnola from the station’s main square; this picturesque French-style architecture staircase entrance to the park is an outstanding sight to see.

title: Ancient Worn Out Memorial Placard on Church in Bologna  Italy

Ancient Worn Out Memorial Placard on Church in Bologna, Italy

The Santo Stefano Basilica is one of the most historic romantic areas of Bologna attracting a large number of tourists every year.

title: Beautiful Elaborate Designs and Carvings on a Landmark in Bologna  Italy

Beautiful Elaborate Designs and Carvings on a Landmark in Bologna, Italy

The Basilica di Santo Stefano is open to the public free of charge every day from 9 in the morning to 6:30 in the evening; however it is closed from noon to 3:30 in the afternoon.

title: Violent Lion Statue in Bologna  Italy

Violent Lion Statue in Bologna, Italy

This statue is well sculpted out of rock by an artist that is unknown to me. It depicts a carnivorous lion clearly destroying another animal.

title: Traditional Bolognese Roof Architecture Around the City

Traditional Bolognese Roof Architecture Around the City

The certosino, a famous Bolognese dessert, is definitely a unique sweet to try when on vacation in Bologna. This delicious treat is made up of a sweet bread that is filled with almonds and pine nuts, and then completely covered in several fruits.

title: Colorful Artistic Unique Peacock Bird Designed with Crochet and Ribbons

Colorful Artistic Unique Peacock Bird Designed with Crochet and Ribbons

You can buy an astonishing amount of cheese at any given time in the markets in Bologna due to the vast quantity and variety available for purchase!

title: Mermaids Fighting to the Death Statue in Bologna

Mermaids Fighting to the Death Statue in Bologna

You can see the violent rock statue of the two mermaids beautifully reflected in the lake's waters in the park, truly representing the notable violent act of one of the ladies trying to kill her opponent with a large rock!

title: Art Depicting the Results of a Disaster Near the Sea Horse Fountain at the Montagnola Park

Art Depicting the Results of a Disaster Near the Sea Horse Fountain at the Montagnola Park

One of the backdrops at the Pincio Montagnola ramps depicts a significant battle retelling the story of how the Austrians were evicted from the city after a revolution.

title: Beautiful Altar Display at the Church in Santo Stefano in Bologna  Italy

Beautiful Altar Display at the Church in Santo Stefano in Bologna, Italy

During the 20th century, many changes were made during the restorations and renovations of the Santo Stefano complex. The Seven Churches had become four.

title: The Many Branches of a Tree without Leaves

The Many Branches of a Tree without Leaves

You can find rare horse chestnut trees at the Montagnola Park in Bologna! There are so many rows of these cool trees!

title: Pretty Green Small Leaves on an Old Tree in the Park

Pretty Green Small Leaves on an Old Tree in the Park

The only problem with traditional Italian pizzas ordered IN Italy is the size! These things are relatively huge when compared with those you eat abroad!

title: Marco Minghetti Bronze Statue in Piazza Minghetti in Bologna  Italy

Marco Minghetti Bronze Statue in Piazza Minghetti in Bologna, Italy

Marco Minghetti was the Italian Prime Minister just after the mid-19th century (1863) for a year and a half. He was born in Bologna, which is why his statue lies in the historical square.

title: Rossa Bologna from the Tower

Rossa Bologna from the Tower

Pizza is one of Italy’s most celebrated and world-renowned traditional dishes! Be sure to try this at the source.

title: Colorful Paintings and Elaborate Design inside the Court of the Palace

Colorful Paintings and Elaborate Design inside the Court of the Palace

Italian cuisine is probably one of the most popular cuisines worldwide. In almost every country, you will find restaurants serving delicious Italian specialties including pasta, pizza, gelato, espresso and more!

title: Old Museum Building in the City of Bologna  Italy

Old Museum Building in the City of Bologna, Italy

You can find many delicious Bolognese specialties in the historic city including mortadella, tortellini, and so much more!

title: Lion Statue Devouring an Animal in the Park

Lion Statue Devouring an Animal in the Park

You know Italians have a passion for food due to the number of courses people have at every meal in one sitting!

title: Ancient Ruins at the Montagna Park in Bologna  Italy

Ancient Ruins at the Montagna Park in Bologna, Italy

The picturesque Parco della Montagnola is actually situated on the ancient ruins of the palace of Galliera; there still exists a large porta for the public to see.

title: Close Up of Saint James Church in Piazza Rossini

Close Up of Saint James Church in Piazza Rossini

St James Church, or San Giacomo Maggiore, was built in the 13th century. It can be found on Piazza Rossini in Bologna.

title: Safe Preserved Stairs Leading to the Top of Torre degli Asinelli

Safe Preserved Stairs Leading to the Top of Torre degli Asinelli

If you want to see the town from a high distance with the most fantastic view, then you should climb up the steps of the tallest tower in Bologna, the Asinelli Tower.

title: Medieval Ancient Spiral Staircase in Old Tower Building

Medieval Ancient Spiral Staircase in Old Tower Building

If you climb atop the Torre degli Asinelli in Bologna, you will get to experience the most beautiful view of the entire city and its lush green hills in the background.

title: Cool Lamp Shape in the Gardens of Bologna  Italy

Cool Lamp Shape in the Gardens of Bologna, Italy

Torta di riso is one of Bologna’s popular traditional desserts; it is a rice cake which is prepared differently throughout the regions of Italy.

title: Cool Assembly of Historic Buildings in Bologna

Cool Assembly of Historic Buildings in Bologna

The Archaeological Museum, also known by its former name the Death Hospital, is found at the Galvani Palace. It has many historic exhibitions featuring archaeological collections of the city of Bologna.

title: Old Ancient Arches of Building in Bologna  Italy

Old Ancient Arches of Building in Bologna, Italy

A visit to the city of Bologna in Italy is a must if you are a food lover! This city is nicknamed La Grassa, which means The Fat One. Need I say more?