Welcome to Bologna, home of the world’s oldest continually operating university, not one but two "leaning towers," and some of the best food in Italy. Many tourists overlook this historic city in favor of Italy's other highlights—but Bologna is a can't-miss for culinary hounds and anyone who appreciates the artistry of grand Italian churches. Find out what to do, see, and eat below.
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Kimkim travelers can cover all of the city’s bases and explore the region as well. Start with a food tour and class where you can learn to make the city’s famed pasta Bolognese, or venture afield to taste all three of the area’s famous products. Speed it up in the Motor Valley where you can tour and test drive at the Lamborghini and Ferrari Museums, or slow down your tempo at the home of famous tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
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Italy's culture is renowned across the globe, which is why it's the 5th most visited country in the world. Go beyond the typical tourist attractions and dive deeper into Italian culture. Visit bustling food markets, discover traditional music, join the locals for an afternoon Apertivo, and take an art class. Ditch the crowds of Venice and explore its islands, or take a break from shopping to learn the secrets behind Milan's fashionista reputation. Make the most of your trip by truly experiencing the authentic Italian culture!
Italy is a food haven with some of the world's favorite dishes, like the signature Neapolitan pizza, fresh pesto pasta from the Italian Riviera, lemon-infused delicacies of Sorrento, and various seafood dishes in the south. And no trip to Italy is complete without tasting wine and gelato! Enjoy perusing through local markets, attending culinary workshops, partaking in traditions like evening Apertivos, and exploring the country's famous "Food Valley."
Take a trip through the food and wine region of Emilia-Romagna with this 5-day itinerary. Delve deep into Bologna's historic city center, visiting the iconic university and the Quadrilatero district. Spend a day in Parma to learn about the production processes of prosciutto and Parmigiano Reggiano and, of course, taste the final products. Learn from an Italian chef in Milan as you prepare fresh pasta and mix cocktails at a guided cooking class.
Visit northern Italy's historic cities of Bologna, Parma and Milan over 6 days. Italian food and wine are highly respected and valued around the world. You will taste some of the finest of these products, including meats, cheeses, and fresh homemade pasta, on this trip. These cities are also known for their important architecture, cathedrals, and piazzas, so you will have plenty to tour while working up your appetite for local delicacies!
Italians are deservedly proud of their food and wine culture- discover why on this seven-day trip. Taste Parma prosciutto and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Wander the markets and drink full-bodied red wines in Bologna. Enjoy aperitivo time in Milan as you learn how to mix classic cocktails from local experts and explore the city on your own from Piazza Duomo. Escape the city (but not incredible cuisine) for a day, and visit the beautiful Lake Como with a local guide.
This 8-day trip is perfect for travelers who want a packed itinerary but don't have tons of time. Explore Bologna's culinary delights, from traditional Parmeggiano Reggiano cheese to local prosciutto, then head to Florence to see pieces by top Renaissance artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Machiavelli. In Tuscany, visit medieval villages, sip on full-bodied Chianti, and relax in sun-filled plazas overlooking rolling hills. End the trip in Rome to see the Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, and try your hand at making the perfect pizza.
Sample both Grecian and Italian fare on this two-week itinerary as you explore everything from Rome's busy piazzas to Santorini's beaches. You'll start your trip in Greece for equal parts culinary and archaeological education, with stops at the Acropolis and family-owned olive farms. From Crete, catch a flight to Bologna in Italy's Emilia Romagna region for local Parma ham and parmesan, before eating and drinking your way south through Florence to the capital city of Rome.
With 8 days to spend, eat and drink the best food and wine in Italy. Spend time learning about the production of and tasting fresh tortellini and prosciutto in Bologna, as well as exploring the 11th-century University of Bologna. Go wine tasting in the countryside near romantic Verona and explore its Roman Old Town. Try your hand at cooking fresh noodles and preparing other typical Italian dishes and refreshing cocktails in Milan.
Jewish history is of fundamental importance for Italian cultural heritage, and nearly every city in Italy can trace back their Jewish communities. Spend 9 days exploring the synagogues, ghettos, old cemeteries, and more to explore this rich culture. See the San Sabba concentration camp in Trieste, explore Venice's medieval ghetto and view ancient Hebrew texts in Bologna.
If sitting on a Tuscan hillside winery with a glass of Chianti, kneading fresh pizza dough, and seeing the Sistine Chapel sound like a good way to spend nine days—look no further, because this packed itinerary is for you. Start in Bologna to see the 11th-century university and stuff yourself full of Parmeggiano cheese, prosciutto, and Ragu alla Bolognese. Continue to Florence to see Michelangelo's 'David' in the Uffizi Gallery, then spend a day drinking Chianti like the Romans do in Tuscany. Finish in Rome to see the Galleria Borghese and Colosseum before becoming best friends with your perfectly handmade Italian pizza.
On this 9-day food and wine itinerary, indulge in Italy's best regional produce. You'll start in Bologna and Parma sampling the high-quality cured meats and cheeses sold in bustling markets, as well as exploring iconic buildings and piazzas. Move on to the foodie-friendly city of Mila and, wander the Navigli District, enjoying aperitivos with locals along the canals. Take a day trip out to Lake Como for a relaxing tour of the villages and a boat ride. End your trip in the Piedmont region, origin of the Slow Food movement, and go on a full-day wine tasting experience in the Langhe Hills.
Indulge in the best of the Mediterranean region's food and wine on this comprehensive three-week getaway. Start the trip in Athens, home to both the famed Acropolis and the bustling Varvakios Market. Spend a few days island-hopping for winery tours and some of the world's best olive oil, before catching a flight to the south of Italy. Enjoy the best of Italy's cuisine, from pizza in Naples to parmesan in Bologna as you eat and drink your way through the country.
Embark on a week-long culinary journey through Bologna, Tuscany, and Rome, savoring the best in Italy's regional produce and wine. Treat your taste buds to Parmigiano Reggiano and prosciutto in Parma, then head to Florence for, culture, Chianti, and Bistecca alla Fiorentina. A masterclass in the perfect Pizza Romana and aperitivo in the shadow of the Pantheon completes your small but perfectly formed trip.
Savor the highlights of Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, and Lazio with this foodie trip that begins in Bologna for the best in regional cheese and prosciutto. Then, it's off to explore Florence's Renaissance gems and sample artisan olive oil and focaccia. Sip Chianti and tour hilltop towns laden with vineyards before perfecting your pizza-making skills in Rome, where you'll step back in time to explore the city's extraordinary ancient ruins and taste the perfect gelato.
For most travelers, 7 to 10 days are the perfect amount of time for a trip with stops in Rome, Bologna, and Florence. Travelers with less time can hit the highlights in six days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Venice and the Amalfi Coast. Get inspired with our trip ideas below.
Eat and drink your way through the incredible cuisine of Northern Italy on this 7-day tour. Explore the 11th-century university and covered porticos in Bologna, indulge your taste buds with visits to prosciutto and parmesan producers, and stay in a quiet medieval town in the Emilia Romagna countryside. End the trip in the Valpolicella wine region for a full-day wine tour and cooking class.
Earn your Italian food and wine stripes in just 10 days with this northern Italy itinerary tailor-made for foodies. Dive into the Emilia-Romagna region's culinary treasures, discover the historic charm of Verona amid renowned vineyards, master pasta and cocktails in Milan, and savor Turin's street food with a local guide, indulging in regional delights like agnolotti pasta.
Embark on the ultimate Italian food and wine tour as you uncover the secrets to delicious pesto in Genoa, sample the best of Emilia-Romagna's pasta, and savor artisanal cheeses and prosciutto in Bologna. Tour medieval Siena's foodie hotspots and wine taste your way through the hills of Chianti and Val d'Orcia, then save room for some southern Italian cuisine as you master the art of pizza making in Naples.
Eat like royalty, drink like a Roman, and explore Italy's top cultural and historic sites on this packed 11-day trip. Start in Bologna and explore the 11th-century university and the covered porticos which line the streets. Indulge your taste buds with the local Parmigiano Reggiano and mortadella, then continue to Florence to see the iconic Duomo and Galleria dell'Accademia, which houses Michelangelo's 'David'. Pair handmade chocolate Foccacia with a glass of chilled Prosecco and the rolling Tuscan countryside for a perfect afternoon delight. End in Rome to see the Galleria Borghese & Sistine Chapel and spend lazy afternoons trying every single flavor of gelato.
Over 11 days, taste the best of Italian food and wine. Begin in Bologna with open-air markets and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Venetian palaces and gondolas await you in Venice alongside delicious cuisine. Then, head to Casa di Giulietta in Verona to see the inspiration for Romeo & Juliet's love story, before going wine tasting in the Piedmont countryside. Try Barolo and Barbaresco wines, and sample regional cheeses.
Is twelve days enough time to try every single gelato flavor? Likely not—but you can try your best with this food-centric tour of Italy. Start in Bologna, where artisanal cheese, cured ham, and medieval architecture dominate the scene. Then, head to Florence and visit a perfect Tuscan winery before soaking in the sunshine of the Amalfi Coast. End your trip in Rome, with nightlife, the iconic city highlights, and plenty of pizza.
This 15-day itinerary is our most comprehensive culinary tour through Italy, from a Venice street food excursion to wine tasting in Tuscany's medieval vineyards. You'll visit Bologna for medieval churches, aged cheese, and cured Parma ham, spend four days relaxing on the sunny Amalfi Coast, and end your trip in Rome, where the Vatican City, Colosseum, and the perfect cappuccino await.
Experience Italy's famous food and wine scene with this 12-day itinerary. Tour grand piazzas in Bologna while working up your appetite for regional delicacies, eat cicchetti in Venice and visit Europe's largest open-air market, Porta Palazzo. Delve deep into Roman history and wine making in Verona, and get your apron on to prepare a traditional Italian meal at a cooking class in Milan.
Follow the highlights of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region for more than two weeks with this itinerary. The region encapsulates the Italian experience, spanning from the peaks of the Alps through vineyards and down to seaside towns to give you a full panorama of culture, nature, and cuisine.
If you like eating and think thirteen is a lucky number, then we've got the trip for you! Start in Venice, the "City of Water", and explore the Grand Canal with a ride on a gondola. Sample Parmigiano-Reggiano, local prosciutto, and explore medieval architecture in Bologna, then head to Tuscany to see Renaissance-era art in Florence and spend a sunny afternoon with a glass of local Chianti. Explore the steep cliffside wineries, turquoise water, and lemon groves of the Amalfi Coast before ending your trip in metropolitan Rome at the Galleria Borghese & Sistine Chapel, and exploring bohemian Trastevere in a full-day food & wine tour.
This 13-day itinerary will leave you feeling like a local, as you discover and become expert in great food and wine in Northern Italy. Begin with a guided tour through the markets in Bologna and taste handmade tortellini pasta and sweet treats. In Venice, spend a self-guided day on the lagoon islands of Murano and Burano, then go wine tasting in Verona and the Piedmont countryside. Take a cooking class and mix aperitivo cocktails in Milan before rounding off your culinary adventure in Turin with a street food walking tour.
Over 14 days, eat and drink your way through northern Italy with this sumptuous food and wine-focused itinerary. Visit Parma and discover prosciutto crudo and parmigiano reggiano. Sample Venetian cicchetti and watch the sunset over the Ponte dell'Accademia, then savor the fine wines of Valpolicella and Piedmont. Complete your gastronomic odyssey with cioccolato and street food in Turin and a Milanese masterclass in pasta. Buon appetito!
One of Italy's biggest attractions has always been its food, and you can sample plenty of it over the course of these two weeks. You'll relax by the seaside, walk through former Roman cities, and hike over mountains as you make your way to various tasting and art experiences to satisfy all of your sense.
From Crete's rocky hillsides to the rolling farmlands of Tuscany's heartland, this 10-day itinerary delivers top destinations in both Greece and Italy — and leaves you hungry for more. Start the trip in bustling Rome, where archaeological sites and quiet neighborhood gelaterias compete for your attention. Continue north to Florence and Bologna for Chianti and Parma ham, then catch a flight to the Greek islands where wineries and ocean-view sunsets abound.
Most travelers will find that 14 to 15 days is perfect for a well-paced Italy trip with stops in Venice, Rome, Bologna, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 12 or 13 days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Naples or Siena. Get inspired with the below itinerary ideas that include Venice, Rome, Bologna, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast.
Italians are extremely proud of their food and wine and, with this 11-day itinerary, you'll find out why! Cook fresh pasta with a local chef in Verona, and escape the city for a day to the tranquil Lake Garda. Visit the iconic frescoes at the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua and enjoy a delectable tasting of local Italian extra virgin olive oil. Discover the waterways and canals in Treviso and Venice. Sample prosecco on a day trip to bubbly wineries near Valdobbiadene, and eat Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in the city of Parma.
Indulge in a 14-day culinary odyssey across Italy's foodie hotspots. Begin in Venice with local cicchetti, and venture to Bologna for 11th-century architecture and the best parmigiano and prosciutto. Admire Florence's Renaissance masterpieces and savor Tuscan Chianti with traditional farm-to-table fare. Conclude your trip in Rome and the Amalfi Coast, where you'll master the art of Neapolitan pizza and savor the Eternal City's famous street food and pasta dishes.
Take a 12-day trip and taste the best food and wine Northern Italy has to offer! Learn how to make fresh pasta and regional dishes in Verona and relax on Lake Garda, enjoying a guided tour and boat ride. From Padua, visit local wineries and spend a day in Venice at your own pace. Wander the Old Town of Treviso, exploring the medieval walled city and its cathedrals. Last but not least, Bologna's bustling markets and traditional tortellini await you at the end of your trip.
Off-the-Beaten-Path Greece & Italy Road Trip: Lake Garda, Bologna, Tuscany, Olympia, Nafplio, & More - 21 Days
Explore the back roads and small villages that characterize the countrysides of both Italy and Greece on this three-week road trip. You'll visit well-known highlights, like Florence, charming Tuscan hill towns, and the first Olympic site in Olympia, as well as some places a bit off the beaten path: Romeo and Juliet's Verona, the medieval villages of the Peloponnese, the wineries of Nemea, and more. With full control of the daily driving schedule, you'll have time to plan for spontaneous stops for coffee, for shopping at roadside markets, and for late-afternoon beach breaks.
Discover the best of Italy's northern regions, starting in the medieval city of Florence, with guided walking tours and wine tastings in Tuscany. Make your way through San Marino and the coastal cities of Riccione and Ravena before heading into Emilia-Romagna for a culinary exploration through Bologna and Parma. Take a cooking class and learn how to identify wine with a sommelier, then enjoy exploring the extravagant shores of Lake Como and the fashion-focused streets of Milan.
Explore Northern Italy's cities and landscapes in this packed five-day trip. Start in Milan, the fashion, culture, and business capital of Italy, to see the 16th-century Royal Palace-turned-art museum and enjoy the buzzing nightlife at the Navigli canals. Continue to Lake Como to enjoy a day on the lake and a trip on the funicular to see views of the snow-capped Alps. End in Bologna and Turin to explore medieval churches, the National Cinema Museum, and endless cafés and aperitivo bars.
From high in the Dolomites to the shores of Lake Como, romance is in the air on this unforgettable Italian honeymoon. In just 11 days you'll visit four of northern Italy's most spectacular locales, starting in the mountain resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo. With a private driver at your service, you can forget about the logistics and focus on making memories: touring the atmospheric canals of Venice, hiking between fishing villages in the Cinque Terre, and cruising past stately villas and stunning scenery on Lake Como.
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