Bologna was everything I hoped it would be; fascinating, filling and fun.
My mission to explore the famous cuisine of the city was a success. Tagliatelle al ragù, tortellini and tortelloni were all consumed together with plenty of parmesan cheese and the local Sangiovese. I think I actually managed to overdose on the famous local ham and sausage.
Luckily, the city’s medieval attractions saved me from a completely corpulent fate. A walk up to the top of Bologna’s highest tower will burn off any amount of pasta. An uphill walk through the 666 porticoes leading out of town to the Basilica di San Luca also does the trick.
Unfortunately, the weather was mostly cloudy the whole time so the anticipated views from said tower and Basilica didn’t materialise.
Still, I’m glad I went to Bologna in Winter rather than Summer. For one thing, there were hardly any other tourists to be found. More importantly, it’s truffle season.