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When it comes to cities, Italy has a lot to boast about. Capital, Rome and romantic Venice usually spring to mind first – and rightly so with architecture to marvel at, ancient history and waterways perfect for any romanticist, but these are cities that sell themselves. So, instead, we’re taking you to two cities that deserve a bit of attention – Bologna and Florence.
If you’re a foodie, then you’ll not be disappointed in Bologna. Arguably the culinary capital of Italy, there are so many foods! Think traditional, authentic Italian recipes and step it up a notch. From the perfect Ragu Bolognaise and Lasagne to lesser-known dishes such as Tigelle and Tortellacci . And we haven’t even gotten started on the desserts; be sure to try Zuppa Inglese!
There’s plenty to do too; take a stroll to the Basilica of San Petronio, said to be the tenth largest church in the world. Don’t miss Piazza Maggiore either; it’s the perfect place to wander around by foot.
Bologna is well-connected and located between the north and south of the country, it’s somewhat considered the ‘gateway’ to Italy, opening up other cities, beach breaks or a trip to the lakes.
No visit would be complete without a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. This ancient bridge could well be the most recognisable bridge in the whole of Italy. Filled with little shops and stalls, the market’s a bustling place that will give you a real flavour for the life here. Make sure you take a wander along the River Arno before or after too; you’ll get some great photo opportunities of Ponte Vecchio there.
If you’re feeling strong, we also recommend climbing Giotto’s Campanile. With around 450 steps, make sure you’re feeling fit before you start heading up.
If you don’t quite fancy the climb, take a wander around and inside it – with hundreds of years of history, it’s a must-see. Next to Giotto’s Campanile is Florence Cathedral and bustling Piazza della Signoria to explore.
We could talk about Florence all day – there’s just so much to see and do! From winding, cobbled streets, impressive bars and cafes to an array of piazzas and an interesting history, one visit just isn’t enough!
WHY NOT COMBINE BEACH AND CITY?
It’s super easy to combine multiple cities or a beach and city break on a trip here – so if you can’t choose, just visit them all!
If you’ve been inspired to take a trip to Italy, get in touch with us today.