Bologna – the food capital of Italy


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Bologna is known as the food capital of Italy and it lives up to its reputation. This gem in northern Italy, in the province of Emilia-Romagna, has been cherished for its culinary offerings, science and art for centuries. The city attracts art lovers with the paintings of great artists and architecture fans with marvellous palaces and churches. The oldest university in Europe is also in Bologna. 

You can explore the beautiful terracotta-coloured city by walking along the iconic colonnades (i Portici). The Bolognese colonnades are nearly 40 km long which makes them the longest in Italy and the world.

Finnair's direct flights to Bologna will conveniently take you to your fascinating holidays in about 3 hours.

Bologna's attractions and tips for outings

Enjoy Bologna's world-famous food offerings 

Tortelloni, tortellini, lasagne, tagliatelle al ragù… Bologna is a paradise for pasta lovers. You won't find spaghetti bolognese in Bologna, but countless other delicious pasta creations from authentic restaurants where locals also enjoy dining. 

Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena (approx. 45 min by car from Bologna) 

Go on a day trip to this must-visit museum! The building itself is quite impressive: the bright yellow roof is inspired by the Ferrari bonnet and the entrance façade comprises of a large glittering glass surface. The museum sheds light on Ferrari's founder's personal story and life work. It also showcases Ferrari models from several decades in a large exhibition space. You can find out what car models were chosen by some of world-famous Hollywood stars. 

The Asinelli Tower- Admire the city from above 

Built during the Middle Ages, Garisenda and Asinelli towers are the symbols of Bologna. Climb the 498 steps up to the top of the Asinelli Tower (97 meters high) and stunning views of Bologna will greet you. 


You can enjoy the medieval atmosphere in the old market in the Quadrilatero. Visit cosy cafes, handicraft shops and food stalls and find special souvenirs to take home.

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