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Top Choice Osteria in Bologna

All'Osteria Bottega

At this Bologna institution truly worthy of the name, owners Daniele and Valeria lavish attention on every table between trips to the kitchen for plates of culatello di Zibello ham, tortellini in capon broth, Petron…
Top Choice Church in Bologna

Basilica di Santo Stefano

Bologna's most unique religious site is this atmospheric labyrinth of interlocking ecclesiastical structures, whose architecture spans centuries of Bolognese history and incorporates Romanesque, Lombard and even anc…
Top Choice Trattoria in Bologna

Tratorria di Via Serra

Book at least three weeks in advance at this seemingly unassuming trattoria in Bolognina, just a step outside the city centre. Flavio and Tommaso came down from their established destination restaurant in the mounta…
Top Choice Church in Bologna

Basilica di San Petronio

Bologna's hulking Gothic basilica is Europe's sixth-largest church, measuring 132m by 66m by 47m. Work began on it in 1390, but it was never finished and still today its main facade remains incomplete. Inside, look …
Top Choice Museum in Bologna

Museo della Storia di Bologna

Walk in a historical neophyte and walk out an A-grade honours student in Bologna’s golden past. This magnificent interactive museum, opened in 2012 and skillfully encased in the regal Palazzo Pepoli, is – in a word …
Top Choice Craft Beer in Bologna

Ranzani 13

Ditch the city centre and venture just outside the Viali (Bologna's ring road) to a distinctly unremarkable apartment block where the city's best craft-beer bar and gastropub awaits. Twelve rotating taps fuel a dele…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Bologna

Vetro

Bologna's best time: Parking yourself down with an Aperol spritz in hand among the cool kids and digital nomads at these formerly abandoned city greenhouses that have been transformed into an immensely cool and high…
Top Choice Museum in Bologna

San Colombano – Collezione Tagliavini

An absolutely stunningly restored church with original frescoes and a medieval crypt rediscovered in 2007, the San Colombano hosts a wonderful collection of over 80 musical instruments amassed by the octogenarian or…
Top Choice Trattoria in Bologna

Drogheria della Rosa

With its wooden shelves and apothecary jars, it's not difficult to picture this place as the pharmacy it once was. Nowadays it's a charming, high-end trattoria, run by a congenial owner who gets round to every table…
Tower in Bologna

Torre degli Asinelli

Bologna's two leaning towers are the city's main symbol. The taller of the two, the 97.2m-high Torre degli Asinelli, is open to the public, though it’s not advisable for the weak-kneed (there are 498 newly re-stabil…