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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…
Top Choice Church in Bologna

Basilica di San Petronio

Bologna's hulking Gothic basilica is the world's 15th-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, loo…
Top Choice Church in Bologna

Abbazia 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 Italian in Bologna

Osteria dell'Orsa

If you were to make a list of the great wonders of Italy, hidden amid Venice’s canals and Rome’s Colosseum would be cheap, pretension-free osterie (casual taverns) like Osteria dell'Orsa, where the food is serially …
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 Osteria in Bologna

All'Osteria Bottega

At this osteria 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, pork shank in red …
Gelateria in Bologna

La Sorbetteria Castiglione

A beloved Bologna institution since 1994, this temple to gelati is a bit peripheral to the centre but well worth the walk for decadently creamy flavours like pistachio or gianduia (chocolate mixed with hazelnuts).
Ristorante in Bologna

Osteria de' Poeti

In the wine cellar of a 14th-century palazzo, this historic eatery makes an atmospheric spot to delve into Bologna's much-lauded cuisine. Take a table by the stone fireplace and order from the selection of tradition…
Trattoria in Bologna

Trattoria del Rosso

The Rosso, said to be the city's oldest trattoria, is a great example of what they do so well in Bologna. A bustling, workaday eatery, it serves healthy portions of home-style local fare at honest prices and without…
Live Music in Bologna

Bravo Caffè

Hosting the university district's most dependable and varied mix of live music, Bravo begins nightly operations as a resto-bar with homemade Bolognese specialities and a 300-label wine cellar, then moves into club m…