Arrive in Milan, and take a private transfer to Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region and a center of Italian gastronomy. Check into your hotel, the luxurious Art Hotel Corona d'Oro. This 14th-century palace is located in the historic city center.
Just a few steps away from the hotel, you can explore the Piazza Maggiore, where the locals love to gather. Stop at a cafe or explore the splendid Basilica of San Petronio, one of the world’s largest basilicas. Spend the afternoon relaxing, and discover Bologna at your own pace. You might take a walk through the medieval quarter, or maybe even stroll through the colonnaded arcades of Bologna University, Europe’s oldest higher-learning institution. For dinner, you will be treated to an authentic meal at Al Sangiovese, where you can sample the local specialty of egg-pasta tagliatelle with bolognese sauce, a rich and satisfying meat ragu.