The splendor of Bologna derives from the preserved, medieval charm that is found in the running arcades, frame boutique shops, exuberant cafes, and restaurants. This city is considered the gastronomic capital of the entire Italian Peninsula. The aromas of simmering meats and indulgent cheeses drift along the cobblestone streets throughout the day and attract locals and visitors to the vendors at outdoor markets or into hidden restaurants that serve the legendary Bolognese pasta or sumptuous tortellini in a fragrant, savory broth.
Your private transfer will greet you at G. Marconi Bologna Airport upon your arrival and escort you to your luxurious hotel, where you can settle into the comforts at the center of the captivating city. Your guide will meet you in the lobby and will be eager to introduce you to the enchanting ambiance of Bologna with a private tour, beginning in the Piazza del Nettuno. The prestigious bronze statue of the sea god adorns the heart of the public square and shines with 16th-century opulence. Your guide will provide insight into the history of the city and its connection to the culinary heart of Italy as you pass the leaning Torre Garisenda, which stands 157 feet tall and leans more than 42 feet from the base to the top.
The towers across the city once acted as signs of wealth for aristocratic families and watchtowers for city defenses. The Gothic allure of the Basilica di San Petronio embodies the former power of the city and dates back to the 14th century. The interior possesses the aroma of frankincense, and the light will filter through the windows, covering the giant sundial that lines the aisle at 222 feet long. In the evening, you will have your first taste of Emilia Romagna’s prestigious cuisine at a Michelin-starred restaurant, where you can indulge in the celebrated flavors of a dish that is similar to a savory soufflé with truffle and asparagus.