Bologna is called ‘The Red, The Fat and The Learned’. It’s also the place I would most likely come back to and stay for a while, if I ever do come back to Italy. The ‘vibe’ of the city was just so friendly, so relaxed, that I really felt like this could be a place to stay for a while. The food was great, but even better, it was AFFORDABLE! Between 6 and 7 euro for a giant pizza, little supermarkets everywhere for picnic supplies, and fruit vendors everywhere selling incredibly cheap fruit (how are bananas cheaper here than in Aus?).
Most of Bologna’s walkways are undercover, which is awesome if it rains, or if its really hot in the sun. This used to be a law back in the day, that all new buildings had to have covered walkways. They now have a 3.7km stretch of covered walkway, which leads to a beautiful church and amazing views. The only problem – it’s mostly uphill (well, we did want views!). I would recommend you stay in Bologna over a long weekend (Fri-Sun). That’s when the best markets are on 🙂