Ciao! This week, I was lucky enough to make my way to Bologna, Italy. To answer the question above, it is pronounced as “Bol-ou-nya.” Bologna is the capital of Emilia-Romagna, the region above Tuscany. It is well-known for its architecture, gastronomy, and sea-side. Though Bologna was a small stop on our route to Milan, it was a fantastic visit. My friends and I arrived at Bologna Centrale, the central train station in Bologna, in the evening and checked into “Hotel Donatello.” After checking in, we asked the receptionist for the best food nearby. She recommended “Trattoria ‘La Finestrella.’” We decided to go check it out and ordered the most traditional dish of the city, tagliatelle al ragù alla Bolognese. This was the best ragù I have ever tasted. The flavors were so rich and complex, perfectly paired with the homemade tagliatelle. I would highly recommend stopping in Bologna so that you are able to taste such flavors, it is a must. I recommend looking up different regional foods and ingredients so that you can taste all of the gastronomical delicacies.
During this time of the year, there is a small festival, the Laurel Festival. All the local students dress up with floral shirts, shorts, and hilarious outfits. After celebrating the Laurel Festival with the locals, we decided to explore the city and look at some churches, statues, and the Neptune fountain. In the same plaza, Centro Storico, there was a movie playing, so we sat and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and the cultural movie. We thoroughly enjoyed the night life and the sights. The following day, we decided to check out the Beautiful Museum, which was less than a 5 minute walk away from the hotel. If you are traveling by yourself, this might not be the best place to go, since it very interactive and better with a larger group. You will be asked to remove your shoes, so please wear socks! You will begin the museum on the first floor and move through different rooms. At each room, you will have five minutes to interact with the room and create fantastic memories. After you are done with the first floor, you’ll move to the ground floor and take some memorable photos. The last room, is the best room in the entire museum, check it out and you will see why! Throughout the entire experience, I felt like a kid all over again and it is by far the best museum. The cost of entrance was 10 euros, so it was very affordable and worth every cent. One last thing, remember to keep your entrance ticket, you will receive a small price at the end that is dependent on the entrance ticket. You might be able to win a pin, a sticker, a pen, or a free ticket! All in all, I recommend visiting Bologna even if it is for a few hours. Give it a shot and explore the world!