Our third stop on our little Italian adventure was Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. I loved wandering the streets of Bologna; the terracotta and ochre buildings, the quiet bustle of the locals, the understated fashion. But one thing I have to mention. The food.
Oh my god, the food.
You can’t go to Bologna and not have bolognese. It’s like going to Chicago and not having a deep dish pizza. After doing the usual of admiring some architecture and gazing at clothes we couldn’t afford in shop windows, we stopped for a late lunch at Il Caffe delle Sette Chiese (Seven Churches), and of course, we both ordered a Tagliatelle al Ragu Bolognese. The restaurant is set in the Piazza Santo Stefano, a lovely setting to enjoy our first meal in Bologna. I feel like bolognese is quite a simple dish; I can make it myself so that proves something! But this was like heaven in a bowl. I don’t know what they do to it, but it was one of the best meals I have ever had. We sat for a good couple of hours, enjoying the food and wine, people watching, admiring how the sun lit the piazza, making our friends jealous by snapchatting them our plates. If you only have a short time in Bologna, definitely make the time to stop for a bowl of bolognese, it’s 100% worth it. (If you do have a little longer, be sure to visit the Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica di San Petronio and the Fountain of Neptune in Piazza del Nettuno)
I hope to go back one day to watch the sunset from the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca and of course to eat some more bolognese…
Thanks for reading,
P.S. Keep an eye out for Gemma’s post on our fourth destination next week!