Having studied in Italy and visited the county on a few other occasions, this time I wanted to see some of the non-touristy cities, and Bologna topped my list! So the final stop on my Italy trip in September 2015 was Bologna, also known as La Grassa (the Fat) and La Rossa (the Red). Bologna is the largest city and the capital of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region.
The Emilia Romagna region is located in the central-Northern part of the country, just next to Tuscany and a little south of Milan. Emilia Romagna is home to many the GREAT foods of Italy, including prosciutto di parma, basalmic, parmiggiano reggiano, tortellini and more. This area is a must-see for foodies, and I don’t know why it took me so long to get here! Aside from foodies, Bologna is not really on many traveler’s radars, and that’s really not surprising to me. Italy has so many “bucket list” sites, you could spend multiple vacations in the country and not see everything, and Bologna lacks one big “bucket list” site. However, instead of one site to base your visit around, Bologna offers a stunning city with the most delicious food, everywhere. I loved it, and it was refreshing to travel to an Italian city that has not been overrun with tourists.