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Bologna city of Food

Bologna

If you were a merchant or a student moving to Bologna in the thirteenth century, you would be impressed by the happiness that reigned in the city and the great vividity of old taverns. Such a joyful and relaxed atmosphere is still preserved today in the restaurants and taverns of the city. That is because eating well has always been a hallmark of Bologna and its inhabitants, owing to the abundance and quality of products coming from the lush countryside around and to the spirit of Bologneses who are so much fond of conviviality.

The queen of Bolognese table is indisputably fresh pasta made from eggs – the golden dough that takes many different forms, from tortellini – the tasty casings that are rolled thin and stuffed with pork loin, the famous Mortadella, ham, Parmesan cheese and nutmeg – to tagliatelle and lasagne topped with ragù alla Bolognese, which is even famous overseas. There is no other place where you can discover many specialties like Bologna. This is why Bologna is a city of unique taste.

In Bologna every gourmet's dream comes true! In the area called "Il Quadrilatero," (the area between Piazza Maggiore and Piazza Santo Stefano, passing through Piazza Galvani, Piazza Minghetti, Piazza della Mercanzia and Piazza di Porta Ravegnana) where the ancient guilds were located, there are the shops where you can buy quality food products. Let yourself be tempted by the vast selection of food and you will be mouth-watering: fresh egg pasta, cheese, meat, fresh fish, freshly baked bread, wine, fruit and vegetables. Do you need advice? The shopkeepers are at your disposal to assist you in selecting inside their finely decorated stores: infact, most of the shops retains their original architecture and antique furnishings that make your shopping experience unique.

Highlights:

  • Quadrilatero: the Old Markets where antiquity and modernity perfectly blend together and gastronomy shopping has never been so fantastic.
  • Mercato delle Erbe: The architectural structure is clearly dated back to the beginning of the XX century but in 2014 the market was restored and transformed into a food court, leaving space to fruits and vegetable stalls but turning into a lively area for lunches, dinners and aperitifs.
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