Dear ego.trippers, have you noticed Valentine’s Day is only ten days away? I don’t want to worry you, because Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday with only one goal: to sell as much Valentine’s gifts as possible. But still your girlfriend or wife – or boyfriend or husband – expects a present. And what better present than a romantic getaway?
You might have noticed earlier that I became a big fan of TravelBird.be and their daily deals. Luckily they also offer great Valentine’s Day packages. And my eye caught the four day getaway to Bologna. Instead of 329 euros you now pay only 189, roundtrip flight from Charleroi Airport included. Also included: three nights in a luxurious room in Grand Hotel Elite (4*).
For those who have never been to Bologna: this is the wonderful capital of the Italian province Emilia-Romagna, situated about halfway between Venice and Florence. But why choose Bologna instead of its more famous neighbours? I’ll give you five reasons (number six is: Bologna is well romantic!).
1. Bologna is the real Italy
Bologna to me is the real Italy: beautiful architecture, old buildings, great food, red roofs, impressive squares, art, literature, churches, gelato, fashion. It’s actually home to the oldest university in the world. And for some bizarre reason, Bologna is still a pretty well-kept secret.
2. Bologna has some of the most impressive churches you’ll ever see
When in Bologna, you will have to visit a few churches. Start with Basilica Santo Stefano. This compound of religious buildings was originally made up of seven churches, but now only four remain. Don’t forget to visit the Basilica di San Petronio, which dominates the Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s main square. Construction was started on the basilica in 1390 but San Petronio was never fully completed.
3. Bologna is foodie heaven
Bologna has three nicknames: La Dotta (learned), La Rossa (red) and La Grassa (fat). The last one obviously stands for the cuisine. The city is universally praised as the country’s gourmet capital. Obviously its offerings go way beyond the meaty bolognese pasta sauce.
4. Bologna is not tourist-infested (yet)
Unlike some other Italian cities, Bologna is not infested with tourists. Yet. Obviously most tourists prefer Venice, Florence or Milan. No mega-crowds in Bologna though, cause most people have not discovered how wonderful this city really is.
5. Bologna is the perfect base to explore the rest of Emilia-Romagna
If you happen to run out of things to do in the city, you can start exploring the rest of Emilia-Romagna. Modena, home to the Ferrari Museum, is a popular spot nearby to spend a day. Also Ferrara, home to the Castle Estense, is a nice getaway.
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