|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$683.99|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$859.17|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$4.07|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$8.81|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$9.94|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.64|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$16.78|
Travel to Bologna, the largest city in all of Northern Italy and a hub of culture, art, history, architecture and more. It's a favorite tourist vacation spot in Italy, and a favorite for singles and families alike.
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Start off your trip to Bologna in the historic Piazza Miaggiore in Bologna. The piazza includes excellent shopping as well as a number of museums and one of the largest churches in the world, San Petronio. It's a great place to relax, people watch and stay for a pizza and a beer.
Come and visit one of the largest churches in the world (the fifth largest,) from the 14th century, which was actually never fully completed. Come and view stunning Gothic architecture as well as a controversial fresco from Dante's Inferno. Considered quite controversial today, it depicts the prophet Mohammed burning in hell by demons. There is also a lovely sundial, which illustrates how the earth revolves around the sun. It's a stunning church to come and visit, of remarkable size and history. Tip: Be sure to be dressed conservatively, or else you will not be allowed into the church to visit.
If you'd like to see a truly wonderful museum, come and visit the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, the National Art Gallery of Bologna Italy. The work ranges from 13th to 18th century art by artists who are in some way connected to Bologna. Ludovio, Giotto, Raphael, Reni, Titan and Tintoretto are all prominent artists whose works are displayed here.
Another prominent landmark in Bologna is Asinelli's Tower, originally used as a military tower between 1109 and 1119. The towers are the tallest in all of Bologna, standing at 98 meters high, and complete with 498 stairs. It provides an excellent view of the city, as well as the red rooftops of Bologna. Depending on the weather conditions, you may also be able to see the sea and the Alps.
Interested in learning about Bolognese cooking? Bolognese cooking is some of the finest in all of Italy and some of the most well known throughout the world. The Bologna Gourmet is the perfect place for walking tours, lectures, factory tours and cooking classes about a variety of topics. Whether you're interested in touring the Bologna market or a balsamic vinegar factory, learning how to roll pasta, pana cota and tenerina, this is the place to go. Tip: This is the perfect place to go for a day or even a week and gives you a chance to learn about Bolognese cooking as well as dabble in it yourself. Classes are small and intimate, and highly recommended.
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Basilica di San Francesco
Overlooking the colorful Piazza Malpighi, the beautiful Basilica di San Francesco in Bologna, Northern Italy is an excellent example of the interplay of Gothic and Romanesque features. This church dates back to 1236 when it was built by the Franciscans (also called the Grey Friars). This is said to be the headquarters of the Franciscan order after they first arrived in the city in 1211. As the name implies, this was built in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. The people in Bologna listened to him speak about faith and peace and they were inspired by what they heard. They then decided to build this church in his name.Source