Bologna- Do’s and Don’ts

Bologna- Do's and Don'ts

Bologna, Italy Don’ts


Don’t miss lunch! 

Yes, most restaurants shut down for lunch at 3 pm, sandwich shops, pizza place and of course Mc Donalds are and exception to the rule. Avoid limited options and plan to have lunch at 1 pm

Don’t Walk around with a huge map

Large maps are a huge sign for tourist, try to blends and act as if you’ve been there before.​

Don’t take to many taxis

One they’re expensive and two you’ll never get the local experience. All the locals walk!

Don’t miss the tortellini!

When I checked out of my hotel, before being asked: “how was your stay?” I was asked ” Did you have tortellini?” my only regret 🙁

Forget to pack liquids in a Ziploc bag

Unless you want to risk staining your luggage and your clothes.

Bologna, Italy Do’s


Have lasagna!

I couldn’t wait to finally have real lasagna and Bologna didn’t disappoint. I actually can’t wait to return to have another serving.The pasta options are endless but don’t miss one of their classics

Do, contact your hotel if you have an early or late arrival

Hotels will accommodate you if they can. Don’t be afraid to tweet a hotel ( it works) Luckily, I emailed the hotel a few days in advance, one of the managers left a note that I had requested an early arrival.

Do learn basic Italian

Many people greeted me in Italian from the time I landed, I felt terrible saying”hello”. It’s important to respect other cultures, little things like learning greets is the 1st step.

Click here to learn a few phrases and to hear them

Take the 3-euro bus from the airport

Even though Bologna is the largest city in the Emilia-Romagna area of northern Italy. It’s still compact. All of the hotels are located in the city center making it easy to explore a cheap commute from the airport, even closer plan train.

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