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Birthday trip to Bologna, Italy

We have traveled through Bologna several times, but only for 1-3 days at a time. We loved the architecture, atmosphere and of course, food. We have been fortunate to take advantage of milage award trips to Italy several times. So last year, when we’d accrued enough miles for another off season trip, my husband asked, “where do you want to spend your 65th birthday?” I quickly responded, “Bologna”. So glad I did. We flew into FCO and took the fast train that goes from FCO to Venice, stopping at Bologna on the way. We then walked to our Airbnb near Piazza Maggiore, and after a quick nap and shower we went out for appertivi and dinner at The Middle Market. We then had fantastic gelato at Cremeria Funivia. We were in Bologna for a week. Highlights included The National Pinoteca museum, the Russian Art exhibition from St. Petersburg at the modern art museum and exploring neighborhoods. Favorite meals were at Trattoria Zita (out of the city center a bit), pizza at Pizzaria da Toto (a memory lane), fresh pasta lunch at Sfoglia Rina, traditional lunch at Tamborini and several great meat and cheese plates (Salumeria Simoni) and many memorable appertivi with negronis. For my birthday, we had a great lunch (seafood risotto) at the fish restaurant, Banco 32, in the Erbe Market and marvelous dinner at Ristorante la Colombina (eggplant parmigiana and a soufflé appetizer). It was wonderful to be able to settle into our apartment and take each day slowly. After Bologna, we flew to Sicily for two weeks (one with a car) then to Rome for our final 3 days. All in all, I feel very blessed to have had such a wonderful birthday trip!

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Well done! Your enthusiasm is contagious, and you provided a lot of good information about Bologna. Thanks!

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Great combination of destinations! Glad it was so much fun for you.

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Becky,

Thanks for sharing your wonderful birthday trip!

Please tell us about your time in Sicily!

Now I want to go to Bologna!

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Becky, this sounds like a beautiful birthday trip, unhurried and doing what you wanted. Thanks for the restaurant suggestions. Bologna is now on my radar. I too would love to hear more about your time in Sicily.

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Thanks, Becky. We had planned to visit Bologna a couple of years ago, but had to change our plans. I'm thinking next year, perhaps.

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Happy (belated) Birthday, Becky. Nice trip report of what sounds like a perfect trip, slow and relaxing. Although I do enjoy the tours, I really like staying in one town/city for several days, too. I have visited Bologna but haven't stayed long. You have definitely piqued my interest and I have just added it to my ever-growing list of places I'd like to spend more time in. Thanks for posting.

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Becky,
What a wonderful trip report and birthday. I also would love to spend a week there and the air B&B sounds wonderful. If you don’t mind sharing, that would be appreciated. I can’t wIt to read your Sicily report. Cheers!