Le Due Torri, two famous leaning towers Garisenda and Asinelli in Bologna, Italy
Stand in awe before the twin leaning towers of Le Due Torri. One stands shorter than the other, and both were featured in Dante’s famous Inferno poem. If you dare, climb 500 tapered, wooden steps to the tower’s top for sweeping views of Bologna’s red-roofed skyline.
View of San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy, the largest church built of bricks
The heart of Bologna lies in Piazza Maggiore, where you can explore centuries-old Renaissance palazzi. Enter gigantic San Petronio Basilica, dedicated to the city’s patron saint. Visit Neptune’s statue before setting out on foot around town— most of the best sights are within walking distance of the piazza.
Discover one of the world’s most impressive collections of 5th and 6th-century mosaic artwork in Ravenna. Many buildings sprawled across the city are decked out in colorful mosaics, from the Basilica of San Vitale and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia to Battistero Neoniano and the Domus of the Stone Carpets.
Bologna is foodie heaven, nicknamed La Grassa (The Fat One) after its rich culinary legacy. For a quick bite grab a piadina, classic Romagna flatbread. The city is widely known for its spaghetti Bolognese (meat sauce) and tortellini en brodo (stuffed pasta in broth). Afterward, treat your sweet tooth to organic gelato— and be sure to fill your glass with sparking red Lambrusco wine.
The most popular souvenirs in Ravenna are replicas of its famous mosaics, which can easily be shipped home. Stop by Eataly for olive oil, vinegar and artisanal pasta. In Bologna you’ll find hundreds of small shops selling cheese, chocolates and other locally made foodstuffs. Via San Felice’s stores are best for clothing and artwork.
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