For less than seventy euros return, there is simply no excuse not to visit the gastronomic capital of Italy and the oldest university city in Europe: Bologna.
The medieval history of the city means that there is some impressive architecture, such as the two landmark towers, the Archiginnasio Municipal Library, the portico of San Luca (the longest in the world) and the Basilica of San Petronio, to name a few.
The 80,000 student population means that there is always something going on – even for those on a budget. Via Zamboni is the official university road, full of bars and cafes for people to turn to after a hard day living la dolce vita. The Empire has an affordable aperitivo and the wines are especially good (make sure you order brachetto!)
But if you’re after a proper sit down meal, then look no further than ‘Trattoria del Rosso’ (Via A. Righi). You can eat a three course meal, which tastes like a real Italian nonnamade it, for ten euros.
For dessert, visit Gamberini (Via Ugo Bassi). This is the oldest pasticceria in Bologna, with the most incredible cakes and coffee.
If you’re more interest in museums than filling your stomach, then try the Jewish Museum (Via Valdonica). This is located in the former ghetto and, although small, is worth visiting. Other art exhibitions are scattered throughout the city, just keep your eyes open or ask at the information centre.
Bologna is within two hours of more famous cities, such as Milan, Venice, Padua and Florence, making it the perfect destination for people who enjoy day trips. Just head to Bologna’s Central Station and get the ticket on the day. You will often find that there are two for one deals on Saturdays, so you can travel for even less. Perfetto.