One week of eating through the capital of Emilia-Romagna and the Dolomite Alps
EuropeItaly4 days / June 2023
Highs & Lows
Giant mortadella sandwiches
Rainy weather in Dolomites
2 days in Bologna concentrating on the historical medieval center.
3 days in the Italian Dolomites.
2 days in Bologna started off with a walk to the Piazza Maggiore through the Unesco World Heritage Porticoes of Bologna. Then we visited the oldest food market in the center of the city. We grabbed big mortadella sandwiches from the market and drinks from Osteria del Sole. The second day revolved around more exploration of the medieval town and the few surviving strikingly slender two towers.
3 days in the Italian Dolomites. Stayed in the foothills of the stunning mountain range and on the edge of the Prosecco region. We arrived in the late afternoon after a 4-hour drive from Bologna. On the following day, we went for a scenic drive to an alpine lodge and indulged in a 3-course lunch. In the afternoon we found perhaps the best Italian gelato shop in the world. The second day was a hike attempt but the weather wasn’t kind enough and we abandoned wet and cold. On the final day, we visited a local beer hall and did Prosecco tasting at Ruggeri Vineyard.
Q & A
What would you have changed?Visit Dolomites at a different time of the year
Anything go wrong during the trip?Weather was bad at times
Restaurant recommendations?Osteria del Sole, Salumeria Simoni Laboratorio, Mò Mortadela Lab
Tips you would give a friend?Spending an extra night or two in the Dolomites if you want to do a couple of the more serious hikes.
Packing tips?Pack for all kinds of weather, mountains are capricious
Transportation Tips?Renting a car is a must for maximum flexibility. Public transport scarce in rural areas.
Booking details?Use hotel comparison sites for best rates