8. Enjoy some raw ‘crudo’ fish
Not to be confused with Sushi, the cruo, or in this case, Pesce Crudo (raw fish in Italian) is perhaps best enjoyed in the seaside city of Rimini.
Fisherman have been consuming raw fish here for years, enjoying their catch with lemon or another marinade, and the tradition still lives on to enjoy this treat al fresco with the ocean breeze as company. If you venture to Emilia Romagna, do sample the Crudo, something entirely different from a Ceviche or Sashimi.
9. Sip and snack at Aperitivo Hour
Across northern Italy, as the day winds to an end, there is no better way to relax than enjoying Aperitivo hour(s).
Somewhere from 6 pm onwards, friends, lovers, families and strangers come together to enjoy a delicious cocktail; whether its an Aperol Spritz, Negroni or other.
Included in the Aperitivo price is food; which may range from some finger bites to a full-blown buffet. In Emilia Romagna, my favourite place to indulge in this must-be-tested tradition was Piazza Maggiore, and I highly recommend you do the same.
Enjoy an Aperitivo in Bologna
9. Enjoy a bottle of Barbarossa wine
The Barbarossa grape hails originally from France and the Liguria region of Italy but has also been grown in Emilia Romagna for some years.
This fruity red, or often rosé wine, is, therefore, a great one to sample in the region and pairs well with the gastronomic treats you’ll find on every corner here.
11. Get on a Gelato Tour
Now, this is my idea of heaven, and although I wasn’t able to join an official Gelato tour, I had fun doing my own.
The official Gelato Tours of Bologna was raved about by my friend Rachelle, who told me the guided city walk took in multiple flavours, plenty of history and gelato based facts, and of course, lots of gelato gorging.
Ranging from modern stores with new fangled flavours, to the oldest Gelato store in Bologna, this is the perfect way to tantalise your taste buds in the beautiful old city centre.