ARIES – The first sign of the zodiac, these rams love to be number one and aren’t afraid to dive into challenging situations, no matter how hard they may be. The same is true of MATERA, a city dug into a rocky outcrop in Basilicata whose challenges are (quite literally) as hard as stone. Annoyed by excessive details and needless nuances, Aries woul...

The cuisine is one of the main reasons to visit Bologna. Delicious pasta, homemade tortellini, mortadella, and flavourful balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano reggiano. The many traditional foods of Bologna has made it the gastronomic capital of Italy – which says quite a lot. In this post, I’ll be sharing the 10 most traditional foods in Bologna, the b...

The street food in Bologna is anything but what you would expect. Fried tortellini are on the menu – need we say more? I joined Bolognese local Tina Prestia from Tina’s Table to tour the exceedingly flavorful streets of Bologna for a full 12 hours to find the best street food we could devour. Nestled in an absolutely charming neighborhood with tiny...

The Ciclovia del Sole, a large, traffic-free, pan-European cycleway, has just inaugurated a new section in Emilia-Romagna. Stretching from Mirandola in the province of Modena to Osteria Nuova in the province of Bologna, the 45-kilometer cycleway is entirely flat and mostly paved, making it an easy ride accessible to families, couples or anyone who...

The Italian Studies program (Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) and the Film and Media Studies program (Dodge College of Film and Media Arts) joined efforts to develop a unique educational experience in Bologna, Italy, a travel course that will become a staple of both programs and Chapman University in the future. Under the...

With 37,600 tons produced, in 2021 Mortadella Bologna PGI confirmed the 2020 production volumes, with a +0.9% increase in sales. The growth is most pronounced in the pre-sliced segment, which grew +2.8% (source: IFCQ data on Srl certifications). These figures are even more significant when compared to 2019: +1.7% in value and +4.9% in pre-sliced. G...

Bologna is the capital of the Emilia Romagna region, in northern Italy, and is known as “La Dotta and la Grassa” (which means “The Educated and the Fat”) for being one of the main cultural hubs in the country and Italy’s foodie city! Bologna hosts the oldest university in the Western world Hidden as well as some of the best Italian food, but it has...

Mortadella is so soft and silky to the palate with a lovely pink color and a very good smell. For that reason it’s not possible to not love it!  But for most of Italians Mortadella sandwich is something more. It is a childhood memory, a school snack or a typical sandwich to be enjoyed during a picnic with friends. ONE REGION TWO BREEDING TRADITIONA...

If Tuscany has Chianti, the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna has “Motor Valley”, an area that boasts one of the highest concentrations of luxury sports cars and motorbikes in the world. The so-called Land of Motors, covering around 1,000 square kilometres of prime agricultural land roughly between Bologna and Modena, is home to Lamborghini and Ferr...

Extraordinary destinations for travelers are added every year to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. In 2021, three of the new sites selected were in Italy, bringing Italy’s World Heritage Site total to 58—the most of any country in the world.  While many of Italy’s UNESCO sites from the past are packed with tourists, such as the Historical Center of Flo...