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If your trip to Italy includes a stop in Bologna, more and more famous for being the city of food, it is likely that you ask yourself “where can I find the best Italian food near me?” Well, the answer is easy: all around you.

The gastronomic heart of the Emilia-Romagna region is Emilia’s food-valley covering the provinces of Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia and Parma.

Bologna was known in the past for being the “The Fat” for its rich cuisine. Now, it welcomes foodies from across the world seeking the best of genuine food and cuisine.

In town, our suggestion is to walk around, enjoy the view, and taste local street food!

For example: walk under the characteristic Porticoes of Bologna that embrace the historical centre and don’t forget to look up…You may find beautiful frescos in the vaults. Particularly, do not miss the high wooden portico of Casa Isolani: it is one of the best preserved examples of a portico from the late Middle Ages. Here, find a nice local Trattoria restaurant with dehor under the Porticoes and try the best dishes of the Bolognese cuisine: tortellini in brodo and tagliatelle al ragù, to mention the most popular dishes. Admire the Two towers, the traditional symbol of Bologna built at the strategic point where the old Aemilian way entered the town… Here, taste artisanal Gelato in cono, cialda or coppetta! Discover the old market area called Il Quadrilatero with the typical market stands full of fresh fruit and vegetables and food deli shops. Here, have a glass of Pignoletto semi-sparkling white wine; a great food match is with local Crescente or Crescentina bread stuffed with the original Bologna Mortadella!

On top of this, Bologna is central to several food destinations. Did you know that the Emilia-Romagna region ranks first in Europe with 44 PDO and PGI food quality certified products? To mention the most famous in the world, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma ham, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Bologna Mortadella, but also Zampone and Cotechino di Modena (local pork meat deli), Tortelli di zucca (handmade Tortelli pasta stuffed with pumpkin), Coppia Ferrarese bread, etc.

In the range of 100 kilometers you can meet the Food Artisans who have created these culinary specialties, see how they are made, and smell the distinctive aroma of these products.

That’s all we can say for now, to keep at least a surprise effect, but really, if you look for a gourmet experience and you ask yourself “where can I find the best Italian food near me?” you won’t have to travel too far, if you land in Bologna.

And if you want to enjoy an intimate tour designed for food and wine lovers, learn the stories of Emilia’s passionate people and enjoy the best local and artisanal food, Emilia Storytellers will be glad to welcome you on board, and organize a private food tour especially for you!