Although I had a few days after the TBDI conference I realized that spending them in Rimini may not be the best choice as there wasn’t much going on.
Fortunately it was only a quick train ride to Bologna, a city I know many people have loved and one that’s been on my mind for nearly two years, since Kent and Caanan wrote about their gastronomic coup.
I’m not a fan of tours but I am a lover of food tours as you always get a little bit of history but not too much. Food markets in Italy are my favourite places to visit. I also wanted the inside scoop on Bologna restaurants.
I had to laugh because as we changed messages I told Andrea what I would be wearing and that I’m only 5 feet tall (I know, shocking many of you think I’m taller) and he responded only that he would be wearing a grey scarf.
Great. Do you know how many Italian men wear scarves?
All of them!
Thankfully he spotted me right away and with a quick introduction we were off for coffee to talk about Bologna food. Andrea is really easy going and it felt like walking around town with a friend. In between food shops he gave me a bit of history, showing me aspects of the city I would have never noticed. Told me how to roast chestnuts, how to buy olive oil and what gelato is good and which ones are for tourists.
Best Bologna Restaurants
I learned that Eataly isn’t a tourist restaurant, locals really love it here. To get the full experience have a look at this video of my food tour with Andrea along with a few places he recommends check out my video of food in Bologna.
I must say after lunch and good gelato I was kind of sad to say goodbye to a new friend. But Bologna was playing an important match of football and so like all Italian men, he needed to go watch it with the boys.