Why You Should Pick Bologna for Your Next Trip

The Italian flag

When it comes to planning a trip, picking the right location is vital. Your trip can quickly go downhill if you don’t do research beforehand. However, one location has mesmerized people from around the globe for years, and it’s always a great place to visit. And that is Italy. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who regrated visiting this wonderful country. But Italy is a big country that would take a long time to explore. So, we narrowed down our choice to one specific place, Bologna. When people visit Italy, they mainly focus on Rome and Florence and ignore so many other incredible parts of the country, which is a big shame. So we decided to share with you some good reasons to pick Bologna for your next trip.

A plate of pasta Bolognese
If you pick Bologna for your next trip, you will get to enjoy one of the best cuisines in the world

The food scene

When we talk about the best cuisines in the world, Italy is always on top of the list. And if you asked Italians what the area of Italy that is the center of the food scene is, they would all say the same. It is Bologna. Bologna is famous for its meat, cheese, soups, pastries, gelato, and pasta. And if you haven’t already guessed by its name, Bologna is also the birthplace of the world-famous Bolognese sauce. Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna area, famous for producing balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese. So it is no wonder Bologna is so widely renowned in the world of food. Some of the dishes everyone who visits Bologna should try are:

  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Tagliatelle al Ragù Bolognese
  • Lasagne Verde al Forno

And the best part is that it is all very affordable. There are high-end restaurants that are more expensive, and then there are those affordable ones that also serve incredibly delicious food.

Fontana di Trevi
Places like Fontana di Trevi are always annoyingly crowded, but that’s not the case in Bologna

There will be fewer crowds

As we said previously, when people visit Italy, they mostly visit Rome, Florence, or Venice. And these cities are usually filled with tourists. I m sure you have at least once seen a picture of the crowds at Fontana di Trevi. And Rome is so famous that it is crowded almost all the time. Big crowds like that can take the joy out of a trip and leave you frustrated. Well, you won’t have to worry about that in Bologna. It is not as famous as Rome or Venice, so you can peacefully walk around the city and enjoy the experience. You won’t have to run to get tickets to museums or make restaurant reservations, so some other tourists don’t take it before you. Also, the locals will be a bit more friendly and welcoming than in Rome, for example, because tourists are not crowding their city and making their traffic more difficult.

It’s cheaper than other European cities

Budget plays a significant role when planning a trip. You must carefully research how expensive a city is before you travel there; otherwise, you can end up in an awkward situation. Thankfully Bologna is a very affordable city compared to others in Europe like Paris, Madrid, or even Rome. Food is affordable, and so is housing. It’s also a very walkable city so you won’t need much money for transport. This makes Bologna a perfect destination for a longer trip. An average-income person can afford to stay here for a couple of weeks without it obliterating their budget. And because it is so cheap, you will have enough money to finance renting storage while traveling to keep your valuables safe. Don’t underestimate the importance of budgeting when planning a trip like this.

Pick Bologna for your next trip and explore its many museums

When you visit Bologna, you won’t only get to eat amazing world-class food but also have a great learning experience in Bologna’s many museums. It’s not a big city, but it has rich history and culture that is celebrated in these museums. Let’s start with Museo Della Storia di Bologna (Museum of the history of Bologna). This museum tells the story of Bologna that spans many years to the Etruscan era. In this museum, you will learn how Bologna changed and flourished over the years. And it will be easy as the exhibits in the museum are set up in chronological order. There will be classical museum exhibits and also some fun interactive ones. You will have a very helpful guide as well. Then there is Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna ( The National Art Gallery of Bologna), where passionate art lovers can see paintings from the 13th to 18th century period by famous artists.

It’s a beautiful place

Even if there wasn’t an incredible food scene and museums filled with amazing works of art, there would still be one reason good enough to visit Bologna. And that is the fact that it is an incredibly beautiful place. There is an interesting mix of rolling hills and beautiful gardens with impressive architectural sights that make Bologna a must-see destination. You can visit the Park of Villa Ghigi or Giardini Margherita, the largest city park in Bologna. On the other hand, you can see Teatro Anatomico, Fontano del Nettuno, and Basilica di San Petronio. This mix of nature and architecture gives Bologna a special kind of charm that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

Woman with a suitcase
Pick Bologna for your next trip and have the time of your life

In conclusion

These are just some of the reasons you should pick Bologna for your next trip. But there is so much more. Bologna is a good destination for a fun family holiday, a celebratory weekend with friends, a solo trip, or a romantic getaway for couples. You will enjoy amazing food, nature, culture, art, and impressive architecture. And the great thing is it will all be affordable. As you can see, there is something for everyone in Bologna, and you won’t regret visiting it. Now, all that is left to do is book those plane tickets and get ready for an Italian adventure!!

European Capitals You Must Visit at Least Once

Push pins on a world map.

There is a reason why most people place European capitals on their wish lists! Each and every capital city in Europe presents an intriguing combination of rich history, mesmerizing architecture, friendly people, tasty food, incredible nightlife, exquisite artwork, and many more. No matter which city you decide to visit, be sure that you will fall in love as soon as you arrive. You will fall in love not with another person but with small pathways, quirky stores, flowery balconies, and roads leading to the beach. Or, who knows – maybe you do fall in love with a local too! So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bag, buy that ticket and start exploring! But, if you don’t know where to go first, we got you! We prepared a list of European capitals you must visit at least once! Thus, keep on reading.

London, England

Without a doubt, one of the European capitals you must visit at least once is London – the capital of England! This capital is host to several million tourists every year. Some tourists see the fantastic London architecture, some learn about the United Kingdom’s rich history, and some just want to have fun in a city full of posh shops and restaurants.

The best way to experience all of the things mentioned above is to hop on a New Routemaster – a double-decker bus that will take you to all of London’s hotspots and allow you to take some Insta-worthy photos. For instance, it will take you to the Tower of London, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, and many more.

Moreover, when it comes to London, we have to give you some essential tips for essential travel – get yourself an umbrella as soon as you arrive. Rain is a common sight here, so if you don’t want to be disturbed by it, have a small umbrella by your side at all times.

A picture of Big Ben and London Bridge.
London will forever be one of the European capitals you must visit at least once.

Paris, France

Welcome to the City of Light. Or, let us say, welcome to the City of Love and one of the best European destinations for singles! Just like London, Paris is also one of the European Capitals you must visit at least once in your life! Or, if you are really lucky, visit it a couple of times as one trip is not enough to see everything this beautiful city has to offer.

Some of the sights you simply can’t miss out on while in Paris are Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Arc de Triumph, Place de la Concorde, etc. But, don’t just look at these sights – learn about them! Find a tour guide who will explain these sights’ role in history. Moreover, while here, don’t forget to sit in one of those famous Parisian cafes and order an espresso and a chocolate croissant. And, check out the street vendors and buy a beret too!

Also, don’t hesitate to visit Paris in winter! The city lights will leave you breathless! And, when you get tired of all the walking and exploring the city, why not go to some of the famous ski resorts in and around Paris, such as Montmartre or Les Trois Vallées. Trust us, there are many reasons for a ski trip to Europe, that is, to Paris and France, but we will leave it up to you to find out. 

A view of Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Going to Paris must be on your bucket list!

Rome, Italy 

Ahh, Italy! There is not a person in this world who wouldn’t like to visit this sunny county where everything smells like pasta and wine and where everybody wants to be your friend. But, to understand the true spirit of Italy, one must go to its capital – Rome. Rome is, above all, a city telling Roman Empire’s history. You can see that when through the Roman Colosseum, Vatican City, Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, etc. And you can see that when just walking through the streets of Rome.

We assure you – once you start exploring the city, you will get an instant wish to move here. And why wouldn’t you? Just hire movers and let them relocate you. If you want to avoid stress when packing, the key is starting early. But, we wouldn’t worry about stress here – Rome is just naturally peaceful. 

Moreover, movers are not the only ones who can help you relocate – Trevi Fountain also can. Namely, it is believed that if you toss one coin into this fountain, you are destined to return to the Eternal City (Rome). And, if you want to return and also find the love of your life here, you must toss two coins. So, be careful what you wish for!

Trevi Fountain in Rome.
One thing is for sure – you will want to come back to Rome!

Athens, Greece 

We simply cannot talk about the European capitals you must visit at least once without mentioning Athens – the capital of Greece. Athens is, without any doubt, the oldest capital of the world. Historical landmarks stretched throughout the city for as long as the eye can see. Acropolis, Parthenon, Plaka, Herod Atticus Odeon, Panathenaic Stadium, Agora, etc., are just some of the must-see places in Athens. 

Moreover, while here, don’t forget to go to one of the many museums and galleries. This is where you will be able to learn the most about Greek history and culture. And, when you get tired of all the sightseeing (which will doubt will happen), sit in some local greek restaurant and try some authentic food and drinks. The Greeks will welcome you with amazing hospitality and, if you are lucky enough, they may play some music or let you break some plates to celebrate your trip. 

There are many European capitals you must visit at least once. We mentioned just four of them, but you already know that there are many more with visiting. So, do your own research. Maybe you will find a capital that suits your preferences more. But don’t hesitate to visit the ones we mentioned either – they are on top of all traveler’s lists for a reason. 

How to Be a Traveler instead of a Tourist

Person in the airport

Travelers and tourists both like to travel and visit places. However, depending on the cause of travel, you can only use one of the terms to describe a person who travels. For instance, a tourist travels for pleasure while a traveler goes on a journey. Also, tourists are considered amateurs, but at the same time, you can’t become a traveler before being a tourist first. You can learn how to be a traveler instead of a tourist by following some simple steps. So let us see how you can improve your traveling experiences and learn how to blend in as a traveler instead of sticking out as a tourist.

Research your destination

Before visiting any new place, you should first research it. And not just on the map. That is one big difference between travelers and tourists. While tourists seek out the major attractions of their destination, travelers seek out the culture and history of the place. Additionally, travelers study the local customs to communicate and connect with the locals more easily. Furthermore, research can also keep you safe during solo travel. If you know where you are heading, you know how to avoid problematic neighborhoods or conflict areas, for instance.

As a result, research your destination on travel blogs and guidebooks, look for local newspapers, and watch documentaries. Know as much as you can about your destination, and you will be one step closer to being a traveler instead of a tourist.

Live like a local

While most tourists choose to stay in a hotel, travelers prefer to be closer to the locals by staying at an Airbnb, a hostel, or even Couchsurfing. That way, their experience is more authentic and personalized. You can even look for a voluntary homestay if you want to be in the heart of the community and be helpful. There, locals will be grateful for your help and warmly welcome you. However, if you are uncertain about where you will be staying or how secure the place will be, you should leave your valuables at home. You can, for instance, rent a storage unit where you can store your belongings until you return from your travel. Storage units are a safe and secure place where your valuables will be in good hands for as long as you need.

Forget your camera

One thing that reveals that a person is a tourist is the camera in their hand or the obnoxious selfie stick. All locals despise tourists for snapping hundreds of photos per minute, posing for the perfect selfie in the wrong place, and using the flash when they shouldn’t. If you want to be a traveler instead of a tourist, forget about your camera from time to time. Sure, you can photograph special moments or places that will make great memories. Nobody will tell you otherwise. However, be careful about how and when you do it. For instance, always get permission before photographing people, monuments, graves, or works of art. Also, make sure that when you are trying to take a picture, you are not blocking the way or the view of others. Be polite, and nobody will hold a grudge against you for taking pictures.

Put away your map

Another thing specific to tourists is the map in their hands. You can always see a confused tourist sitting in the middle of a road, checking a map for directions. So if you don’t want to end up in the same situation, put away your map. Or, better yet, get lost in the city. Travelers are known for spontaneity and not so much for planning. Also, you will never know what hidden jewel you can find in the small neighborhoods of a city. It can be a valuable painting tucked away in a local church, a beautiful monument, or impressive street architecture.

In addition, when you get lost in the city, you will also see the daily life of locals. You will see where children like to play, where the elderly meet to socialize, and where and how locals relax. And, after you see how locals live, you can get a bit more personal and socialize.

A woman looking at a map
If you want to be more like a traveler than a tourist, don’t be afraid to explore your destination without a map.

Learn the language and socialize

You have to get to know a place firsthand if you want a true sense of it. And that you will achieve by meeting the locals and doing what they are doing. Ask them where the best food is, what you can do for fun, or where to go for hikes. Locals will always tell you the little secrets of their city that don’t appear in guidebooks. Of course, you should first learn at least a few words in their language. Learn how to greet politely, how to say thank you and please, yes and no, and how to say that you don’t understand. Any local will be thrilled about your effort to learn their language, even if it’s just a few words. Furthermore, you can even expect your effort to be rewarded with a special tour of the city or a great travel tip.

Avoid cheap souvenirs

You will undoubtedly come across several small yet crowded souvenir shops wherever you go. They are full of noisy tourists that are looking for a bargain. Most tourists, however, are unaware that those shops are often a rip-off, and the items they buy are not authentic. That is why, if you want to be a traveler instead of a tourist, take your time and find the most original souvenirs to take home. For instance, you can visit local stores and markets and find handcrafted or locally made products. And the best part is that you can, most of the time, negotiate the price for what you buy from a producer. However, you should always be polite and know when there is space for bargaining or when you should pay the price listed. Even if some vendors are trying to empty your wallet, it is not the case with all of them.

Be a traveler instead of a tourist

The main difference between tourists and travelers will always be time. Tourists usually have limited time on their hands to visit and explore a destination. For that reason, they move with the crowd, pay higher prices for everything, and return home more tired than when they left. Travelers, on the other hand, have time to get lost in the surroundings, meet the locals, learn the language, and most of all, relax. That’s why it will pay off to be a traveler instead of a tourist.