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Borgo S. Frediano, 128R, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy
Dolce Emporio is one of the few historic shops that remain in Florence. Established in 1961, this shop in Florence's San Frediano neighborhood will seem like heaven to anyone with a sweet tooth. Among the hundreds of Italian and imported...
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44022 Comacchio FE, Italy
This eight-day cycling adventure will take you on backcountry roads through quaint, historic towns and spectacular countryside. Enjoy the freedom of being your own guide and setting your own pace. Start your journey in the magical floating city of...
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Via Paolo Ferrari, 41121 Modena MO, Italy
Now there is a new reason to visit Modena, the mother city of supercars in northern Italy. An inspiring museum for Enzo Ferrari has just opened. Enzo Ferrari was an Italian icon, a real genius that created the absolute myth in Formula 1 and the...
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Viale Antonio Fratti, 4, 43121 Parma PR, Italy
Prosciutto di Parma in the city of its origin was far and away better than any other I've had. Unbelievably thinly sliced right at the table. Delicious!
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They don't call this northern Italian city "Bologna the Fat" for nothing. I recently ate my way through this arcaded city, sampling the city's namesake pasta sauce--Bolognese (about which an article will be coming to the pages of AFAR someday...
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Via Francesco Negri, 14, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy
Once the capital of the western Roman Empire, Ravenna, in northeastern Italy, is home to eight basilicas, churches, and mausoleums dating from the 5th to 8th centuries that are recognized by the United Nations for the “supreme artistry” of their...
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Ravenna, Province of Ravenna, Italy
While my husband and I ate our fair share of gelato in Italy, we also enjoyed the country's many bakeries. One of the best we found was the Forno Pasticceria San Rocco in the small town of Ravenna (http://www.fornosanrocco.it/). The pasticceria's...
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Ravenna, Province of Ravenna, Italy
On a trip to Italy last year, my husband and I indulged in more than our fair share of gelato. But in the small town of Ravenna, we discovered an equally-delicious alternative: Italian custard. The best custard we came across was at Ravenna's...
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Via Zamboni, 6, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy
Being a university town, Bologna has a lot of great (affordable) cafes. It's also the gastronomic capital of Italy, so the odds are in your favor that you'll eat well. At Caffe Zamboni, you can indulge in a rich European-style hot chocolate or...
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Via Antonio Cavalieri Ducati, 3, 40132 Borgo Panigale, Bologna BO, Italy
When my husband and I visited Italy last year, we each chose one place we wanted to visit. I chose Venice: I wanted to see the famous canals and gondolas first-hand. My husband, a long-time lover of Ducati motorcycles, chose a tour of the Ducati...
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Largo Piero Calamandrei, 13a, 43121 Parma PR, Italy
Academia Barilla is housed on the grounds of an old pasta factory in Parma, the northern Italian city made famous by its prosciutto and cheese. Customized courses focus on pasta making, regional Italian recipes, and secrets such as how to pair...
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Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
You'll never see more shades of red and ochre in a single place. Block after block of jaw-dropping colors that change by the hour. The reflected light just makes the whole city glow. And then you get to go eat….
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Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
Just walking about, a door opens and out come a group of nuns from Central Casting.
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Piazza Maggiore, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy
Just off the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna are block after block of picturesque shopping streets. A great restaurants scattered about, where you can eat in the open air.
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Via delle Belle Arti, 17/A, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy
Bologna is well known for its culinary expertise, and one of the best restaurants in town to taste authentic Bolognese cuisine is at the Trattoria Anna Maria. This little restaurant serves only the best food from the Emilia-Romagna region of...
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Piazza Galvani, 1, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy
At the heart of Bologna is its ancient tradition of scholarship. Home to one of the oldest universities in the world, Bologna has long been known as a city of academics. At the heart of this tradition is the Archiginnasio of Bologna. This 15th...
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Via Ugo Bassi, 25, 40121 Bologna BO, Italy
This pork sausage has been made for at least 2000 years, today the name is protected, ensuring that authentic Mortadella is free from fillers, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Only finely ground pork, high quality fat squares and a...
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Via Angelo Mariani, 47122 Forlì FC, Italy
I went to Luciana Notturni's famous mosaic school for 2 weeks in Ravenna, Italy. This is a typical street scene in this lovely small city.
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Ravenna, Province of Ravenna, Italy
When in Ravenna, how can you NOT go visit Dante's tomb?
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Ravenna, Province of Ravenna, Italy
This is another example of the incredible beauty of the mosaics found in the ancient churches of Ravenna, Italy.
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Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
The Italian word ciao has crossed borders and is a popular greeting all over the world, so "why shouldnt I use it in Italy?", (even Rick Stevens is using it) you could argue. Youre right, ciao is heard all over Italy, but its used by Italians to...
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Via Ugo Bassi, 12/R, 40123 Bologna BO, Italy
Gamberini is a "must to do", doesnt matter if you go for Cappucino or for Aperitivo. Its one of the most traditional places in town, wood casing, mirrors and candelabra, the staff is very professional and outstanding friendly, a wide selection of...
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Via Santo Stefano, 6/A, 40125 Bologna BO, Italy
The name is program: polpetta means meatball in Italian, Bolpetta - Bologna meatballs - and that's what you find on the menu: meatballs in all different variations, even with fish and vegetarian. The place is new, modern and popular, located on...
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Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
November 2011 ::: Meeting Alessandro Martini for the first time at 7.30 in the morning is like having a double espresso, twice in one go. He is as animated and bright as his jacket (in the photos). Only one other guest, an American lady by the...
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Modena, Province of Modena, Italy
November 2011 ::: Meeting Alessandro Martini for the first time at 7.30 in the morning is like having a double espresso, twice in one go. He is as animated and bright as his jacket (in the photos). Only one other guest, an American lady by the...
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Via Giacomo Leopardi, 4, 40100 Bologna BO, Italy
This is the new location of the Osteria senza nome (Cesare Marretti), a new modern setting, but the same concept: you choose between three kind of surprise menus a) meat, b) fish or c) vegetarian. Each dish costs 8 euro (incl. coperto), they keep...
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48124 Classe RA, Italy
My cousin Ellen and I rode our bikes over to see the ancient Byzantine church at Classe. It was really worth visiting as the mosaics over the altar are spectacular (the photo doesn't do it justice!). After the service it happened, we ended up...
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Via G. Guaccimanni, 38, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy
I had the pleasure of staying at centrally located and lovely B&B Al Teatro for a week while doing a mosaics course in Ravenna, Italy. Here's a photo of one of the rooms - and the bed is SO COMFORTABLE! Daniella - the hostess - made me and the...
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Piazza del Popolo, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy
The Piazza del Popolo is the heart of Ravenna - and is a wonderful place to sit at one of the many cafes or restaurants and do some good old people-watching. Most of the restaurants around the piazza have a "happy hour" in the evening where - if...
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Piazza Minghetti, 2 b/c, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy
The newly renovated Piazza Minghetti provides a nice setting, you look at the main post buiding, a palazzo build in the 15th century. For a change its not narrow and crowded, you are surrounded by lots of space and usually you will have a nice,...
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Hands-on cooking classes by real restaurant chefs.
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Piazza della Cattedrale, 44121 Ferrara FE, Italy
The Cathedral of Ferrara was once called St. George's Cathedral. Today it is still used for religious purposes and of course, as a tourist attraction in this small city that is located 50 kilometers east of Bologna. The Romanesque lower part of...
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41034 Polo Industriale Province of Modena, Italy
When traveling, I often rent a car so that I can get to those hard to reach places, but this time while spending a week in Italy, I decided to give my gas pedal foot a break and take the train. Quite often trains are expensive in Europe but no so...
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Via San Vitale, 17, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy
The town of Ravenna is known for its several churches that contain fabulous works of art done in mosaics. St Vitale is one of them and probably the best known. This basilica was completed in the year 584 and displays an amazing celing and walls...
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Via Caprarie, 7, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy
The Atti boys have been making cakes, pies and even pasta for the people of Bologna since 1880, and they're still going strong. If you're just passing by, get yourself into the store and pick up something delicious to munch on.
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Via Santa Caterina, 51, 40123 Bologna BO, Italy
Once step in ask for Signor Daniele, host and owner of this foodie heaven. His home made pasta and Tortellini in Brodo are memorable, and the "Culatecca" at the main wall with different vintages of Parma Culatello it made a memorable place to be....
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Via Corletto Sud, 320, 41123 Modena MO, Italy
We'll never look at 'Parmesan Cheese' in the same way again following a visit to the Hombre Cheese Farm, outside of Modena, Italy where authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is made. Each one of these organic wheels of cheese weighs approximately...
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Via Luigi Albinelli, 13, 41100 Modena MO, Italy
In some ways, the Mercato Albinelli in Modena, Italy is less like a covered market and more like a gallery showcasing fine art. One artist exhibits his prize, plump strawberries; another her handmade golden tortelloni; while another puts the...
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Via Zamboni, 33, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy
The Museo di Palazzo Poggi, aka The Ulisse Aldrovandi Museum, is a museum of oddities collected by Ulisse Aldrovandi during the 16th C for his greatest aspiration, to assemble an encyclopedia of all living organisms upon the planet. The objects...
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Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
The historic and central district of Bologna is a medieval masterpiece filled with amazing architecture, landmarks and attractions. Here's a nice overview and highlights of a visit to this beautiful city in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy...
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Quadrilatero, Bologna BO, Italy
Known as'La Grassa' or the fat of Bologna - food is a key element of the amazing food and culture of the city. Here are some highlights to the markets and street food of the city....
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48018 Faenza, Province of Ravenna, Italy
The medieval gem that is Faenza, the tiny city in the heart of the Romagna region. This is a highlight tour of the historic district and the beautiful photo essay of the center...