Things to do
The Bolognese love their motorcars. There’s an international motorshow held here every winter, and lots of museums showcasing Italian engineering at its finest. The Ducati Museum, the Lamborghini Museum and the Ferrari Museum all jostle for your attention.
You won’t have to venture far from your luxury hotel to see the two icons of Bologna. The 12th-century Torre degli Asinelli and Torre del Garisenda towers both lean and have many steps to climb. But each offers fabulous views of the surrounding city and countryside beyond.
Wander the city and buy hand-made pasta and local cheeses in the small shops as you go. Sample local delicacies in little restaurants, like wafer-thin mortadella studded with peppercorns, and bowls of hearty ragù. Bologna prides itself on outstanding local produce, and the fine dining is superb.