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Visit Bologna and Florence

When it comes to cities, Italy has a lot to boast about. Rome and Venice usually spring to mind first but why not try somewhere different, such as the cities of Bologna and Florence.


If you’re a foodie, then you’ll not be disappointed with a break in Bologna. Arguably the culinary capital of Italy, be prepared to pace yourself – there are so many foods to try in and we wouldn’t want you to miss out! Think traditional, authentic Italian recipes and step it up a notch.

In between breakfast, lunch and dinner there’s plenty to see and do too; take a stroll to the Basilica of San Petronio, said to be the tenth largest church in the world – and it’s got some pretty incredible architecture at that.

Don’t miss Piazza Maggiore either; it’s the perfect place to wander around by foot and appreciate the Renaissance architecture.

Bologna is a great place to start or end your trip. It is well connected and located between the north and south of the country. It’s considered as the ‘gateway’ to Italy, opening up other cities, beach breaks or a trip to the lakes.


With an ancient history and a lot of Tuscan wine waiting, Florence offers the perfect combination of sightseeing and time to relax and soak up your surrounds.

No visit would be complete without a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio. In fact, this ancient bridge over the River Arno could well be the most recognisable bridge in the whole of Italy. Filled with little shops and stalls, the market’s a bustling place that will give you a real flavour for the life here.

Also recommended is climbing Giotto’s Campanile. With around 450 steps - and sadly no lift - it’s well worth it for the views of the city, and you’ll have earned that glass of wine or gelato for afterwards.

If you don’t quite fancy the climb, take a wander around and inside it – with hundreds of years of history, it’s a must-see. Plus, you’re killing two birds with one stone here. Next to Giotto’s Campanile is Florence Cathedral and the bustling Piazza della Signoria to explore.

Explore the winding, cobbled streets, impressive bars and cafes, the array of piazzas and the interesting history. Florence is a city that can be visited many, many times as one visit just isn’t enough!

Combine beach and city

What’s great about Italy, is that it’s well connected, meaning it’s super easy to combine multiple cities or a beach and city break. So if you can’t choose, no problem, just visit them all!

Plus, as experts in travel, we’re here to give you all the advice you need and book your package for you. All we need is your travel dates and we’ll do all the hard work.

If you’ve been inspired to take a trip to Italy, get in touch with NC Travel today.


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