Backpack Benji

Bologna: A Foodies’ Paradise.

I was hanging out in Florence when we decided to take go check out Bologna, a gorgeous medieval town filled with Renaissance structures and so much food! We rented a tour-van with a fellow-adventurer from Malaysia and headed straight north through the heart of Tuscany.  Once there, the streets were flooded with people enjoying the sun, wine, culture, and food.  We walked through Piazza Maggiore, the main square which includes the centuries-old San Petronio Basilica and other ancient structures.  Birds, children, and street performers filled the expansive open space making for a festive atmosphere and a relaxing historical walk.  Here are some pictures of the charming city…


After exploring the vast piazza, we ventured into the narrow cobblestone streets where incredible amounts of food beckoned from every angle! There were innumerable café’s, bistros, markets, and delis.  From large sprawling family-style ristorantes to cubby-hole sized tasting nooks.  As can commonly be found throughout Italy and much of Spain, the snacks are free as long as you order a drink, and sometimes with every new glass, comes a new plate of something to try, it may be the freshest olives you’ve ever had, or it could be a mini-sandwich.  Here are my pics of a sampling of the food we saw, and some of the food we ate…


Here is a map of this leg of my journey…

To better view this map, click on the “expand” icon in the far lower right corner and the map will open full size in a new window.