From The TV Show: Lamborghini Tour in Bologna

In the Bologna episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy has the thrilling experience of driving in a Lamborghini! The Lamborghini Factory (Via Modena, 12; Sant’Agata Bolognese) doesn’t have a test track, so employees test-drive the cars on the city streets as Simone did with Kathy. Next time you’re in Bologna, head over to the …

From The TV Show: Tortellini-Making Lessons in Bologna

In the Bologna episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy learns how to make tortellini, the iconic filled pasta of Bologna. Legend has it that tortellini, the culinary symbol of Bologna, were created to resemble Venus’ belly button after an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess’ beauty. Sisters Daniela and Monica Venturi of Le …

From The TV Show: Biking Around in Bologna

In the Bologna episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy explores the small city center on a guided bike tour. Getting around Bologna by bicycle is convenient, as the city is small and many of its streets don’t allow cars. Velostazione Dynamo offers bike rentals as well as themed guided tours that take riders through …

From The TV Show: University of Bologna

In the Bologna episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy makes a visit to the historic University of Bologna. Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna is the oldest university in the western world. Especially notable are its Archiginnasio Library and Anatomi- cal Theater (Piazza Galvani, 1). Once the main building of the university, the …

Eataly World Opens in Bologna

This article appeared in the November 2017 of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. FICO Eataly World, a 25-acre interactive food park in Bologna was dubbed the “Disneyland of Food” by the international press, even before opening in November of 2017. This made me a bit skeptical before I made a pre-opening media visit, but I ended up impressed.  Yes, the best of Italy’s …

In Search of the Modern Grand Tour of Italy

This article originally appeared in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Dream of Italy. Updated 2018. Taking “a grand tour” sounds old-fashioned — and it truly is. Although the kind of leisurely, arts-focused weeks or months in Italy that many of us have only seen depicted in films like the 1985 Merchant-Ivory classic A Room with A View might sound romantic …

Foodie Fun in Bologna: Food Tours and Cooking Lessons

Recently the world has found a new reason to visit Bologna — food tourism. The city has always been famous for its cooking schools, but now locals are increasingly offering classes, food tours and other culinary experiences.

Eat, Pray, Love as You Travel Through Italy

Eat Pray Love has inspired many women to travel to Italy to follow in Elizabeth Gilbert’s footsteps. Now with the release of the movie starring Julia Roberts, find out how Eat Pray Love can inspire your own Italy travels.