Looking for the cheapest plane ticket that would get my husband and I to Croatia, we ended up flying into Venice, Italy. Next, we had to figure out how to get from Venice to Croatia. We choose to take a direct flight from Venice to Split, through Volotea airlines. This airline only flies twice a week from Venice to Split, so we had more time in Italy than we originally expected. We immediately set our sights on Bologna, and I’m glad we did.
Bologna is only an 1.5 hour high-speed train ride and was worth the quick visit. Its a gorgeous and relatively quiet city, as it’s not as heavily visited tourist destination and some of the locals were just returning from travel.
For two days, we walked around the beautiful city, stopping at different bars for cappuccino or a glass of wine. Our favorite gelato Galliera 49 and pizza shop, Forno Brisa, were just across the street from each other, and I know if we had more time would have been back to both!
Really, the main reason we went to Bologna was for the food. So, while there we took a Cook Italy cooking class with Carmelita. We choose to take the half day class that starts in the market (highly recommend) and then learn how to cook a pasta + meat. It was so fun to explore the beautiful market and pretend we were locals. Afterwards, we went to Carmelita’s cute apartment and made ravioli and chicken. Though jet lagged and not nearly as good of a cook as my husband, I still loved the class!