Eating is especially important to the Bolognese: the city is known as La Grassa (“The Fat One”), the result of a rich culinary tradition. Its restaurants are said to be the best in Italy, and even the simplest restaurants and the many osterie often serve dishes of a very high standard.

Some of Bologna’s most colourful sights are inside its many food stores, particularly those between Piazza Maggiore and the Due Torri, epitomized by Tamburini at Via Caprarie 1. All manner of goodies are on offer, but look out in particular for tagliatelle and tortellini, regarded with great affection by Bologna’s inhabitants – the first tortellini are said to have been made by a Bolognese innkeeper trying to re-create the beauty of Venus’s navel.

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