Eating is especially important to the Bolognese, and its restaurants are said to be the best in Italy: indeed, the city is known as La Grassa (“The Fat One”), the result of a rich culinary tradition. For a snack, head for the Mercato di Mezzo, the former market hall at Via Clavature 12 where you can buy salads, calamari, platters of ham and cheese plus wine and beer from different stalls and sit at convivial shared tables – or take away.

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