Italy's unofficial culinary capital, Bologna is beloved by foodies - the Emilia-Romagna region is the birthplace of lasagne, tortellini, parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar, to name but a few. Start your tour of this beautiful city with a stroll beneath the terracotta tiles of Piazza Maggiore, before swinging by the gorgeous, 1200-built Palazzo del Podestà. From there, head to the Quadrilatero, Italy's oldest food market, or, alternatively, treat yourself to a five-course feast at local favourite Banco 32 restaurant - the kitchen-facing bar is worth a visit alone. Grub aside, this city is home to the world's oldest university, so expect to rub shoulders with crowds of achingly cool bright young things.
Where to stay: Porta San Mamolo