Copenhagen Getaways: One hot Italian minute
When a study break is much needed..
A few weeks after this semester had started, I was already so tired of Quantitative Business Research and Corporate Finance, that I decided it was time for a little breather. The first thing I think of before deciding on a travel destination is: where do I know someone? Secondly: does Ryanair fly there? And that’s exactly what I did this time. I arranged to stay with a friend in Bologna and booked tickets for 69DKK each way. When tickets are that cheap, you can afford to miss a couple of days of class!
Italy is by far my favorite European destination – amazing food, high fashion and beautiful architecture. Bologna is not the most well-known city in Italy, but nonetheless worth a visit! It’s located in the northern part of the country, and extremely well connected by train to Milan, Florence and Venice. We had 4 full days and decided to explore Venice for one of them. Even if you haven’t been to Venice, you have a pretty good idea of what it looks like; but once you actually get there you’ll still be blown away. The cobble stone streets and canals are just so picturesque – no filter needed! Highly recommended for a day trip, although an overnight stay in one of the gorgeous boutique hotels wouldn’t hurt either!
Bologna on the other hand really surprised me. I was amazed by the city’s beauty – literally every building is decorated ornately and every café you pass has you longing for an espresso break. Bologna is also the home of mortadella, and the famous pink and white sausage can be seen hanging in every deli shop. The best lunch we had was at La Vecchia Malga in the old town; paper thin slices of mortadella, prosciutto and an assortment of Italian cheeses, enjoyed outside in the narrow street with a glass of red wine. Pizza always hits the spot, but please do try some of the other many options available! Explore Venice for one of them.
We were also lucky enough to have a local tour guide show us the best nightlife of Bologna; this includes Momu’s Cafe which serves the most alcoholic drink I have ever consumed despite its fruity taste- the Magic Sam (warning: you should pass on the second round if you wanna keep your memory). This was consumed outside, standing up under the heater lamps surrounded by crowds of loud Italians before heading off to a whole bar dedicated just to cheap shots in the university area, and finally ending the night in an underground club – Soda Pops – where dancing on the tables is almost mandatory. Overall a great experience, and very different to going out in CPH! Everything is a lot more casual and you just wait and see where the night will take you..
Ryanair flies directly from Copenhagen to Bologna and train tickets for trips within Italy can be purchased on www.trenitalia.com. Venice is an hour and a half on the high speed train from Bologna and tickets are approximately 10 euros each way. What are you waiting for?