About Christopher L
Lives in Sundby, Denmark
Since Mar 2010
25-34 year old male
I like to experience countries from a local point of view: couchsurfing, local advise or mingling with locals in other ways. I don't live in one place and I move constantly which has made my travel style quite relaxed and laid back as I am used to changing environments and cultures. I am a native to Denmark but I have lived two years on/off in the US (San Fracisco), which is one of my favorite cities! I moved to The Netherlands (Breda) to study, and continued to Italy to do an exchange program and write my thesis, and India for work. I am a frequent visitor to all the four countries. Some of my favorite cities include: Copenhagen (Denmark) because it is relaxed, open and friendly. Bologna (Italy) for its sublime food and always dynamic ambience. Mumbai (India) for all its craziness. Breda (the Netherlands) for its student vibe, pub culture and night life. San Francisco US) because of its liberal views and caring people. Jaipur (India) because of the lassi and street food!
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
Living in Bologna means eating out often — the food is simply amazing, and the prices are not bad. I have tried many restaurants in Bologna but I still find this place to be one of the most authentic, and one of the best homes of Bolognese cooking. Da Nello al Montegrappa is close to the main square (Piazza Maggiore), but down a small alley hiding it a bit from the main tourist drag.
If you are in Italy and want to live like an Italian, then every morning should start with a cup of coffee and a brioche. This is the Italian way to start the day and it is no different in Bologna. Bologna is, as many Italian cities, loaded with small cafes so it is not difficult to find one. However, finding a special local one is more tricky. Forno is one of the nicer places, which feels authentic and — because of its location — not too touristy.
When it comes to ice cream, Italy is the place to go. All villages, towns, and cities will have small vendors selling delicious gelato, and Bologna is no exception to the rule. While there are many great places in the city, Cremeria Funivia in Piazza Cavour is my absolute favorite. The ice cream is simply amazing and it's always crammed full of locals!
Piazza Verdi is one of the very central squares of Bologna and hence very much a part of the beaten track. Nonetheless this square has an authentic side to it too. In the evenings — when most tourists will go elsewhere to eat or drink, or relax at their hotel — all the city's students gather here with cold beers, bottles of wine, and take away pizzas, turning this square into a dynamic network of locals. If you want to get off the beaten track in the middle of the touristy old city center, then head here on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evening, and get chatting to the locals.
This is truly an 'off-beat' thing to see. The University of Bologna is among the oldest in the world, and its library is very impressive. It looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie! While I do not suggest spending hours in here, it is interesting to see one of the oldest university libraries in the world still intact and in use today. The architecture, the furniture, the old books... There is something quite remarkable about this place!
La Piccola Venezia means 'Little Venice' but you if you're expecting Venice, you may be disappointed! While actually just a single canal, it's a lasting reminder of what Bologna used to look like and is worth a detour if you're nearby and keen to get off the tourist trail and unearth the 'real' Bologna.
If you want to continue to eat like a local when you get home, pick up some Bolognese delicacies and sweet treats in the medieval market quarter at Paolo Atti & Figli to pack into your suitcase for friends and family back home.