Love it or hate it: Christmas is upon us!
And what better place to spend it than Bologna?!
Well… A few, maybe, far north in Scandinavia, but you’ll be surprised to find out how many initiative and traditions Bologna has to offer for Christmas. So put your ugliest sweater on and embrace the festive spirit!
Bologna’s food tradition is bound to never let you down, let alone at Christmas! Traditional tortellini in broth is a real must on the 25th, together with an array of main courses and desserts; and if you don’t have an Italian family to cook all that up for you… No problem, just hop on one of our food tours and we’ll take care of you!
When talking about desserts, we have to mention our traditional Certosino, or Panspeziale, Bologna’s alternative to Pandoro and Panettone. The ancient recipe dates all the way back to the 800s and contains cinnamon, fruit, nuts, chocolate and much more. It is also officially registered at the chamber of commerce of Bologna.
Also, during this time of the year, our Daylight food tour end at the Christmas markets for you to get lost between the stands and find some festive souvenirs. There are three different markets around the city center: Santa Lucia Church porticoes, Via Altabella and Minghetti Square.
Whether you want munch on some sweets, or look at the Christmas ornaments, it’s delightful to walk around, smell the fragrances and let it take you places.
There is one memory I personally have of Christmas in Bologna, back when I was studying there. I remember finishing class pretty late and walking down Strada Maggiore at about 7 pm, through the Santa Lucia Christmas Market. It didn’t matter I was cold and hungry, I’d stop to look around on my way to the bus even though it’d likely mean missing it.
It’s a fond memory I have of those Christmas evening walking through Bologna and I’m sure you’d like it too, if you gave it a try.
Stefano Dozza - Delicious Bologna Food Blogger