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EATING OUT NEARBY (our favourites)

Cream of the crop in our area, though it’s well known everywhere, is the long-established Trattoria da Vito, in the first street that crosses via Regnoli, Via Mario Musolesi, 9. Singers of the calibre of Francesco Guccini and Lucio Dalla regularly ate here, as well as being the life and soul of so many Bolognese evenings and late nights. It goes without saying that the menu is typically Bolognese!

Practically next door to us, in via Paolo Fabbri 20/d, there’s an excellent place that prepares salads, sandwiches and fresh food

For lovers of real sushi, there’s a tiny, but really original, place in via Massarenti, towards the centre

If you prefer a pizza, in via Sante Vincenzi 4/c there’s the long-established Pizzeria “I Tramp’s”

Walking towards via Massarenti, before reaching the ancient gatehouse, on the right, on the corner with via Alvisi, there is an old bar that makes fantastic sandwiches:

If you like fish, carry on along via Massarenti, towards the centre and just after the gatehouse there are two excellent restaurants:

in via San Vitale: (with an inside garden)

in via Broccaindosso

Still in via Broccaindosso, there’s a choice of trying typical Bolognese food in a Bohemian atmosphere or more sophisticated gourmet cuisine:

in the first case

or in the second

which, in summer, moves into its delightful vegetable garden one evening a week, to serve a special set menu (Scacco Matto agli Orti) for the occasion.

On the other hand, if you want to go further afar and try a real Japanese restaurant, there’s one behind the central rail station (it’s a good idea to book in advance)

In via San Vitale, there is also an ice cream parlour: (you should try the chocolate and the typical Sicilian cakes)

For vegetarian/vegan, if you are in the centre, don’t miss out on Centro Natura: this is a gym, with restaurant open to non members. It’s close to the Torre Prendiparte, which is worth a visit. It’s self-service and you can try vegetables you have never tasted before, but, especially, full of flavour even for those who don’t particularly like them.

Still in this area, in via Oberdan, the place for a coffee is TERZI



Bologna has been the birthplace of several internationally famous musicians, many of whom still perform in clubs with interesting programmes of music.

A list of the best known clubs, in the central area:

Classical restaurant/wine bar and long established jazz cellar

Restaurant and Music Club

Cellar bar next to the most beautiful square in Bologna (Santo Stefano)



Ten minutes walk away, there’s a multi-purpose sports centre with a swimming pool



The local market is in via Sante Vincenzi: here you can buy all kinds of things, including local speciality foods from the cold meats stall

Other markets near home:
COOP in via Massarenti (in front of the Hospital)
LIDL in via Libia
Crai in via Bentivogli