Grand Hotel Majestic
“Bologna, is indeed, a special destination, especially if you are a foodie, like me! Of course, Italy in general is a foodie haven but if you want to be in the capital of Emilia-Romagna and be within a one hour drive to important artisanal farms and factories that produce the famous Parmigano Reggiano cheese, Parma ham and properly aged Balsamic vinegar, then this is a small city well worth a stay. The Grand Hotel Magestic, formerly known as the Baglioni Hotel, is the only 5 star hotel in the region.
It is perfectly located in the center of town, but do not be deceived by its entrance as it is rather plain and unimposing. Step inside and you are quickly transported to an era of grandeur and warmth - you'll feel well looked after. The staff is welcoming and helpful, the guest rooms are large and comfortable, featuring Venetian styled furniture, Murano glass chandeliers and pure linen bedding. If you choose to stay in the Presidential suite, you will have a private lift, but most importantly, a gorgeous terrace with amazing views of Bologna. While dining in the hotel restaurant, I Carracci, the wonderful ceiling frescoes dating from the 15th century will surely impress you as you enjoy the classic cuisine of the region. Breakfast is served in the well lighted and beautiful glassed-encased garden. This is an exceptional hotel of quality and history.”
- Trusted Friend: Louise Loia, Greenwich, CT
(Date Experienced: November 2012)
A visit and base within the historic city of Bologna, especially if you are in Milan, Florence or Venice - it couldn't be an easier side trip. There are impressive arched passageways throughout the city,so no need to worry about inclement weather. Opera, art, festivals of all sorts including a yearly chocolate festival in piazza Maggiore every November. Be sure to visit the Institute of Science and Arts and the Palazzo Fava for its changing exhibitions of important masterpieces. Also wonderful to do: arrange a dinner or cooking class in the private home of a "Cesarine" (empress of the kitchen). We dined in the beautiful home of Signora Mara Battilani. Take a look at Home Food, and arrange for your special evening of well prepared authentic cuisine with a lot of fun and personality included. You'll not forget it.
Your partner or foodie friend.
In Bologna, our 2nd dinner was at Trattoria Meloncello. Wonderful, traditional Bolognese pasta cooking in an authentic setting near a section of the old city wall about 10 minute cab ride from the center of town. Very reasonable prices. Memorable coffee place for coffee afficianados in the center of Bologna is Caffe Terzi.
Best time to go
Avoid the summer crowds and go in spring or fall. Plus, you'll enjoy the tagliatelle Bolognese more when the weather is cooler!
Bringing an extra thick duffel bag with bubble wrap and tape is a savvy idea to shop your way through speciality food markets. Then have the hotel box up your bag and send FED EX or UPS to your home.