Bologna was created on a former coastline, where the Reno River once flowed into an ancient sea.  The southern part of the province lies in the hills and mountains while the northern part lies where the sea once was.

Bologna, a unique and unparalleled city, still preserves the rhythms and sayings of times gone by. "Andare in piazza" (going to the square) is the expression still used today when the inhabitants meet up in the old town centre. The "Piazza” is Piazza Maggiore, which has been the heart of the city since 1200.

But Bologna is not just beautiful. It is also extraordinarily welcoming, well known for the open and friendly character of its inhabitants, for the urban quality and joy of life, and for the endless night life.
The words of a famous song say “not even a child can get lost in the centre of Bologna”.


To travel along the Wine and Dine Route means travelling back in time, discovering the heritage, seeing the colours of the seasons and smelling their fragrances, listening to the people and savouring the peace of open spaces.

The Wine and Dine Route of the Bologna Apennines represents an ideal bridge between the areas touched by the "Città Castelli e Ciliegi" Route in the province of Modena and the route of the "Hills of Imola" to the east. The “Bread Route” is the first sub-itinerary of the Wine and Dine Route of the Bologna Apennines and runs between Loiano, Monzuno and Monghidoro.

Link: Wine and dine route of Bologna Apennines (italian)


The Wine and Dine Route of the Hills of Imola covers two hundred kilometres in ten municipalities in the hills and valleys of the Santerno, Sillaro and Sellustra rivers stretching to the upper plain north of the Via Emilia. These are the most western valleys in the province of Bologna, in an area known as “circondario imolese” (Imola district) which joins the Longobard Emilia to the Byzantine Romagna.

Land rich in harsh karst-type beauties but also in historical centres and important sites like the Autodromo of Imola (motor racing track) and the Enoteca Regionale (Regional wine cellar) of Dozza. The green hills covered in vineyards, villages and murals are connected by Roman roads to the nearby plain with its spas and fortified centres.

Winegrowing is an important activity and tradition in this area and in fact excellent Doc (controlled denomination of origin) and Docg (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin) wines are produced here with Sangiovese and Albana at the top of the list. Local food is every bit as good as the wine with many products that have been awarded the Igp (protected geographical indication) label such as shallots, peaches, nectarines, chestnuts and white veal meat. Mutton, salamis and cold meats, tasty cheeses, piadina romagnola, pasta dishes and desserts complete the offer of this not very large territory which offers tastes and a widespread hospitality tradition and culture.

Link: Wine and dine route of the hills of Imola

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