Travel Notes - ODP Founder Allison's tips for classic style and favorite places in Bologna

Travel Notes - ODP Founder Allison's tips for classic style and favorite places in Bologna

Founder Allison wears some of her classic ODP wardrobe staples as she visits some of her favorite spots in Bologna

Allison Hoeltzel ODP Founder in Bologna

Photo by Linda Provini

Piazza Maggiore

The true heart of the city center, and just a few steps away from the ODP Studio, the Piazza Maggiore is always bustling during the day and perfect for listing to the street musicians or admiring the grand buildings surrounding the square.  During the summer months, the square turns into an outdoor cinema, with the Cinema Sotto le Stelle (Cinema Under the Stars) hosted by the Cineteca of Bologna.  

As even the summer months can have a slight chill at night, be prepared with one of the ODP Outerwear Capes or Ponchos, perfect for layering, and of course Sunglasses, which are a necessity for true Italian style.

The Archiginnasio

Built in 1553 to house the University of Bologna, the Archiginnasio is now home to the Municipal Library.

Archiginnasio Municipe Library in Bologna

 Photo by Linda Provini

Art, culture and heritage are showcased in this building, famous for the thousands of crests decorating the entrance, centuries-old symbols of the families of the first Alma Mater students.

The building is open to the public and a perfect spot to admire the courtyard and decorations, but don't miss the anatomical theatre, one of the original classrooms of the University of Bologna medical shool designed by Antonio Levante in 1637, and also take a peek into the historical rooms which preserve the archives.

 ODP Officina del Poggio Sling Bag and Mary Jane Shoes

ODP Sling Bag and Mary Jane Shoes, photo by Linda Provini

Comfortable footwear is a must, although keep it stylish as you want to be ready  for the aperitivo. The ODP Mary Janes are a year-round favorite, with the glove-like bolognese construction, crafted near Bologna in collaboration with artisan shoemaker Enzo Bonafè.

Da Cesari

A short walk from the Archiginnasio is the family-owned "Da Cesari" restaurant, known for its handmade pastas and locally-produced brand of wine in a cosy trattoria-style setting.

trattoria Da Cesari in Bologna
ODP O'Keeffe Hat and Cape at Da Cesari, photo by Linda Provini

If you are undecided, ask for a "bis" of pasta, which is tasting of two dishes. Allison's pick? The tortellini in brodo (tortellini in homemade broth), of course, and also the gramigna with salsicca (thick homemade pasta with sausage sauce)

Tortellini Handmade Pasta from Da Cesari Bologna

Tortellini and Gramigna, photo by Linda Provini


The true sign of an authentic bolognese meal? The parmesean should be freshly-grated over your dish at the table (never brought out in stale pre-grated crumbles).

Tortellini homemade pasta Da Cesari Bologna

Buon appetito!


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