The market district we found was a great place to pick up edible souvenirs for friends and family. We bought a mini-trio of balsamic vinegars from Modena, dark espresso beans, organic olive oils, vacuum-packed sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms for gifting.
Bologna is not a city overrun with tourists like Roma or Firenze. So we found lots of great food that was authentic and affordable. It was much easier to fall prey to a tourist trap restaurant in some of the bigger cities, but Bologna was absolutely charming and very serious about their food. It was a little bit off the beaten track, but worth the drive to get the feel for a smaller Italian city.
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