Before going to Italy, we knew that food was one of our top priorities. We have always loved Italian food but wanted to try it in Italy to see how it compared to our American version. Thanks to our Couchsurfing host, we were lucky to try some homemade recipes. Food is an important part of the culture, and the perfect way to introduce us to Italy.
We originally wanted to stay in Bologna as we heard so many great things about it. A Couchsurfer offered to host us in Reggio Emilia which is about 72km away. Knowing we preferred the cultural experience over an AirBnb in Bologna, we accepted the offer. Reggio Emilia is a small town not subjected to the exorbitant amount of tourists found in other Italian cities. It is also an easy launch point to go to Bologna, Parma, Modena, and Milan by train. Being there was a splendid way to see many cities from one point.
When traveling, what draws you to visit a new city?
Bologna was our intended first stop in Italy after spending two weeks in Portugal. The city intrigued us with its colors, old architecture, history, and food. We took the train from our Couchsurfing stay in Reggio Emilia, and discovered all the main attractions of the city. We liked Bologna more than we expected.