Bologna doesn’t always get as much attention as its well-visited neighbours’ - creative Florence to the south and beautiful Venice to the northeast - do. But Bologna is certainly worth a closer look; from its vibrant history and medieval grid of red-roofed buildings to its edgier side of counter-culture, the city is one-of-a-kind. For me, Bologna is like a mother cuddling her son; full of comfort, love, and the joy of life. Besides the most touristy things to do in Bologna, such as exploring the lively center of towers and domes and wandering through sun-lit squares, there are plenty of other things to do and see in secret Bologna. Known for gastronomy and delicious local produce, Bologna is full of unusual experiences and cool places to see; many of which also happen to be free. So here’s my handpicked list of unique and unusual things to do in Bologna; including some of the top local foodie favorites. Whether you're visiting for two days or longer you can’t really visit Bologna without enjoying some of its delicious food, so explore Bologna off the beaten path and uncover the city’s secrets, in its food, architecture and hidden local spots.