7:30 p.m. Aperitivo at Le Stanze Another very decent aperitivo option in Bologna is Le Stanze. A former 16th-century private chapel of the Palazzo Bentivoglio, one of the highlights of a visit here is the high ceiling, which is adorned with beautiful pastel frescoes. Aperitivos and plates of pasta, grilled vegetables, bite-sized pizzette and cheeses are all hallmarks of Le Stanze. Cost: €7 which includes any drink or cocktail.
9 p.m. Pizza Casa I’m still hungry and when walking out of Le Stanze, I smell pizza. Pizza Casa (Via delle Belle Arti 6)is a simple pizzeria that does great pizza, which is freshly baked in their huge oven and it’s just up the road a few hundred yards from Le Stanze. It’s popular with students and locals. Pizzas are very competitively priced with a margharita pizza costing just €2.50. You can create your own, which I did. My pizza (I called it ‘Kashizza) consisted of tomato, garlic, potatoes and a topping of rocket leaves. Delicious. Pizza and potatoes is a Michelin star winning combo. Cost: €3.50
10:30 p.m. clubbing at Kinki If you’re in the mood for clubbing, the club scene in Bologna is not the most vibrant for what you would expect in a student city. There are a lot of Irish bars, which are popular with the students and tourists, hence you can expect overpriced drinks. However, there are cool clubs like Kinki, which has been an icon of the local club scene since 1950. I was curious to check out the place with a few friends and I wasn’t disappointed. Free entry, good music, and drinks and cocktails were around the €5-€7 mark. The crowd was a mixed bunch, but overall I had a decent night. Cost: €13 for one beer and an Aperol Spritz.
12:30 a.m. Piazza verdi The perfect place to end 48 Hours in Bologna is in the lively Piazza Verdi, where the students congregate at night to chat and drink into the late hours. It felt like I had stumbled into some huge street party. Nothing beats summer nights with people on the streets and drinking cheap good wine. The latter is no problem. For €3–€5, you can get a very nice bottle of Sangiovese in Bologna. Cost: €5