Markets, street food, wine tastings - this old neighbourhood is a tasty entrée into local life
An Old Town charmer
In the Old Town, one of the historical trading and commercial zones of the city is a warren of small streets bordered by Piazza Mercanzia, Via degli Orefici, Portico de Pavaglione, Via Clavatura, and Via Castiglione. Called Il Quadrilatero, one of its main features is the Mercato di Mezzo street market, but there are also wonderful street food options - a great way of experiencing local food at low prices and without spending a lot of time at table. At various food stands you can sample the classic local tortellini as well as all kinds of other pastas, cheeses, sausages, and more. In the evenings, many establishments on the piazza and nearby streets open their doors to offer Emilia wine tastings in good company. Especially during the warm-weather months, this is truly one of the most appetising districts of Bologna.