For Valentine's Day this year I got to visit Venice — the place that I think is the true “City of Love” — with the love of my life. Prior to arriving in Venice, however, my husband Jehan and I started our Italian journey in Bologna. We were in the region to attend an exclusive preview of the Ferrari 812 Superfast — the fastest Ferrari on the market — in the nearby town of Maranello.
We stayed in the Grand Hotel Majestic Gia Baglioni in Bologna. It’s a beautiful, classic boutique hotel that gave us a great taste of ancient Italy. It’s also centrally located, and we could walk everywhere we wanted to go to.
A visit to Maranello is really a great idea if you’re in Bologna. Anyone can book a tour of the Ferrari Factory and Museum and you can even hire a Ferrari for the day. My husband and I are both crazy about cars, and seeing the Ferrari 812 Superfast was quite an experience. This is a car that is all about speed (it reaches 340km/h), but it is good-looking, too.
In Bologna, we ate wonderful pasta. Our best meal was at Bottega del Café where I had the vegetarian pasta.
After the launch, we caught a high-speed train to Venice although, sadly, we arrived at night, so didn’t enjoy the dramatic experience of arriving in this water-logged city.