During my week in Emilia-Romagna, I spent just as much time wandering through the cobbled city streets as I did basking outside in the countryside and that proved a perfect balance. This particular region really caters to travelers seeking interactive experiences, especially those relating to cuisine and crafts. Luckily, I got to explore both art and the art of food.
It wasn’t until our very last night, however, that I discovered a very special place seemingly hidden in the middle of nowhere. The Opera02 is a quiet bed and breakfast just outside of Bologna. I stayed in the lovely Plum room and quickly fell in love with the adorably feminine decor. There are eight rooms in total and each has it’s own aesthetic. Can you guess which one is mine?
As personable as each room is decorated, it is really the view that makes the biggest impression. The floor-to-ceiling windows literally look out onto fields and fields of vineyards. We arrived just as the sun was setting and while I only had a few minutes of daylight to snap some photos, the real magic was simply staring into the endless green and blue abyss of beauty. I still remember how clear and crisp the March air felt as I breathed it in and that’s saying something considering my nose was stuffed most of the week. I felt effortlessly at ease and I sat outside on my porch until dinner.
The next morning I woke up early and took advantage of the few hours I had left on the property. To be honest, I really do wish I had more time here. It’s such a nice compliment to the city and is only a short drive away. Since I very rarely rent a car when I travel, I asked the owner how someone might get from Bologna’s city center to the agricultural hotel and he said that they (a staff member) can and often do arrange that type of transport. I think a perfect combination would be to spend two or three days in Bologna and then another two (or more!) days here.
Megan Eileen McDonough
Megan Eileen McDonough is a New York City-based freelance writer the founder of Bohemian Trails, a blog covering global lifestyle trends for the savvy and stylish traveler. Her cultural escapades have taken her to Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and across the United States. Megan’s work has appeared on Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, US Airways and USA Today among others.