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The best restaurant in Bologna: Ristorante I Carracci

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The Ristorante I Carracci is located in St. Manzoni 2 inside Palazzo Fava and owes its name to the numerous frescoes inside it painted by the Carracci brothers around the 1500s.

Right in the center of the vault of the main room it is possible to observe a painting representing the fall of Phaeton; while the allegorical figures on the four sides depict the four seasons.

The restaurant is part of the Grand Hotel Majestic Gia Baglioni, but is also open to external people interested in having lunch or dinner; it can accommodate a maximum of 70 seats.

In 2021 it was included in the Michelin Red Guide obtaining “Il Piatto” symbol of the quality of the products and the “Three Forks” symbolizing a comfortable location.

Read also: The 5 best taverns and trattorie in Bologna: from 1400 to today 

The menu

At the head of the staff there is the Executive Chef Guglielmo Araldi, who offers traditional Emilian cuisine, but also fish and vegetarian dishes using locally grown vegetables.

Araldi impressed its Mediterranean and Calabrian origins: in this way the flavours and scents of its land meet and dialogue with those of the Bolognese tradition. Among its specialties is the tortello stuffed with lobster, bergamot, turnip tops and smoked scamorza. An approach to cooking that overcomes regional barriers, and creates a completely original sensory experience.

Prices range from a minimum of 15€ to a maximum of 36€ and a full meal ranges from 65€ to 120€.

tortellini in brodo

What to see near the Ristorante I Carracci

The Ristorante I Carracci is located in the city center, just a few minutes from several symbolic places in Bologna. Discover them all with us!

Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore is the most important square in Bologna. Located in the city center, five minutes from the Ristorante I Carracci, Piazza Maggiore has undergone various changes over the years. Currently, it houses numerous historic buildings such as the Basilica of San Petronio, Palazzo d’Accursio and Palazzo del Podestà.

Read also: The most important square in Bologna and its buildings: Piazza Maggiore and 5 things not to be missed in Bologna.

The Fountain of Neptune

Behind Piazza Maggiore, you can find another historical monument of Bologna: the Fountain of Neptune. This fountain is one of a kind, as it hides one of the seven secrets of Bologna. 

Read also: A journey through the Seven Secrets of Bologna.

The Fountain of Neptune is an emblem of the city because, it is said, Bologna was born “from the waters”: what better symbol than the god of the sea?

If you want to know more, also read 5 things not to be missed in Bologna.

In Piazza del Nettuno you can also discover another very important building of Bologna: the Salaborsa Library. Discover it in the article The Salaborsa Library and its incredible uses over time.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of San Pietro

The Metropolitan Cathedral of San Pietro is a place of spirituality and union for the citizens of Bologna and it is located a few steps from the Ristorante I Carracci, in St. Indipendenza. Dating back to the X century, its imposing facade makes it impossible not to see it. To find out its history and what you can find inside, read also The Metropolitan Cathedral of San Pietro in Bologna: what’s to know?.

The Jewish ghetto

Not everyone knows that the Ristorante I Carracci is located in the ancient Jewish ghetto of Bologna.

The Jewish ghetto is easily recognizable: in fact, on every wall there is the Hand of Miriam, a symbol of Jewish culture.

In addition, in St. Manzoni 4, you can visit the Medieval Civic Museum, where the last four remaining Jewish tombstones in the city are preserved.

Read also: A trip to the ancient Jewish ghetto of Bologna.

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