Great Destinations Radio Show: Bologna

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Keri Jones visits Bologna in Italy. The city is known for its 40km of covered arcades that front its red sandstone buildings. Tall, medieval towers also punctuate the city skyline.

Bologna is also Italy’s foodie capital and Keri meets a woman who keeps locals fed with her home made pasta business, which has been, featured on UK cookery shows. She shares one of her pasta sauce secrets, too.

Bologna is a major and one-fifth of the population are students, but Keri chooses an unusual topic to study when he enrols in the Gelato University.

You can’t visit this part of Italy without calling in on the Ferrari Museum to find out which models were favoured by famous stars of music and sport.

Also on the programme this week…

Munich: Munich is one of the world’s great cities and it is Germany’s third-largest with 6 million people within easy reach of its centre. Munich is famous for the world’s largest beer festival and funfair that runs for just under three weeks from mid September, despite its name, Oktoberfest. Travel blogger Christina Guan lives in this part of Bavaria and shares her insider tips.

India: India is high on many people’s bucket list of places to visit, but with such a diverse country, it can be difficult to know where to start. I spoke to Sue Livsey from specialist travel company Cox and Kings to get her tips on visiting the sub continent. Sue told me that the northwestern state of Rajasthan is what most people imagine of when they think of India.

Alaska: Alaska is unlike anywhere else in the United States. For a start, it’s twice the size of Texas, which means you need to do some planning before you visit. I spoke to Lisa Maloney, author of the Moon Guide to Alaska, who told me it’s best to break this vast state down into manageable chunks.

Madagascar: Madagascar, lying off the coast of southeast Africa, has been a mecca for nature lovers since the days of Charles Darwin. It’s home to some of the world’s most unique and iconic wildlife. Keri spoke to Linah Andrianambinina, from specialist travel company Authentic Madagascar Tours, about why it’s such an amazing country to visit.

Haggle: Brits love a bargain but we get really uncomfortable when we have to barter. So, how do you do it when you’re on holiday? Experienced travel blogger Sherree Hooker has fine-tuned her haggling skills in Vietnam, Cambodia and China. She shares her tips and secrets!

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