A locals guide to Bologna, Italy: top 10 tips

Famous for its medieval buildings and culinary brilliance, this vibrant university city also has a radical edge, offbeat cafes and great countryside at hand Bologna stakes a claim to being the oldest university city in Europe, perhaps the world, and a roll call of the alumni of its 1088-founded institution throws up names such as Erasmus of Rotterdam, Thomas Becket, several popes, Copernicus and, more recently, Guglielmo Marconi. But this is no fossilised museum town; Bolognas scholarly tradition attracts a constant influx of young people keeping this Emilia-Romagna city vibrant and challenging. Screen idol Photograph: Roberto Serra/Getty Images A 1920s abattoir has been converted into one of Italys most important independent cinemas. Two screens show the latest releases and arthouse …

Great modern architecture in Europe: readers tips

Our readers selection of (mostly) urban design masterpieces contrast or harmonise with traditional surroundings Winning tip: Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria With its quirky blob architecture, this gallery is nicknamed the friendly alien by locals, and viewed from Schlossberg hill in the city centre, it does look like an extraterrestrial has landed smack bang in the old town especially at night, when the facade glows in a pixellated light show. The contemporary art shows are well worth a look, too. Adult 9.50, 6-26 years 3.50, oodihelsinki.fiFran Profile Readers’ tips competition: send a tip for a chance to win a 200 voucher Show Hide Every week we ask our readers for recommendations from their travels. A selection of tips will be featured online …

Five great Interrail itineraries across Europe

Interrailing is an easy way to see the continent. We plot itineraries that cover the Med, the Alps and an affordable version of the Orient Express Lakes and mountains Suggested duration 15 days Stops Lausanne, Annecy, Chamonix, Zermatt, Lucerne, St Anton, Zell am See, Innsbruck, BernShortcut Head straight to Zermatt to make it an 11-day tripBest Interrail pass 15 days within two months (337 youth/439 adult/395 senior/under 12s free) or the tighter 10 days within two months (274/357/321/free). Plus train reservations The sight of a gleaming railway snaking over an Alpine pass or hugging a lake has long inspired travellers, and both are well served by rail routes. This itinerary weaves from France through Switzerland to Austria, with spectacular views …