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 …

A locals guide to Portland, Oregon: 10 top tips

Tech money is changing a city loved for its location amid the great outdoors but its cool offbeat feel and famous beer and coffee scenes remain Brunch on Division St Division Street divides Portland in half, and a portion of the eastern section in the Richmond neighbourhood is buzzing with great affordable eateries including Bollywood Theater, (snacks from $4.25, pork vindaloo, $12); and Kati Portland, with its open kitchen, shanty-town chic interiors and delectable food: you may find yourself drooling over the mussa-muhn curry (lunch specials $8.95). Urban hiking Abandonded stone structure, built in 1950 to house a ranger station, in Forest Park, west of downtown Portland. Photograph: Dee Browning/Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy Stock Photo Park culture is big here but …