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 …

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 …

10 of the worlds best city views: readers travel tips

These stunning viewpoints put the fun into funiculars and the drama into panorama and many have art, bars and cafes to enjoy, too Winning tip: Jaipur, India Nahargarh Fort sprawls around a rocky outcrop above the Pink City of Jaipur in sthan province. Take a rickshaw up the hairpin road or go in the evening and tackle the stiff 20-minute hike up the path from the citys northern edge. Wander the extensive battlements and find an empty rampart or dome-covered lookout for incredible views over the constant tumult of Jaipur. Grab a late beer at the forts Padao Cafe and watch the famous pink render of the citys buildings glow in the evening sun.SPD Havana, Cuba Photograph: Kate Hockenhull/Alamy The …