If you’ve already ticked classic Italian destinations such as Rome, Venice and Florence off your travel bucket list then you may find yourself wondering where to visit next. Bologna and Verona are two of the country’s popular cities that each have a brilliant array of things to see and do, from ancient architecture to influential academic institutions.

Both locations have plenty of points in their favor for factors such as culture, cost and shopping, which can make choosing between them a tricky task. Luckily, we’ve broken down the best of what each city has to offer to help you decide whether to visit Bologna or Verona.

City of Bologna