I'm traveling to Italy for the first time this October (my trip of a lifetime), we will be going on a Slow Food Tour throughout Tuscany, then traveling to Cinque Terre for 3 nights. I'm thinking about ending our Italy trip with 2 nights in Parma or Bologna. It will be Monday-Tuesday Oct 17-19.
I'm curious, are the markets open? Are there any restaurants open? If so, which markets/restaurants would people recommend? Also should we stay in Bologna or Parma?