We arrive in Bologna on 10 Oct and will stay for 7 nights. We plan to take a train to Milan and Florence and split our 7 nights between Bologna and these 2 other cities. Seems like staying next to the central station would make sense?
1) Is it reasonable to drag luggage on the streets and walk 5-10 mins to nearby hotels or are we better off staying further away and use the bus from the train station?
2) Any good hotels on a reasonable budget to recommend?
3) Any tips on saving on train fares between cities?
4) Would love to do a day foodie tour and cooking course at Bologna - any recommendations?
Thanks in advance for the help.