May in Bologna is a perfect time of year to visit this historic city of medieval colonnades and towers, the world’s oldest university, modern architectural icons, Italian car design, great cuisine and music. For the second of this year’s Master’s Weekends, 38 members ventured to Italy for a cultural overdose, staying in the Hotel Roma by the main city square, Piazza Maggiore. The weekend started with a live jazz concert and dinner in the cellars of the 16th century Palazzo Bentivoglio.

On Saturday, a walking tour of the architectural and artistic highlights of the Roman to renaissance city centre finished on a high note on top of the 40m tall 12th-century Prendiparte tower, for panoramic views of the city. A grand dinner in the renaissance interior of the Palazzo Isolani completed the day. Sunday started with Bologna’s modern architectural icons, including SET’s Shoah Memorial, Kenzo Tange’s Fiera complex and LeCorbusier’s Esprit Nouveau pavilion. It was then on to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Modena, famous for its post-modernist 1970s cemetery by Aldo Rossi, medieval and renaissance architecture and Future System’s Ferrari Museum.