|So we woke up this morning, at 8, and the sun was shining for the first time since I got to Venice. It kind of stunk that this happened to be the day we left Venice. Although, it was also nicethat my last memory of Venice was the sun shining and reflecting on the grand canal.
So we got up, ate breakfast at the hotel, packed up our stuff and said goodbye to Venice. We took the vaporetti, the water transport, to the train station. We boarded a train and an hour and a half later we were in Bologna.
We met up with Adam's professor, Peter, who is currently on sebatical there. He informed us that today was a big holiday in Italy, feast of the epiphany. This is commemerating the day when the magi visit Jesus. In Bologna, there were all sorts of celebrations. We started of by visiting the large and amazing church in the city square. We were quickly ushered out ss they were preparing for services and the days festivities.
Peter then treated us to lunch at Eataly, a resteraunt/bookstore. Lunch was good and I had a vegitarian plate which was basically spinach. After lunch, we headed back to the square to find tons of people, a sheep petting zoo, a nativity scene made of real people, and a band a young girl singing Christmas Carols. She even sang jingle bells with a lovely Italian accent :-)
We then decided to go to a small care near where Peter lives, where he knows the family that runs it. He treated us to hot chocolate. In Italy, the hot chocolate is super thick and super rich. We then decided to climb one of the two towers in the city to get a great view of the city.
The climb was rough, the steps were uneven and steep, and there were a lot of them, but once we got to the top and saw the view, we knew it was worth it. It was extremely windy at the top, but just an amazing view.
We then headed back to the train station, and on our way there were fireworks for the holiday. They weren't Zambelli, but still a great end to our day in Bologna. We then took the train to Florence.
In Florence,we checked into our hotel and then went to find a place for dinner. We shared bruschetta, each had a glass of wine and I had the spaghetti pomodiro, so yummy. We were both exhausted so we headed back to the hotel to relax and get a good night's sleep.