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Jun 8, 2017 - Last day in Bologna

Thursday: When we set out the target today was the university area but we got waylaid by two more churches. The first was San Martino Maggiore which was inviting and had a very nice feel to it. We have developed a kind of rating system out of ten for churches (nearly all do above five out of ten). This one was about eight. The second was the much bigger San Giacomo Maggiore begun in 1257. In spite of its size it did not appeal as much (6/10) but its reputation rested mainly on one chapel built by the Bentivoglio family to celebrate the...

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Jun 7, 2017 - A bit more Bologna

Wednesday: This morning was spent at the Archiginnasio, Bologna's old university. Although the university is the oldest in Europe, it did not get this special building until 1565, bringing together all the various faculties. The main courtyard as well as the walls and ceilings of all stairwells, corridors and many rooms are covered in memorials to famous professors as well as the coats of arms of their students - over 6000 of them! A highlight was the Teatro Anatomico, the original medical faculty dissection theatre. This handsome lecture...

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Jun 5, 2017 - More from Bologna

Sunday: What else to do on a Sunday but visit churches? Dominating one side of Piazza Maggiore is the basilica of San Petronio. It looks rather odd from the outside as although it was started in 1398 the facade has never been completely finished. The lower parts are beautiful in pink and white marble while the upper sections remain dull dark brick. It was intended to be larger than St Peter's in Rome and is nearly so. The Gothic interior is cavernous and light filled. Mass was being said to a small congregation at the front altar and the...

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Jun 3, 2017 - Bologna

Friday (Cont): The city seemed rather quiet on the drive from the station and when we arrived at the Hotel Al Capello Rosso we were told that it was a holiday for the Republic. We were taken to our apartment just down the road and given a tour and it was easy to get lost. The front door opened into an hexagonal vestibule in which you could swing a cat. From there five doors led into spacious and well appointed rooms - a kitchen with large table, a sitting room with dining table, bedroom with much storage, another little vestibule which led...

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May 6, 2017 - Bologna

Spent today getting to know our new ‘home’ town. Our apartment is in a great location for a short walk to the historic centre, Piazza Maggiore with its ancient buildings, the Quadrilatero District with it gastronomic delights. Bologna is of course the home of Bolognaise, which isn’t eaten here with spaghetti. Bologna and its outskirts are famous for pasta, balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese and prosciutto. Heaven really.

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Oct 2, 2016 - Bolognese culture and the majolica of Faenza

First, Faenza, a small town about 50 km east of Bologna. Faenza is the home of the International Ceramics Museum, as well as having dozens of workshops and potteries selling beautiful majolica or faience pottery. I caught the train there on Saturday 1 October and for the first time this trip, it definitely felt like autumn. The streets were lined with trees with burnt orange autumn leaves. Then I realised that the trees were chestnuts and that the thumps I heard were the sound of conkers falling to the ground and cracking open. The prickly...

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Jun 20, 2016 - Bologna

Today we headed into Bologna and toured around for the afternoon. We toured the Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica Petronio the Fonta Del Nettuno, walked the Dell' Indipendenza and then climbed the Torri deli Asinellie Garisenda. At the top of the tower of Asinellie we could see all of Bologna and the pictures are fabulous. I bought some Parmigano Rgioanno just as the store was closing. Then we headed back to the outlet mall. Elton found another pair of shoes that are fantastic. Then back home. We grabbed a shower and walked downtown San Lazzaro...

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Apr 18, 2016 - Train to Bologna

4/18 We went to the info office near the arena after ckg out of hostel (must be out by 9 a.m.). Easy walk...down hill! Unfortunately, the tourist office does not open until 10 a.m.. Rather than pursue a bus to Bologna (which may or may not exist or leave earlier than a train at noon), we just took a city bus directly to train station. Once in the station to buy tickets they have a fancy "take a number and wait" system. However, rather than speed things up, the #s for our particular "train group" had only one counter so we waited over 30...

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Jul 22, 2015 - Bologna - Lamborghini / Ferrari /Ducati

Man its hot - 37c today here in Bologna and still no air conditioning in Rover - Good fun. Bologna is all about cars and bikes apparently. Over the next few days we have planned to visit three different factories and of course a Gelato Museum as well. We are based here for 7 days with day trips planned for Venice and Piza depending on hot the car gets. Here is Ollies diary from the day we visited the Lamborghini museo and Ducati Factory. In the morning it was the day I was waiting for going to the Lamborghini Museo. In the museo it had swag...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Bologna in 36 hours!

Bologna Not entirely trusting our GPS, Roberto and Alessia gave us directions on how to get to Bologna. Simple, they say. What they didn't say was that they were directing us to the Autostrada, a three land free-for-all. Posted speed is 130 kph and everyone is travelling a lot faster than that. Neither of us is liking the experience, so we head off the highway to take the coastal route. However, after dozens of huge roundabouts (some call them rotaries here) on our way through Rimini and Ravenna, we head back to the autostrada, change...

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May 8, 2015 - Bologna food tour

OMG! What a day we had today!! We were picked up at 7:05 am at our hotel. We quickly ate a breakfast before thinking we wouldn't have a chance to eat for quite awhile - wrong! A black large van picked us up and already had four other people inboard - couple from Texas and a young Asian couple from San Francisco. Really nice people! We headed out if town to the Parmesan Reggano factory. There were two more black vans there already withe the rest of our group and Allessandro, our very animated and knowledgable tour guide. This tour was...

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May 7, 2015 - Travel day to Bologna

We were up and had breakfast using up the last of the eggs. With the bread left I made chicken and cheese sandwiches to take on the train. It was chicken left from night before when I cooked some chicken to go on my leftover salad. Adriana came at 10:00 to check us out, get keys, and call us a cab. He came in five minutes. We each actually were able to take our luggage down in one trip. Edie hurt her leg on suitcase - cut and badly bruised. We sat in a McDonalds till just before train arrived. It was a large and VERY busy McDonalds. Got on...

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