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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 22, 2016 - Ferrara

Checked out this morning and headed back into Modena. I had read and seen pictures of the Sanctuary of Madonna of San Luca. It looks spectacular. So we tried to find it. The GPS took us back downtown, which didn't make sense as I could see it on the highway up the hill. That did't work out so we headed down the highway, following the GPS. She said say left and I looked ahead you couldn't tell what left meant. The sign to Farrara appear to be on the right turning left. So we went the wrong way and couldn't get off the autostrada for 13 km....

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Jun 21, 2016 - Moderna

Started the day with a light breakfast. Then packed up the cold pizza and pop for lunch. We headed down the highway to Modena and booked an appointment for balsamic vinegar tasting at acetate Malpighi. Down the road to the Duomo and several other piazzas, monuments et all. We had our pizza in the car while we sat regrouped. Then back down the road to the tasting. We arrived on time and we were requested to wait as there was another group to join us. So we waited for a ew minutes when we were then told that the other group was going to be a...

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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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Jun 11, 2016 - Riccione

Friday 10th June 2016 Yet more rain overnight and the ground is sodden – but our bikes are still intact and as we pay and go – the owner is a bit off – maybe he’s pissed off too! The drive South is a bit of a pain as we head for the Republic of San Marino – but we bump our way down Route SS16 – it’s a terrible road surface – and we spend more time avoiding the cracks and potholes. But as we get further South the clouds inland look really black – and so we opt for plan B – a coastal resort campsite – and we choose one just south of Rimini on...

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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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Oct 18, 2015 - Ravenna

Friday, October 16 Today we left for Ravenna, a city on the Adriatic Sea between Tuscany and Venice which is famed for the stunning Byzantine mosaics on display in several of its 1500 year old churches. We drove east of Borgo di Vagli, across the mountain range, passing the lovely town of Gubbio, which we had visited previously, and the fortress-topped town of Urbino before reaching the coast. We followed the coast past towns such as Riccione and Rimini. In the summer, these coastal resort towns are apparently absolutely teeming with sun...

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Greek Odyssey 2015

Oct 4, 2015 - Prosciutto, parmigiana and Verdi

After a late breakfast we met Salvatore in reception at 10:15 as arranged. A driver with a minivan awaited without and we were soon on the way to Langhirano, about 20 km away, which is the 'home' of Prosciutto Di Parma'. Of the 164 factories that make the officially certified prosciutto more than 100 are centred on this town. We joined an Italian tour group and were given a 30 minute talk, with some slides, on how the prosciutto is made and packaged. After this our guide had the presenter do it all again while Salvatore translated....

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Oct 3, 2015 - Venice to Parma

Today we left Venice to join our tour group in Parma. It actually took us two days to realise that our hosts Marli and Mauro actually did live in the apartment. Both they and their little dog Lulu were so quiet that most of the time we did not know that they were there. It was on the morning of the third day when I got up that I saw Marli go into the room, that I had thought was an office, after preparing our breakfast. We never got to meet Mauro who left each morning before 6 and returned after 9. Our trip to the station was uneventful...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Maserati driving at Parma

Hello everyone We went to Parma for a two days Maserati driving programme called the Master GT. We had bid for this in a charity auction in a moment of unconstrained excitement. The auction was to raise money for disadvantaged children to learn music. If a child has talent this can be a path to confidence or a career option. The Maserati programme is run on a race track that is used for actual race events as well as for training events for various manufacturers like the Maserati Master GT and Maserati High Performance. Ferrari run events...

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Averill and James

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 12, 2015 - Ferrara - cycling off all the pasta ...

Ferrara Our host, Barbara, asked us "Why Ferrara?" Well, it's a small city, with no steep climbing, it's almost entirely walled and it's great for cycling. We are so glad that we stopped here; we and only wish we'd had more than three days. What we didn't realize is that vehicles are not allowed on the street for our apartment, Via delle Volte. No wonder our GPS couldn't get us there. Drive it we did ... and we are crossing our fingers that the video surveillance didn't get our license plate. It's a 80Euro fine to drive in the historic...

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