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December 3, 2014
We weren't sure what to expect of Bologna. We didn't really know anything about it. We knew they're known for their food and ended up really liking ...
... breakfast buffet comes with the room
Cakes, croissants, meats, eggs, fruit, cereal, juices
We choose "multivitamen juice"
And coffee - take your pick
As many as you want
Next, to the train station
Adorable Spanish student
Strikes up a conversation, practice English
We manage to get tickets for "domani (tomorrow) on the 13:20
To Florence then to Siena (or so we thought :-))
... city center
A mere 6 km away
Star Excelsior is contemporary and as promised
In city center directly across from the train station
From our window we can see the morning and evening rush
From our hotel, most of the "sites" are minutes away by foot
Modern art museum,
We have only 1 full day here
So we pick and choose
Dinner - da Nello al Montegrappa
Sauted mushrooms, house wine, veggie plate, ...
... out we saw some Maseratis (made in Modena) leaving the factory. This area really is super car heaven, with Pagani and Lamborghini also made close by.
We made it to our hotel in North Milan in the late afternoon and stopped in for a very nice meal in the hotel restaurant. As this is a business hotel and it is the weekend, we managed to pick up a suite at a very reasonable price with the hotel being next to a station and closer to the lakes.
... signage at station and no directions on hotel web site. Hotel 4 Viale Masini modern and comfy for 64e. Room faced Main Street to west and was 28deg when I arrived. Reception said law made them turn off aircon on 15 Oct!! Fortunately could open window a bit. Lunch at tabac/bar next door- cheese salad with good bread. Walked up yo main square and cathedral and back thru labyrinth of lane ways with covered footpaths ...