Astoria Hotel Bologna
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... couple needed to have a chamomile tea to calm them down! Back to the hotel room and after a little rest we ventured out to do a big shop getting ready for Pistoia – no perishables but did find interesting bits and pieces and thousands of Balsamic vinegar options – all made in Modena! We are too pooped to go out again so spending time catching up on this blog and ate food in the ...
... in with the Italian drivers. It's 8 pm and I know it gets dark just before 9pm.. Great... dark just when we have to turn off the autostrade and onto the winding country roads.... make good time since driving like Italians... Take the turn off for Urbino ( larger town we have to drive through to get to Urbania... It's now pitch black outside, narrow twisting country roads, more " traffic circles" than you can imagine for such a rural area. ...
... with tomato meat sauce (Bolognese). I didnt know tortellini is a special local food from Bologna but my choice was the best. Even though the price was way too expensive for only tortellini, salad and coke - 26€. Just waked a bit of town after late meal and tried to find a supermarket to buy salads and water. After that, just came back to the B&B place then enjoyed chilling in my big double bed ...
... the parts and the cars are made
Saw a collection of private old F1's that sit in the worlds most expensive garage. They cost around $1.5m each and there were 30+ of them there. The owners store them there and for a fee Ferrari maintain them for when the owners feel like taking their car for a drive on the factory owned race track.
... Malvasia with a gorgoyle at the top of the arch, built over a 13th century house. So old!!!
Piazza Santo Stefano, Chiesa de San Francesco and Temple of Isis Trust the Catholics to build churches on pagan ceremonial or sacred sites. This site used to be the temple of Isis. Now it's a monastery and a church. Inside the temple, was a catacomb. There were only two chairs. No fancy paintings, sculptures or decors. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAstoria Hotel Bologna
At first the approach to this hotel is a little frightening. It is located down an alley surrounded by five story apartment buildings (typical architecture for Italy) and the rear views of a number of store fronts. If you turn your back to the surrounding area and just look at the front entrance you will not notice how run-down the surrounding area is. The lobby of the hotel is very clean and attractive. The front desk reminds me of something out of a Clark Gable movie as do the room keys. As you leave your room you drop your key at the front desk because it has a large brass fob attached to it. You never lock yourself out of your room as it takes the key to lock the door.
The rooms are small but have everything you need to make yourself more than comfortable. The beds are a medium comfort level neither hard nor too soft. two pillows come per person along with an extra blanket so you don't need to ask for them. We had room 204 and had no complaints. Breakfast is limited to cold cereal, cold cuts, cheese, bread, cakes, juice, and coffee/tea. Enough to fill the void but not your typical hot breakfast.
The hotel is located in amongst the local people of the area. They are hard working with a very strong work ethic and tight connection with family.
Around the hotel are many great places to eat at under 5.00 euro's. If you want a traditional Bologna meal with delicious food and a place that treats you like royalty, may I suggest Papa Rae's. The meals run from about 30 Euro's per person but this includes all the courses and 2 glasses of fine wine.
I found that while traveling with my daughter it was great to be able to have a way for us to stay connected. during Carnival the crowds can get thick and it is easy to get separated in Venice. WIND, located across the square from Papa Rae's Restaurant sold us unlocked phones completely set-up with 159 minutes on each including the phone for 29 Euro's per phone. all that was required was photo I.D.
If you are looking for a grocery store try Pam's. it is a 2 minute walk from the hotel and they carry everything.
Things to see include the University of Bologna and the towers. Taxi's are really cheap so don't hesitate to take one when the feet start to hurt. Have fun on your trip! Liz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.