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... with bags in their hands!
Went to the Piazza Maggiore after breakfast. It is the historic centre of town with the obligatory church/cathedral (Basilica del Santo Petronio). We visited the City library first. It is a very cool library, very modern but with a beautiful old ceiling. Couldn't do much reading as it is all in Italian.
It was the Church after that. The most interesting thing in the church other than the ...
Yesterday, much to Joy's delight, Michael found the house where Guido Reni died, and today, thanks to a casual question to the hotel night manager, he was able to take her to the church where Il Guercino is actually buried. This is San Salvatore, and wasn't on our list of visits, but boy was it worth the walk. The night manager, Francesco, could not have been more helpful, and was delighted that someone was taking such an interest in Bologna's artists - one in a million ...
... snow had gone, and the sky was a brilliant clear blue, but the day was very cold. Thank goodness for our new coats. Today we simply toured around gazing in awe at the buildings and taking photo after photo. No galleries today, but the splendour of the churches and the two (that's right, two) cathedrals were enough on their own. We broke for coffee and croissants before finishing our round of the city at the church of ...
... hours and a bit gazing at Reni, Guercino, Caracci, and a stack of others. Wonderful.
Michael had seen enough in about 30 minutes so went off to explore Bologna on his own. First of all it is a very historic city. You can see, without being told, that every single building has a long and fascinating history. Almost every building (and there are many) has its own architectural style. Everywhere you look, there ...
You may be wondering why I titled this post eat-aly, I am convinced that the itlians are determined to send me home with a little extra weight. The food is one of the best parts of experiencing Italy, but they also think that they need to stuff you to the brim with pasta. :) haha I love Italians. Granted there ware lots of different types of pasta and suaces and meats, and then there is the pizza, ...