NH Bologna Villanova
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
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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 ...
... is that the figures were sculpted in the early 15th century. They are six hundred years old!! As if this was not enough, the church also has an upstairs gallery, with a fantastic painted ceiling, and yet another amazing sculpture set. How come they could do such wonderful work five and six hundred years ago, and now Saatchi pays millions for a crazy woman's dirty knickers and a stuffed shark? It makes no sense.
After all of this, Michael went in search of ...
... of the stalls of the Christmas street market. Now all he has to do is pack the dirty socks and then go round to the post office tomorrow again. Incidentally, Italian post offices are great places to see numerous breeds of dog. Why do people take a dog on a trip to the post office, where they surely know from experience they will have a long wait, and the dogs will bark and squabble?
Anyway, back to Bologna. ...
... good dinner, but again quite pricey, especially the wine.
We decided it did not deserve a second drink, and walked onto to nice, little wine bar for a nightcap and a final taste of Bologna. Michael described it as a cross between Siena and Naples. The charm and atmosphere of Siena, combined with the size and frantic pace of Naples.
A great city though, which we are looking forward to exploring more fully ...
... Only the best for these guys! Lastly, we went to a small, local restaurant in the hills around Modena and feasted on about 8 dishes of pastas, meats (steak and rabbit), desserts, wines, digestivs, etc. We could hardly move afterwards. One of the highlights was going back in the kitchen to watch the women make tortellinis. We were done by 4:00 or so but we couldn't move for the rest of the night and certainly ...