Fantastic Icecream and Pasta (Bolognese!)

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
Trip End Aug 23, 2013

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Suite Hotel Elite Bologna
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Italy  , Emilia-Romagna,
Friday, August 9, 2013

We decided to have a night in Bologna en route between Venice and Florence. The best thing about this city is the amazing colours of the buildings and the beautiful covered walkways that line the streets. All of the houses and shops are painted vibrant yellow and orange colours and in the warmth of the sunlight they looked absolutely stunning! We arrived in the afternoon and had quite a long walk to our hotel (it was hoooot as usual). After our nearly 3km trek through town we arrived at our hotel: Suite Hotel Elite - we didn't have high hopes. But it was a beautiful room with kitchenette and large lounge area with a balcony - and somehow one of our cheapest bookings! After a shower and rest we headed into town to explore.

We were struck at how many shops were closed and the huge amount of 70% SALE signs in the windows. As we have got further into our time in Italy this has become a common theme. Due to the recession, shop hours are decreasing so that they don't have to lay off staff and we have definitely noticed the empty streets especially around meal times when restaurants and bars should be bustling.

We walked through the beautiful central square and found a nice wee cafe that was opened and happened to sell (Tom's favourite...) Aperol Spritz! They served our drinks with some delicious olives and a basket of crisps which we enjoyed very much! For dinner we stopped at a local restaurant that had been recommended to us. Just after we sat down (under a large umbrella) it started to pour with rain. It was quite fun sitting eating with the rain beating down around us. I had the most delicious pasta with pears, walnuts and blue cheese - delicious. Tom had a bolognese, as one must in Bologna! On the way home we got an icecream - stratiacella and limone. It was the best icecream I have ever eaten in my life - no exaggeration!

The next day we took ourselves off on a walking tour of the city visitng all of the architectural highlights. The Cathedral was beautiful and one of our other favourite stops was the University buildings. We discovered that this University is actually the oldest in the Western hemisphere which was pretty cool and surprising. After spending time in the centre of the city we bused to the station to head off on the next leg of our journey: Florence, or 'Firenze' if you are Italian!

Lots of Love,


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Jessica Shields on

It's fun to read food as a common detail in all of your blogs - do you find it kind of characterises a lot of your experiences and memories of a place? I guess the recession is a lot more evident over there than here, rather sad to hear that. My friend Lawrence did an exchange to Bologna before I met him in Heidelberg, you'll be able to compare experiences in December at the wedding. Hope Pompeii was a good day!

Dorothy H on

The icecream sounds delicious, maybe I can Ian to recreate it!
Have fun.

Dorothy Johnston on

Now I know why we see you in different clothes all the time. With all that wonderful food and ice cream you must be changing size.

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