Bologna - the city of the 3 T's
Trip Start Jan 14, 2010
60Trip End Sep 02, 2010
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What a surprise. The city is compact, very walk able and is full of food! And students. With a population about 400k, nearly half of that is either students or those who work for the university – obtw – the university in Bologna was the first. Not the first in Europe, or in Italy, but the originale of the world.
Did I mention the fooooood????
I walked a lot of miles in Athens and all I got to eat were salads. I roamed Venice thinking about what to eat and after a day of lots of footwork I ate a mouthful
I am bewildered by the myriad of dried, pressed, aged meat. Oh, and the cheese. Okay, the pasta is wonderful – tortelino and tagleitelle. I am in amore. Simpatico.
I can highly recommend this city for anyone with an appetite. OBTW if you want a cosmopolitan bar, you can find several around Neptunes square.
Speaking of that – how clever are these Bolognese? When Napoleon B came and destroyed all the figures of the Pope in Italy, these guys disguised their statue as the bishop. They changed the hat, gave him a spear and put a marble epithet on top that read "here is what-his-name the pontiff and father of our city" or some such nonsense. It worked. Good ole' N.B. passed right on by.
I can highly recommend the walking tour by Prima Classe - availble at the Tourist Info office at Neptunes plaza. Two hour well spent full of history, stories and great personal opinions by a native Bolongnese. Especially how to recognize a well made tortollini - by the thinness - near transparency of the pasta - you should be able to see the filling. Who knew?
Bologna is known for the 3 T's - Towers, Tortolloni (not the little tortollini's) and, you guessed it, Tits
It’s rained off an on since I arrived, and I don’t mind some rain, but this is getting a bit silly. Firstly it doesn’t rain in this part of Italy in May, second my shoes are constantly wet. Saturday is supposed to be worse yet and I still haven’t decided where I am going. Although I love the Hotel Novecentro – with its plush lobby, happy hour, grand breakfast, English newspapers, helpful staff, etc – I can’t see spending the money for another night if it’s just going to rain.
Saturday morning arrived and I still didn’t know where I wanted to go. I lean towards Ravenna with all her beautiful mosaics, but if it’s gonna rain… should I head on down to Chiusi and hang out? I was in the line to buy tickets before I made up my mind. Ravenna it is.