The last city that we choose to visit in our city break was Bologna, also known as la rossa because of the color of the buildings. What I loved here was the marbled pavements that made Bologna easily to explore by foot. Due the large student population Bologna is an animated place. This is a thriving university city and the enormous University of Bologna is Europe’s oldest, founded over 900 years ago. This city is known also because of the pasta bolognese ( red as the city 🙂 ) and here taste like nowhere else in Italy.
In the heart of Bologna are the city’s two main squares, Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore.
Piazza Maggiore marks the oldest part of the city and this huge pedestrian square is surrounded by some impressive medieval and Renaissance buildings.
Also in this square is the city’s largest church San Petronio, the fifth largest in the whole world. Basilica di San Petronio has a terrace with a panoramic view of the city.
Other main attractions of Bologna are the two leaning towers : Torre degli Asinelli and Torre Garisenda, also symbols of the city, which almost seem to defy gravity. The most curious feature is they are both leaning, but in opposite directions. Unfortunately we were not able to climb to the top as they were in a process of restoration.
Don’t miss Basilica di Santo Stefano and Basilica Santa Maria della Vita. There are also many interesting Italian museums here, such as the Museo Civico Archeologico (Archaeological Museum), the university museums and also the Pinacoteca Nazionale ( here you can see a large collection of paintings by Raffaello, Guido Reni, Carracci, Guercino).
After visiting busier Italian cities, such as Verona and Venice, in Bologna you can recharge your batteries, you can enjoy quiet walks, a glass of wine, amazing food at one of many nice restaurants to try the famous pasta bolognese. We had some trouble finding a table cause it was Valentine’s day, but finally after 2 hours of searching we did find a traditional, cozy ristorantino called Il Tinello (http://www.ristorantetinello.it/ ). Here we had a great time due the nice personal, tasty food and good wine. Personally I recommend Balanzoni del Tinello ( pasta with spinach, cheese, artichokes and white wine sauce ) and Tagliatelle al ragù ( their own recipe of bolognese), also the deserts are delicious, I tried the chocolate tart…yamyyyy!!!
After such a nice dinner we explored a little more Bologna by night, so check-up the pictures.
I’ll finish by saying give me enough coffee and I could rule the world and visit more and more, cause more is never enough! 🙂
Photo credit: Barcan Cristian