Last year it looked like we wouldn’t be planning any trips together very soon. But suprise suprise: 4 trips were booked for 2017. Some time ago you could read all about “3 less traveled destinations”: Dresden, Brighton and Thessaloniki. We think Bologna is a destination like that too: we hadn’t heard of and read about it much. When it turned out Ryanair offered flights for € 16,- per person (return!), it was an easy choice. Have you already visited Bologna? Let us know what you think of this city in the comments below this article. Later we will share our veggie and green discoveries in Bologna. Now it’s time to share Bologna through our eyes.
Bologna is a city with many faces. It seems to be a wealthy city, with all the beautiful portici (arcades). Lots of people enjoy a bite to eat or something to drink on a terrace, it’s crowded in the shopping streets and in the shops. In the city center buildings seem to be renovated well. On the other hand you’ll find people living in the parks and on the streets, asking for food and money. Capturing these contradictions in pictures was quite a challenge. The ones in this article resemble our impression of Bologna most.
Descending the stairs via portici
Beautiful and colourful facades everywhere, I love it! (that’s Janet, with her yellow bag which she bought in Gdansk)
So much fun to watch, and such a positive vibe: people dancing in the park.
People leave so many things behind, or forgotten maybe?
What would you do: take a scary elevator (we even had to sign a liablility waiver in case of an accident…) or take the stairs to go downstairs? The thought of the elevator stopping halfway made me decide to take the (many many many!) stairs. That’s me in the picture. Janet says I’m shining in my new striped dress (that’s the one I told you about in my confession about my green shopping habits).
This note is not the only note we saw in Bologna, casually hanging somewhere in the city. Funny way of announcing supply and demand.
From Basilica San Luca (actual name is ‘Santuario di Madonna di San Luca’) you can enjoy this amazing view over the city. The walk from the cathedral back to the city center is definately worth the time (through 666 portici / 4 kilometres) even though Janet had sore muscles for a few days ;-).
The stairs at Piazza Maggiore are a great place to get together at night and enjoy some socializing. It’s a beautiful spot, overlooking the piazza.
It was just so much fun to explore Bologna, it has that particular Italian vibe. This Italian city has about 400.000 inhabitants. The city center is partially traffic free (free of the regular traffic that is, not busses). Strikingly, we did not encounter lots of tourists in Bologna, except for a few Brits. We didn’t see any Dutchies, that is until we took the tourist train up the hill to the cathedral.
The monuments and buildings in the center are typical for Italian cities and well conserved. Of course Italy is also a foody destination, right? Bologna is well known as the food city of Italy. It’s famous for their bolognese sauce among other (if you a looking for it on a menu, it’s called ‘al ragú’) in Italy. We didn’t taste the bolognese because it contains meat.
More about our veggie food adventures in Bologna online soon!
Which Italian city or region is your favourite? All tips for a next trip to ‘bella Italia’ would be great, so please do share your suggestions in the comments below this article.