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In fairness.. we were there on a Sunday.. but we walked around all day.
Ok.. there was one funny bit – a huge guy wearing a little black vest playing a tiny guitar by his motorcycle. Not folksy strumming stuff.. but epic songs like Toto – Africa. Topping it off, he had speakers playing an orchestral backdrop.
Ok.. there was another funny bit – it was international volunteer day, so one of the parks had a bunch of booths set up and one guy approached us, passionately advocating Esperanto.
Ok.. there was another funny bit – it was international volunteer day, so one of the parks had a bunch of booths set up and one guy approached us, passionately advocating Esperanto.Don’t do the hike up the mountain. It’s long and the church up top isn’t very impressive. Plus, you have to make your way through a pretty shit part of town to get there.over 4 years ago
Don’t drive into the city unless you plan to pay a lot for parking in a garage and don’t mind signing a paper, giving personal information about yourself. The center of the city has a controlled system for only authorized drivers into the city to control traffic. You become an authorized driver once you park into a garage and sign that paper, which they send into the city counsel to retro actively say “okay for the day.” Otherwise, your picture gets taken and a ticket with a heavy fine will arrive in the mail.
This place is fantastic though. Great shopping, great people watching, fantastic buildings, the whole nine yards.over 4 years ago
I’ve been living in bologna for almost six months. I agree with one of the other writers that there is alot of rain. especially in the winter. it’s just that kind of place. but that’s part of its charm…….
and now that spring is here, it’s all terracotta loveliness, sunshine and prosecco in piazzas. it doesn’t hurt my opinion of the city that I’ve fallen in love with a bolognese boy!
to see this amazing city through the eyes of someone who knows it inside and out is an enriching experience…..for anyone thinking of a trip to bologna, do it. but understand that it’s a subtle city, compared to rome, florence or venice. there’s no great michelangelo or labyrinth of canals to beat you over the head…..its a breathing, living place. full of bolognese instead of tourists.
I might never leave.
and for the person commenting on the rain being the reason for the porticos, that is just an added bonus. actually the porticos began being built once the university became a prominent feature. the population was exploding with no where to live. the streets were too narrow to build out from the first floor so they began building out from the second. the porticos support the second floors extra structure.
makes alot of sense if you think about it!over 6 years ago
BOlogna is a magical place. just try to live there for some time, and you will feel the magic of this medieval center.
For Tourism… you just can fill your eye-balls, but to fill your soul with some kind of good nostalgia – live in Bologna -good luck =)
Oh, how I’d love to go back to Bologna. Stylish, uber-chic, ultra-socially concious, sexy, mind-numbingly delicious Bologna, with it’s kilometers and kilometers of LOGGIA—those covered porticos with columns that make for lovely strolling and exploring. Midieval, college town, with tens of thousands of college kids strolling, asking questions, making fun things to do for everyone, free concerts and movies in the piazzas, lectures, performances, pasticceria with roasted, marinated artichoke hearts, and eggplants. Ahhh, Bologna!over 6 years ago