Bologna Journals

Bologna: Red city of Towers and Tortellini

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A September 2001 trip to Bologna by actonsteve

My favourite Piazza in Bologna Photo, Bologna, Italy More Photos
Quote: Bologna is one of the hidden treasures of Italy. It is a beautiful city of red-brick porticoes and colonnades and one of the oldest universities in Europe. If you want to discover the real Italy - come to Bologna

Bologna: Red city of Towers and Tortellini

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The Bologna cityscape Photo, Bologna, Italy
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The entire city is a treat.One of the most distinguished university cities in Europe it spreads out from the magnificent Piazza di Maggiore. Its medieval streets are thronged with students, professors and locals who enjoy strolling through the colonnaded streets. This is a city as lovely as Florence or Siena but with a fraction of the tourist traffic where you can see the real Italy and get caught up in the evening passeigetta or take a coffee at a pavement table and watch the world go by.With the great universities of Europe it is up there with Salamanca, Oxford, Heidelburg, The Sorbonne and Padua. The streets are filled with Italian academics and students and such a young population ...Read More

Albergo Panorama

Hotel | "Albergo Panorama - A Room With a View..."

Albergo Panorama Photo, Bologna, Italy
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How can I describe the view from my room in the Albergo Panorama?Sheer class really. Situated at the top of an old townhouse in the centre of Bologna the view of the city is spectacular. Sunshine washes over a terracotta patio dotted with palm trees. Bright orange walls lead up to shuttered medieval houses roofed with chimneys and red tiles. And a church belfry overlooks the whole scene with a towering spire.The rooms across the corridor have an even better view - across the red-roofed Bologna cityscape to the mountains beyond. But there are only nine rooms at the Albergo Panorama in this real find of a hotel. Each one is scrupulously clean and for 85,000 lira (£28/$40) you get...Read More

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Albergo Panorama
4 Via Livragni
Bologna, Italy

Ugo Bassi early one sunday morning Photo, Bologna, Italy
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Every city in Italy has it's Piazza. Some are world famous such as San Marco or San Pietro but each fills a communal need to promenade, relax or be part of the city that they live in. One of the most impressive is the Piazza di Maggiore in Bologna. It dates back to the 12th century with its gothic buildings and palaces and from here the ruby colonnaded streets fan out in a great wheel shape. To sit in Piazza di Maggiore is to watch the great show that is living in Italy where academics sit and read newspapers, old men walk up and down, and teenagers talk into mobile phones. And take a look around - no tourists! Just how many cities in Italy can you say that...The star of...Read More
Pride of Bologna - The Two towers Photo, Bologna, Italy
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Bologna is one of the best cities in Italy for meeting Italians. And if you ask the native Bolognese what is great about their city they may answer the colonnade's, the tortellini or the university - but every one of the them will mention the 'Two Towers'. They still are the tallest buildings in central Bologna and give fantastic views of the red-roofed cityscape and the mountains beyond. It you have a head for heights and a penchance for medieval architecture then a visit to the Towers is a must.You may be surprised to learn that one tower is bigger then the other. The Tower nearest Via Rizzoli is smaller then the other more eastern tower. And they were constructed in the 14th cen...Read More

The Emergency Room and Bologna at Night

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Via Nostredella during the day Photo, Bologna, Italy
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When you travel independently not everything goes to plan. A missed train or botched reservation is livable, but once is a while something happens that nearly ruins your holiday. For me the freedom of independent travel outweighs the chances of things going seriously wrong. In my travelling career I have survived near-drowning in the Indian monsoon (see Nainital journal), serious sea-sickness on the Dover-Calais ferry, and a mugging after a day with Mickey Mouse when I was returning to the hotel in Orlando. But in Italy I was seriously ill and ended up in Casaulty (Emergency Room) in Bologna's excellent Ospetale di Orsolo. But despite the pain and aggravation I was very impressed and my op...Read More