It could well be Italy’s hidden tourist gem; this capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, just north of its better-known neighbor,Tuscany.
I wrote some weeks ago that we were returning for a second helping of this culinary haven nicknamed ‘la grassa’, (the fat), whose historic town center is recognized for both its towers and a ribbon of arcades (porticos) that wind through its ancient narrow streets for some 38 kilometers or 24 miles.
I can tell you, we heaped our plates (literally and figuratively) the four days we spent there and yet didn’t satiate our appetites.
We could easily return to this history-rich university town; the place where in 1088 the Alma Mater Studiorum – the first university in the western world -- was founded. Today university students bring a round-the-clock buzz to this once Etruscan capital.
On this Travel Photo Thursday I am offering a sample of the piccolino, (small), details that become travel treats here:
Let’s begin with this building. At first glance you notice the arcades, those famous covered walkways that loop like pastel ribbons through the town. But look more closely, up at the roof line:
It’s a facade of faces. . .who were these people watching over the square, immortalized by time?
You could – and we did – walk for miles through the labyrinth of arcades that wind through the historic center of town. Some sadly defaced with graffiti, and others intricate murals of art. But if you looked at the doorways along those arcades. . .
You find magnificent works of art in the form of door knockers, many as ornate as this one . I fought the desire to grab them and rap hard, just to see who might answer the door.
Buildings so old that their ages were hard to comprehend but their history reflected in the details. . .
In even the more modern rainbow-colored neighborhood where we had rented an apartment . . .
even a flower’s blossom on our deck each morning made for another travel treat in Bologna . . .
If you go: Bologna can be reached by any number of European gateway cities and is served by numerous airlines. We flew to Milan and took a train to Bologna – an excellent way to see the countryside.
We rented our apartment through the online company, Vacation Rental by Owner
That’s it for our contribution to TP Thursday hosted by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox, so head on over there for more destinations.
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