Bologna

Bologna

Bologna

Bologna

We return to Bologna. We were last here in 2007 when Glenn visited the OMAS pen company. We had been in Bologna before that one one of our earlier trips to Italy. Now, it is pens again. This year we will meet with Luca Bagolini, one of the owners of the SCRIBO pen company. This was started by former employers of OMAS.

We remember Bologna well. It is impressive. A large, historical city. The population is about 380,000. Although not off the route for Italians, when it comes to North American tourists, visiting Bologna is not on the A list.

The city has the oldest university in the Western world (founded 1088), a student popuylation, great food, and endkess covered walkways - porticos - in the historic centre -- a historic centre is that well preserved and considered one of the largest in Italy The architecture of the city is known for a beautiful warm palette. Thin terracotta red, brown-orange, warm yello - the name Bologna is la rossa, Bologna the red.

Sights Include

  • Piazza Maggiore is a large pedestrian square located in the centre of the old part of the city, surrounded by the Basilica of San Petronio, the City Hall Building, the portico dei Banchi and the Palazzo del Podestà.
  • Via Rizzoli is one of the main streets and is a meeting point. It opens to Piazza di porta Ravegnana, where the two towers rise.
  • Fontana di Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) is in the Piazza del Nettuno, built in 1563 by Tommaso Laureti of Palermo later embellished by Jean de Boulogne (called Giambologna). It is considered to be one of Bologna’s symbols.
  • Corte de' Galluzzi It can be accessed through a vault from Piazza Galvani, in front of the Archiginnasio. An area with strong Medieval tones.
  • Portico Walk to San Luca Walk through the historic 666 Porticos, leaving from the Porta Saragozzaat the end of Via Saragozza.
  • University Quarter - Via Zamboni. Full of bars and cafés. The University of Bologna is Europe's oldest university , founded over 900 years ago.
  • Biblioteca Salaborsa, Piazza Nettuno 3 (in front of Nettuno fountain), Mon 14:30-20; Tue-Fri 10-20; Sat: 10-19. Public library. You can visit for free the archaeological area below and see the Etruscan and Roman ruins.

Bologna

The Towers of Bologna

During the 12th & 13th century up to 180 towers were in Bologna. It is thought they were used by rich families for offensive or defensive purposes during the Investiture Controversy - the conflict between church and state. Building the towers was a considerable undertaking, about three to ten years to build a 60 m tower. During the 13th Century many of the towers were taken down, demolished or simply collapsed.

Fewer than twenty now stand including the Azzoguidi Tower, also called Altabella (61 m), the Prendiparte Tower, called Coronata (60 m), the Scappi Tower (39 m), Uguzzoni Tower (32 m), Guidozagni Tower, Galluzzi Tower, and the famous Two Towers: the Asinelli Tower (97 m) and the Garisenda Tower (48 m).

  • Trattoria Del Rosso, Via Augusto Righi 30, located in the historic center of Bologna, traditional dishes. Open seven days a week.
  • Café Pasticceria Gamberini, via Ugo Bassi 12, Closed Thursday afternoon and Sunday evenings. The oldest bakery in Bologna, great cakes.
  • Trattoria Leonida, Vicolo Alemagna 2 (close to Piazza Santo Stefano), Bolognese specialties at reasonable price
  • Ristorante Teresina, Via Oberdan 4, Excellent restaurant with fish and meat menus.
  • Enoteca Italiana, Via Marsala 2/B (corner via Malcontenti), has twice been voted best in Italy. Great for a stand up sandwich ( Pancetta with Balsamic or a Mortadella Panino) and an excellent glass of the wine of your choice.
  • Da Gianni in Via ClavatureMariposa in Via Bertiera,Meloncello in Via Sargozza.
  • Via del Pratello has lots of bars and restaurants/osterie for young people. Fantoni has checkered red and white table clothes, scribbled menus, and serves fantastic fish secondi and an excellent ragu'. 
  • Via Mascarella/Largo Respighi is another zone with a lot of Osterie.

 

Bologna Apartment

In Bologna we have a beautiful apartment in the central historic area of Bologna