a beautiful Monday in Bologna (2011 trip)

Monday, June 20th:
I started out at the food market. Every time I am in Bologna, I make sure to spend some time exploring the food markets. On this trip, I went 3 times! I took tons of photos and will share more later on. I think one of the reasons I love Bologna so much is that there are so many photo opportunities.

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I returned to Piazza Maggiore to take more photos. Here’s one of the statue of Pope Gregory XIII up on the main wall of the Palazzo d’Accursio (or Palazzo Comunale).

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Here’s one of the clock (part of Palazzo d’Accursio):

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The last time I was in Bologna, I visited the Biblioteca comunale dell’Archiginnasio as part of a free city tour. It is an amazing place. Andrea also brought me there when he gave me a little tour of Bologna this trip. I returned to take some photos.

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Here are a few more photos I took as I wandered around the historic center on a beautiful Monday in Bologna…

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Bologna, known for its towers and has a very cool tower available to climb – the Torre Asinelli (or Asinelli Tower pictured on the right) with 498 steps to the top!

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I climbed this tower later on in the afternoon and ended up being one of the last ones down. I was up at the top enjoying the views when the “tower man” announced that it was time to head back down because they were closing for the day. I believe this was my third time climbing the Torre Asinelli. Here’s a post (with photos of the climb) from 2007.

I went to Divinis for dinner. Sandra introduced me to this place.

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The owner is very kind, as is his daughter. They were happy to pose for a picture.

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I ordered the faro dish, some sort of cheese with honey drizzled on top, and a delicious panna cotta for dessert. Fabulous dinner! It was so good that I returned there the again following evening!

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After dinner, as I was heading back towards the Piazza, I took this photo.

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I was allowed to enter the Piazza because everything was roped off for a special concert with Roberto Benigni. As I walked around the Piazza, I noticed some sort of commotion. The man on the right in white was very upset about something. I can’t remember now just why he was upset. I do remember being fascinated by the crowd’s expressions on their faces and the hands flying. He kept everyone entertained for quite a while.

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Next up – Tuesday in Bologna

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