a beautiful Monday in Bologna

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._MG_9375IMG_1691

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). _MG_9403

Here’s one of the clock (part of Palazzo d’Accursio):_MG_9411

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._MG_9488_MG_9492_MG_9496

Here are a few more photos I took as I wandered around the historic center on a beautiful Monday in Bologna…_MG_9512_MG_9477_MG_9505

If you are new to my blog, one of my passions when I am in Italy is tower climbing! Bologna, known for its towers, has a very cool tower available to climb, the Torre Asinelli (or Asinelli Tower pictured on the right) with 498 steps to the top! _MG_9753

I believe this was my third time climbing the Torre Asinelli. I went later in the afternoon and ended up being one of the last ones down when the “tower man” announced that it was time to head back down because they were closing for the day. I plan to do another post later on to share photos from this climb.

I went to Divinis for dinner. Sandra introduced me to this place.IMG_1604

The owner is very kind, as is his daughter. They were happy to pose for a picture.IMG_1603

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!IMG_1595IMG_1601IMG_1602

After dinner, as I was heading back towards the Piazza, I took this photo.IMG_1606

I was not able to go into 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 might have figured it out at the time but can’t remember now. I do remember being fascinated by the expressions and the hands flying. He kept everyone entertained for quite a while.IMG_1619

Next up, another hike under the 666 portico arches up to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca.

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