Italia 2016: Bologna

Italia 2016: Bologna

Ciao from Italia!

We spent a quick two days in Bologna to get our city fix before moving to a farm in the hillside of Pavullo Nel Frignano.  I’d been to Bologna, home of the first university, during college and fell in love with the youthful vibe.   The city offers legendary cuisine of tortellini, served with butter and Parmigiano and Bolognese Ragu, a rich tomato based pasta sauce composed of ground beef and pork.

Tagliatelle Ragu at Osteria dell'Orsa.

Tagliatelle Ragu at Osteria dell’Orsa.

Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with butter, Parmiggiano and asparagus.

Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with butter, Parmigiano and asparagus.

To work off that pasta (and prepare for more!), we walked a cool 40 minutes uphill from the city’s centro to the top of Abbazia di Santo Stefano.  The thunder began at midpoint to our journey, but being from Seattle, we were overly confident.  Bologna doesn’t experience rain like Seattle.  This we now know.  It dumps rain.  And hail.  We were stranded for 20 minutes undercover an outside strip of shops with nothing to do but watch the rain in awe.  A local coming out of the grocery store waited as well, took video and pictures of the sight, smoked a cigarette, then called a taxi and exited with his hands full of plastic bags.  The rain finally let up and we seized our moment to adventure toward the notoriously beautiful Basilica.

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Can you see me?

Can you see me?

Oh!  I almost forgot… Our appartemento!  We rented a tiny spot nel centro della citta’ (in the center of town).  The bed was lofted above the living area and the entire space was no larger than 200 sq. ft.  The ladder wasn’t tied to anything so needless to say the trip up and down was a treacherous one!

Don't miss a step!

Don’t miss a step!

Eddie hardly sit up in bed!

Eddie was hardly able to sit up in bed!

Here are a few bonus shots of our days wondering Bologna, Italy.  I hope you enjoy!

Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore

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Sweets!

Sweets!

A street side gelateria and bar.

An adorable gelateria and bar.

Bologna's towers

Bologna’s towers at night.