|eye-catching fountain in Bologna|
|first things first|
|fresh and gorgeous|
In addition to giving the world baloney (mortadella), bolognese sauce (ragù), and tortellini, Bologna has some beautiful sights and interesting history. The oldest university in Europe is here. Who knew??!!
Our first night in Bologna we found a nice little restaurant where I ate a mound of fresh pasta tossed with olive oil and topped with shaved black truffles - simple but simply fabulous! I don't remember what Eric ate. I'm sure it was good, but I was in some sort of truffle-induced stupor and didn't really register his choice.
We left the next day for Malvarina, but we were happy to return to Bologna again at the end of our trip to do more eating and sight seeing. A highlight was the University's Teatro Anatomico, a gorgeous room where medical students and ladies in fancy dresses could observe autopsies. Built in the mid-1600s, a prominent feature of the theater is a throne where an Inquisition priest would sit and be ready to intervene if the proceedings became too spiritually compromising.
|the best seat in the house at the Teatro Anitomico|
On our last full day in Bologna, we had a food-filled agenda. We started the day with pastries and beverages in a cafe that had once been the stables for the wealthiest, most powerful family in the town ... sight seeing ... heavenly gelato at La Sorbetteria Castiglione ... sight seeing ... lunch at Tamburini, a Bologna landmark ...
|a light lunch at Tamburini|
... sight seeing ... visit to Vecchia Malga Negozi, a deli that was so gorgeous it almost made me cry ...
|a beautiful sight in the Quadrilatero district|
|waiting patiently to take his first bite of pasta and sip of lambrusco|
|Neptune casts a manly shadow|
We definitely understand why Bologna is affectionately known as la grassa (the fat one).
Our next blog entry will be about our days at Malvarina. Beautiful scenery, wonderful people, vigorous exercise, Mama Maria's food...
ciao ~ Peggy