Bologna, Italy

Great Deli Food Bologna Italy
Pat Eyeing the Great Deli Food - Bologna, Italy
Shopping Old Town Street Bologna Italy
Shopping Old Town Street - Bologna, Italy
Spaghetti Bolognese Food Bologna Italy
Spaghetti Bolognese (Yum!) 
- Bologna, Italy
Outdoor Movies Piazza Maggiore Bologna Italy
Outdoor Movies in Piazza Maggiore
- Bologna, Italy
Quadrilatero Bologna Italy
Quadrilatero - Bologna, Italy
Breast Fountain Women Bologna Italy
Breast Fountain in the Fountain 
of Neptune - Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy (7/3-7/5/09)

We made it to Italian Foodie heaven.

A handsome medieval city, Bologna is celebrated for its cuisine. Spaghetti bolognese (see photo) was born here with other specialties like tortellini (hand-stuffed with meat & cheese) as well as other Italian delights (e.g. Ferrari autos). Not normally a fan of pasta, the wonderful pasta in Bologna won Wayne over (and over again).

Bologna also has the oldest university in Europe and we stayed in the University quarter. The vitality of the students was felt everywhere. 

The summer film festival was going on and we attended outdoor movies in the main square (Piazza Maggiore). Under a full moon, watching the full 2 ½ hour version of The Good, Bad, and Ugly was amazing (it was written by an Italian). Listening to Clint Eastwood dubbed in Italian was interesting. What a great movie when seen uncut!

Wandering Bologna's old town day and night was fun with its many delis and open markets (see photos). They do take food seriously here. Bologna's well-known food district is the Quadrilatero that is just east of the Piazza Maggiore, where the massive Baislica di San Peronio and sturdy brick palazzos surround an enormous fountain of Neptune (see photo). 

Bologna' Quadrilatero consists of a medieval labyrinth of narrow streets are lined with shops and food markets with window displays piled high with fish, cheeses, wild mushrooms, cured meats. One of Italy's most lavish food emporiums (Tamburini) is located here.

Bologna Italy Old Town
Bologna, Italy
An interesting note on our transfer travel from Croatia to Italy… we took a bus from Dubrovnik to Split, then got a small cabin on an overnight ferry from Split to Ancona and then took a train to Bologna. It was a long trip but fun and interesting.

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