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Monday, 25 October 2021 12:56

Arrivederci Bologna

Pizza in Bologna..Yum!It’s really difficult to say goodbye to this city. The sightseeing, the fabulous food, great shopping and the energy of the university students all combine for an unparalleled adventure. The city is safe, many people are wearing masks outside ( they are required inside ) and communicating is easy as English is spoken almost everywhere. But one sad side note is all the graffiti displayed on these ancient buildings plus there are homeless that have carved out their own niche. These 2 factors diminish the environment but unfortunately are all too commonplace elsewhere in the world.

So with regret, we once again are on the autostrada bound for Cinque Terre. Our eataly continues!

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Monday, 18 October 2021 12:50


verona 4Verona is a little over an hour and a half from Bologna but well worth the drive. This lovely walking city with its historical city center is a must see. From 2 Gentlemen From Verona to Romeo and Juliet, this city is a living reminder of Shakespeare’s contribution to our civilization. Although we haven’t needed to show our Italy Green Pass at any restaurants, it is necessary in order to view Juliet’s balcony.

The Piazza Delle Erbe was lively with tourists and residents alike on a sunny, clear Saturday afternoon. There are lots of eateries and stores all around the piazza plus an open air market selling all types of goods.

Don’t miss the Arena on Piazza Bra..think Rome’s Colosseum!

Every major retailer is represented here but the real fun is just meandering up and down the narrow cobblestone streets of the old town.

Verona has a great deal of sightseeing and one afternoon can’t possibly encompass it all but an overnight would certainly allow a visitor to take in all the sights this city had to offer.

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Monday, 18 October 2021 12:46


Modena 2Modena is about an hours drive from Bologna. Parking near the city center is only for 20 or 30 minutes so it’s best to find a parking garage. The rates are reasonable and you can walk the short distance into the old city.

The Piazza Roma has many eateries around and is home to the Palazzo Ducale. Don’t forget to purchase Balsamic vinegar and Parmesan reggiano cheese..Modena’s claim to fame.

If you’re a car buff, a stop at the Ferrari Museum is a must. Modena’s other famous native son was Luciano Pavarotti and his home can be toured if you’re interested.

You can spend a busy day here enjoying all that Modena had to offer.


About a half hour past Modena, the city of Parmesan cheese and Parma ham beckons. It’s best to park your car and walk. There’s tons of shopping and restaurants are everywhere. This is a university town and lots of students crowd the streets and eateries.

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The Piazza Garibaldi is a good place to explore a number of historical buildings and to absorb the local atmosphere while indulging in Parma’s culinary delights.

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Monday, 25 October 2021 13:07


Bill..Piazza JFK Ravenna Ravenna is certainly worth the little over an hour drive from Bologna via the autostrada. It’s an old city center that reflects Byzantine architecture and many buildings with incredible interior mosaic designs. The Neonian Bapistry and the Basilica di San Vitale are two must sees. Shopping abounds and we found many stores open on a Sunday afternoon.

Interestingly, there is even a Piazza John F. Kennedy here.Many of the piazzas are dotted with shops and cafes. Ravenna is best known for its most famous native son, Dante Alighieri ( Divine Comedy) who is buried here.

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Thursday, 14 October 2021 13:09

Ciao from Bologna

The skies are blue and the temperature is in the 60’s..perfect weather to explore this ancient, vibrant city! Our checkin was easy and problem free because we had installed Americans app Verifly and uploaded all of our documents to it. One note..if you are a couple, do not add your companion. If they have a smart phone , they should do theirs separately. If you add a companion, you must upload all their info and picture in order to complete your own trip. Our bags were tagged through to Bologna and upon arrival in Rome we went through Passport Control and then were free to browse among the many shops and restaurants before boarding our flight.

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Our Alitalia flight had 14 passengers. Interesting note…our masks were deemed unacceptable and we were provided with blue surgical masks instead. We arrived on October 13 and Alitalia’s last day of business is October 14. The employees we spoke to still had no idea what the future would bring..no info. from Alitalia.

Fighting our jet lag, we went for a walk and stopped for some food and of course gelato. There’s a 2 block area dotted with trattorias so one never has to worry about getting a good meal. Tonight’s dinner..Pasta Bolognese!! And now, off for our Bologna adventure!


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