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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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Monday, 18 October 2021 12:57

Driving in Italy

If you’re from New Jersey and used to driving circles, Italy is a cake walk. Now, if only the Italians knew how to drive them!? There are roundabouts everywhere.

But most importantly, your phone is your best friend. Use maps or google maps to guide you and have a usb cable to plug into your rental car and keep your phone charged. Additionally, always carry a charged power bank with you.

There’s no speed limit on the autostrada . We were doing 150 km ph(approximately 93 mph) and were being passed.

But rental cars are regulated not to surpass 150 km ph.

The roads are in great condition and the drivers are courteous.

Oh, be sure to get a telepass(ez pass)..definitely a time saver and all charges are sent directly to your bill at the car rental company.

Highly recommend you take collision and damage insurance from the rental company. Most U.S. insurance companies do not cover damages and collision but be sure to check with your insurance company prior to your departure.

Also, obtain an international drivers license . AAA will issue it but you must do so in person as a picture is necessary.

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