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trip report - Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Lago di Garda, Venice

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We spent 2 weeks in Italy in May, visiting Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Lago di Garda, and finally Venice.

We flew directly into Bologna on Eurofly, from JFK. I was afraid that they would strap us onto the wing and was so pleasantly surprised. The flight was half-full - so we could stretch out and sleep on the way over. The staff and food were very good and, the best part, we landed directly in Bologna - no changing.

Stayed at the Hotel Corono D'Oro in Bologna for 3 nights. It was a lovely hotel in an excellent location. Bologna is a great little city - very vibrant and young because of the university. And the food - words cannot describe… Here are the restaurants -

Da Nello - very good - and one of the few places open on Sunday night.
Franco Rossi - lunch - excellent - Franco recommended our meal
Pappagallo - also excellent
Scacco Matto - very neighborhood near the university - very good
Cesarina - also excellent

I ate tortellini or tortelloni at almost every meal. Couldn’t get enough. Some highlights:

University
Church of San Domenica
browsing food stores - I can see why Bologna is known for their food - which in Italy sounds redundant to me

From Bologna, we drove south about an hour to a tiny “borgo” called Montegridolfo. The “town” was bought by a consortium a few years ago and has been totally “re-done”. And the hotel where we stayed, Palazzo Viviani, was fabulous. [Although for many people, hotels are secondary on the trip, I happen to love hotels, and have been known to plan the trip around a hotel…]

We used Montegridolfo as a base and visited:

Rimini - a beach town that was very nice off-season, but I can imagine that it’s crazy in season.

Gubbio - a 2nd visit for me. I really like this town - and they do have wonderful pottery. It’s a great little town for just walking around and has some terrific views of the countryside. I’ve eaten twice at a cute little restaurant in a garden, Bosone Garden - food is very good.

Urbino - medieval town. It was a little depressing to me - but, in all fairness, it was the one day of rain we had - and that sometimes affects one’s view of a town.

Ravenna - a beautiful town with fabulous mosaics. We ate at a great restaurant, Bella Venezia, where the food was wonderful and everyone there was local.

Faenza - The main piazza, Piazza del Popolo, is beautiful, but leave it, and there is not much there. Faenza does have a ceramic museum that is interesting and there is interesting pottery sold in the stores.

More of the trip to follow…

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