1 day in Bologna

Jun 24th, 2003, 11:56 AM
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1 day in Bologna

I will be in Bologna for one day only and would welcome any suggestions you might have on how I should spend this day (a Tuesday in July). Suggestions for nice (but reasonable) place to have lunch would also be appreciated.

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Jun 24th, 2003, 03:38 PM
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I would spend the day walking around the central area--Piazza Maggiore, the duomo (which has a fascinating history), the Museo Civico (a excellent Etruscan collection), the anatomical theater.
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Jun 24th, 2003, 08:05 PM
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I second HowardR's recommendation. A day spent on and around Piazza Maggiore will more than take up your time. To the previous recommendations, I would add a visit to the newly opened Sala Borsa with a see-through floor to Roman and medieval ruins. Directly off the piazza are squiggly little streets of food markets, including a wine shop that features a balsamic-vinegar tasting bar, two fresh seafood markets with an amazing array of live and newly dead fish and shellfish, and a cheese shop that at last count featured 17 kinds of pecorino.

For an informal, fun and guaranteed great food lunch, try Tamburini. It is cafeteria style, but don't let that be a turn-off. You get great, truly bolognese food for about 10 to 12 euro including wine. Another option is Da Nello, the first street to the left off via Indepedenza. It is a more traditional, sit-down sort of place but very good, local food at a good price.

At the back of the cathedral and to the left are Gucci, Fendi, Armani and other upscale shops.

Have fun, and save room for a cafe, beer or wine late afternoon overlooking the piazza for great people watching.

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Jun 25th, 2003, 01:21 AM
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Also, look for anice bakery and taste the local bread and the taglaitelle cake, an unusual crunchy pastry made with tagliatelle garnished with sugar and almonds.
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Jun 25th, 2003, 05:10 AM
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Jun 25th, 2003, 10:36 AM
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I agree with what's been said so far. Two more suggestions, in case you like churches:

San Petronio in the Piazza Maggiore -- It's not the duomo, but I find it more interesting. Lots of art inside, though not by household names. There's a particularly vivid frescoe of heaven and hell by Giovanni da Modena in a chapel about halfway up the north aisle.

Santo Stefano -- Actually a group of several small churches. Atmospheric, nice if you like Romanesque. It's a bit east of Pza. Maggiore, and a couple of blocks SE of the two (leaning) towers.
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Jun 25th, 2003, 10:41 AM
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Thank you very much for all the great suggestions.
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Jun 26th, 2003, 10:46 PM
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I agree about piazza maggiore and the web of streets around it..Also definitely worth seeing the church of Santo Stefano - it's v. near Piazza Maggiore and is my favourite church in italy - if you're into atmosphere rather than gold and glitz!
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Jun 27th, 2003, 09:28 AM
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Is one day enough for a good taste of Bologna?? We are staying just south of there in late August (grape stomping week at the vineyard!!!) but only have about 5 days and want to also get a reasonable taste of Tuscany. Thinking 1 day in Cinque Terra doing the hike (through Pisa for a quick look at the tower), a day in Florence, and maybe a day in Sienna with some time just visiting the vineyards and olive groves around San Gimingiano (sp?), Montepulciano (sp again) and such. Is that reasonable or too much?? Bologna sounds fabulous, and I already know I'll have to go back to Tuscany sooner than later!!
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Jun 27th, 2003, 11:56 AM
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Considering the rest of your itinerary, I'd keep it at one day in Bologna. Sure, you could spend a lot more time there, but I certainly wouldn't take away any of your time in Tuscany.
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Jun 27th, 2003, 01:00 PM
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Hi Watergirl,

I suggest that you are trying to do much too much.

I think you should limit youself to the Bologna/Florence area and actually see the area.

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