Nearly 5 weeks in Italy Fantastico!

Old Nov 6th, 2019, 05:05 PM
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Adelaidean,
I’m sure you would love Bologna! It’s got such a wonderful vibe. Of all the places we saw, that was the biggest surprise. We had no real expectations but it somehow was one of our favorite places.

More photos, of course, to come. I was trying to post some photos earlier but they appear to be too big so I’ll have to downsize them and try again.
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Old Nov 7th, 2019, 02:28 PM
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wow! Excited to get to Bologna from my 70th in April. I'm copying your recs into my file. Thank you.
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Your photos take me right back to the broody, yet lively, coffeehouse look and feel of Bologna. Looking forward to more.
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tuscanlifeedit and bon_voyage,
Thank you for your lovely comments! I'm trying to post photos that unfortunately need to be resized. So many photos, too little space and time!
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Piazza Santo Stefano, Bologna - details









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Basilica di Santo Stefano, or Sette Chiese,













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We really enjoyed the Sette Chiese, or Seven Churches, a group of churches with the earliest church built in 430! A very mystical place! The courtyard and brickwork were amazing!
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And the Palazzo d'Accursio, or Palazzo Communale, once the center of Bologna's power from medieval times an housing the major administrative offices, and now contains the city's main library, the civic museum and a number of administrative offices.
https://bolognauncovered.com/2017/02...zzo-daccursio/















Bramante's staircase, designed so that horse-drawn carriages could reach the first floor!








Biblioteca Salaborsa, Bologna's central library




The view of Piazza Maggiore

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The beautifully-designed Archiginnasio, part of the University of Bologna (the oldest university in Europe and some even say the world).
https://www.bolognawelcome.com/en/ho...archiginnasio/










The Anatomical Theatre





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Perhaps the most fascinating place we visited, however, was Palazzo Poggi, part of the University of Bologna, and includes the Institute of Sciences. There are some fantastic series of frescoes throughout the rooms, but we were mesmerized by the anatomical studies!







Examples of abnormal development





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Venerina!, a replica of the life-size model by Clemente Susini, done 1780-1782.




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Is it my imagination, or are the Italians unusually fascinated by this kind of stuff? Maybe it's just happenstance, but it seems Italy is the only country we've visited where these sorts of exhibits abound. Torture museums, too.
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Although we're not foodies, and don't generally go out of our way for meals, we did eat very well in Bologna!

I HIGHLY recommend 2 different kinds of places: 1) Da Cesari, a small restaurant that numerous Fodorites have praised, for good reason! Reservations essential!





And the charming Sfoglia Rina, a simple and very casual restaurant, only open till 8pm (but people are not seated after 7pm). We ate an early dinner there and though many of the offerings were finished by the time we arrived, we loved what we did have. And returned one more time because it was so good. And I have to thank maitatom, whose 2018 trip report was so helpful - it sounded great in his report, and it was!



Simple but delicious



What's available at the end of the day!



In the shop


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But it's all good!!!




The Quadrilatero, the historic district and food market, just off the Piazza Maggiore







A wonderful lunch in the market!
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Your photos are fabulous, and Bologna sounds wonderful!
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<<Is it my imagination, or are the Italians unusually fascinated by this kind of stuff? Maybe it's just happenstance, but it seems Italy is the only country we've visited where these sorts of exhibits abound. Torture museums, too.>>

I've no idea, but this exhibit was remarkable! Though as I think about it, it wasn't that the display was gruesome, but it was remarkable for its use in medical training. That it's now a museum exhibit is due to the incredible skill with which these objects were created. I mean, Venerina is wearing pearls!!!
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Thanks Karen!! As I said before, Bologna was such a surprise! Unlike most places, there are none of the "greatest hits" of Italy here, so we didn't really have any great expectations. And it was a wonderful feeling to keep discovering one more wonderful place or sight or meal. And the ambiance...just magical, at least for us.
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Thanks for continuing with Bologna progol. I am so looking forward to my April visit! The second restaurant that closed early. Does it therefore open early? It might be the perfect place for an early dinner.
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Sfoglia Rina was perfect for an early dinner. It does open early but it is very crowded around lunch time (we tried once but didn’t want to wait), so if you want an early supper, it’s perfect. They serve until they run out of whatever was on the menu. It’s a very basic dining set up but charming.

https://www.sfogliarina.it/en/
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Following along and bookmarking for later.
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Ah, so it's actually a lunch place serving locals. Perfect and good to know!
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