During our trip to Italy, we decided on going to Bologna for two days with my old roommates and two of my best friends from my time in Italy. It was actually my roommates who suggested we go and get out of Florence (they may be referred to as “the swedes” from now on in this post because they are my favorite Swedish people ever– tied with Swedish House Mafia of course) and I couldn’t have been happier that they wanted to visit Bologna as it’s one of my favorite cities in Italy.
During my time living in Florence, I was lucky enough to get chosen to participate in the Blogville project created by the Emilia-Romagna Tourism Board (see these adventures on my old blog) . I was able to experience Bologna for all that it is– the gastronomical capital of Italy, and more– and have since been recommending it to people traveling to Italy. I just couldn’t wait to take Tom there– especially because he loves Spaghetti Bolognese (which is actually a food fallacy in Italy… it’s always served as Tagliatelle Bolognese.)
After hopping on the high-speed train from Florence to Bologna, we checked into our hotel and immediately went for some food. We found a restaurant right by our hotel that was bustling, and it also had great prices too. I can’t remember the name right now, but if I figure it out, I’ll let you know ..
One of the traditional foods of the region of Emilia Romagna is piadine, flat bread that is used for sandwiches and such. I LOVE piadine, and the other regions in Italy really just don’t know how to do it like they do in its birthplace, so as soon as we sat down I scanned the piadine side of the menu.
And then we got gelato. Of course.
The rest of that day was rainy, so we didn’t do too much besides shop! Bologna has tons of great (cheap) shopping.
Later that evening we met up with Nick, the BlogVille “Master of the House”. He has been in charge of the entire BlogVille project for the past two years and was the guy responsible for me falling in love with the Emilia Romagna region (and all its food).
As Nick is clearly an expert on all cool things Bologna, he took us to a bar called Le Stanze, which used to be a church. How cool is that?
After a nice catchup over a bottle of wine, Nick gave me my very own BlogVille shirt! I had seen photos of all of the bloggers that participated this year and was very jealous of their shirts, so this was the perfect gift 🙂
Nick suggested that we eat a nice traditional Bolognese dinner at Trattoria del Rosso… so we did, and it was of course a great suggestion.
Tom was able to get his Tagliatelle Bolognese… in fact, that’s what we all got except for Kate!
The next day the weather was much better, so we took to some wandering and sightseeing. There isn’t a ton to do and see in Bologna, which is kind of nice– it gives you a chance to enjoy the beauty of the city as you explore.
Bologna has two leaning towers and the one we climbed (called La Torre degli Asinelli) is actually taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa (and a lot cheaper). I had climbed it on my last visit to Bologna so I knew that Tom couldn’t miss the views, so we climbed the 498 steps with Lisa right behind.
As the sun really came out, we kept wandering, and stumbled upon Neptune and some other photo opps..
After eating another yummy meal and seeing some cute little nooks and crannies of Bologna, we headed back to Florence for the evening.