Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bologna at Night

I arrived in Bologna (at the Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi Bologna) in the afternoon and it took some time before I was on the road with my cute Fiat 500cc rental car to the direction of the scenic B&B I booked in the hills of Pianoro, a village located in the outskirts of the city, just 12 kilometres away but takes approximately 20 minutes driving time depending on the traffic.

Basilica di San Petronio and Palazzo dei Banchi.

So it was already twilight when I managed to visit the city centre. I didn’t want to rush things as I was so impressed and thrilled with the country location and views of my B&B, and my surprisingly quite unique room as well. I had to take in everything slowly, and not forget to enjoy every little bit of it.

Let us just say that I really take time smelling the flowers along the way =)

Bologna is also a relatively large metropolis but with a compact and walkable centre though, however, the highways that ringed the city can be confusing. I am sure it would be a nightmare for visitors driving without a GPS here, and luckily I still have my old trusted Nokia mini GPS phone. She is still alive! But I may need to replace her very soon as she is becoming demented (read: old technology). I ended up missing my exit to San Lazzaro di Savena which will bring me to the village of Pianoro. When you miss an exit, you would need to add an extra 15 minutes delay. It takes a bit of time getting used to a new place and how the whole local traffic system works, thus missing an exit is just part of the whole travelling experience. I definitely embrace this.

So where is the best place to park the (rental) car? At the Piazza dell' 8 Agosto.

Italian cities have a ZTL (Zona a Traffico Limitato | Zone Traffic Limitations) which means only residents and workers who live and work in the city centre can freely come and go with their ZTL registered cars. Cameras are hanged near the entry streets to a ZTL area and unsuspecting visitors caught will have to pay hefty fines. Having said that, the underground parking at Piazza dell'8 Agosto is one of the best places to park outside the ZTL area. When you get out, you step right on to Via dell' Independenza. Piazza Maggiore is just less than a 10-minute walk away.

So these are my pictures of my first night’s stroll in Bologna. The city has gorgeous architecture and the Piazza Maggiore is very impressive. I could not wait to see the city again in the morning.

Trivia: Did you know that the region of Emilia-Romagna is the “Food Capital” of Italy? And because Bologna is the capital of the region, it is I guess safe to say that Bologna is the Food Capital of the country.

More foodie stories soon =)

Via dell' Independenza.

Piazza del Nettuno which is adjacent to Piazza Maggiore.

Via Francisco Rizzoli with the Assinelli Tower at the end of the street.

Palazzo Communale on Piazza del Nettuno which is annexed to Piazza Maggiore.

Palazzo dei Notai and Palazzo Communale.

Basilica di San Petronio.

Bologna city centre is filled with many old buildings with vaulted ceiling corridor hallways.

If I was a fashion label, I would be a Max Mara.

Palazzo del Podesta on Piazza Maggiore.

The Two Towers - Le due Torri: Garisenda e degli Asinelli.

Palazzo Re Enzo on Piazza Re Enzo and Via Francisco Rizzoli.

Piazza di Porta Ravegnana.

Via Francisco Rizzoli.

Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Pietro on Via dell' Independenza.

Travel Period: May 2016
Destination: Bologna (Emilia-Romagna), Italy

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