It was wonderful returning to italy, I had missed its orange, yellow and peach buildings, the beautiful architecture and the little quaint cafes with the custard croissants. I was very excited to explore more of this exquisite country.
Whilst wandering through the streets of Bologna, we found ourselves in the main square, Piazza Maggiore; it is a plaza that is lined with arched colonnades that adorn the lively city of markets, shops and galleries. There are lots of lovely restaurants here (one of them served a very delicous pumpkin ravioli dish) and we were spoilt for choice with lots of charming cafes- we sat outside them, sipping ginseng tea and espressos whilst we planned out our adventures.
Among the many medieval towers that Bologna is known for, Asinelli and Garisenda stand next to each other in the heart of the city, watching over the streets as people pass by.
We ventured up the never-ending wooden staircase of Degli Asinell to see the beautiful views from the top, and of course, we took lots of pictures!
We also saw some stunning views of the city at dusk from the Basilica di San Petronio viewing terrace.
Another wonderful building we visited was the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. It is a grand, orange coloured basilica church that sits proudly on a hill, we ventured off on a cute tourist train to see it. On our journey, we passed a monumental roofed arcade that has 666 beautiful arches that lead you up to the basilica. It was fantastic seeing the gorgeous views from the top.
As well as historic architecture, we also experienced some of Bologna’s delicious desserts in the chocolate and gelato boutique, Venchi. This fancy little shop is full of treats that are perfect to give as gifts. We tried one of their scrumptious hot chocolates, it was so tasty that we ended up going back for another one!
Towards the end of our City break, we decided to pop into a place called Vetro; it was once an abandoned greenhouse but it has now been transformed into a unique and quirky bar and cafe and also a work space. We sat outside on one of their tables (the lights on each table were upside down plant pots) and I had a green tea in a mason jar.
I have painted my tea in watercolour.
We had a wonderful time in Bologna and i’m looking forward to seeing even more of lovely Italy!