Entries from Bologna, Italy

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Regali

    Regali means “gifts” in Italian.   Hard to fathom, but we have been on Italian soil for just one week. I feel like it’s been my birthday, a week where every day a friend takes

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Bologna odds and ends

Some random shots from our week in Bologna, Italy.

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Speed Blog Trio: Friday Night in Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

Dolora: A Ukranian woman sitting next to us at Bar Guiseppe (est. 1805) in Piazza Maggiore asked us in broken English if “the boy”–those of you old enough to know about Rocky and Bul

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I’m Sexy and I Know It

    Rimini, the Adriatic Sea. The Italian beach scene. For a Catholic country, Italians have an ease in their bodies. No shame here.   Americans tend to camouflage their bodies in summe

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Vignola

You jump on a train as instructed. The destination: Vignola--an insignificant town on nobody's itinerary of Italy. And yet, there it is--a castle that's completely renovated and spectacular, and a bak

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A trip to the mountains

Cobblestones, turrets, cathedrals--a trip to Italy is a trip to cities. For that reason we jumped at the chance of getting out of Bologna and into the mountains, where Titi and Fausto rebuilt a crumbl

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Rimini and the Adriatic Sea

On the eastern coast of Italy sits Rimini, a seaside town that attracts Europeans to its miles and miles of beaches. If you've ever watched any films directed by Federico Fellini, then you've seen the

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Modena: Cheese, Balsemico, and friends

Titi and Fausto escorted us to their home town of Modena, yet another medieval town situated 30 kilometers away from each other to house soldiers at war against Hannibal. On this day we visited a plac

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Another morning in Bologna (into the evening)

The bells have just chimed 8am at Piazza Maggiore. No one crossing the piazza is in a hurry. The men walk with their fingers interlaced behind their backs; the older women on bicycles are just barely

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Modena

I’m back at my station this Tuesday morning—my work station—at Piazza Maggiore, awaiting the delivery of my cappuccino and cornetta de crema. I only have about an hour before we head east on a t

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The busker festival in Ferrara, Italy

  Here’s a movie from our evening in Ferrara where the annual busker festival was being held.  

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Morning cappuccino at Piazza Maggiore

I could make this day my everyday.   It is 7:45am in Bologna. I slip out of the apartment with Liam and Dolora still asleep and walk to Piazza Maggiore. The tops of the two towers are golden with

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Come to Bologna

10 reasons why your trip to Italy needs to include a stop in Bologna:   1. There’s a fabulous studio apartment awaiting you. Its location is perfect–in a medieval area of town, just b

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Library in Bologna.

This is my heaven.   I am in a library in Bologna, a stately room of long wooden tables surrounded by frescoes and tapestries. The light is passing through stained glass on both ends. The feeling

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Sunday morning photos in Bologna

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Sunday morning, Bologna

It is early Sunday morning in Bologna, Italy. Most of the life at this hour are the street cleaners—the men on foot and the machines. Those vehicles have always fascinated me ever since childhood in

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Saturday morning in Bologna

(Note: There are new blog entries on Vienna and Venice that you can access from the archives to the right. We’ll also be working on creating new galleries with lots of recent photos. We got a li