Back to Bologna – Day 1 – Part 1 – Settling In!

For our stay in Bologna, we rented a one-bedroom apartment, which was set on the quiet street of Via Nosadella, and yet, it was only a few minutes away on foot, from anything we could have needed.

To our delight, our host had left a bottle of Prosecco, a bottle of water, some pastries, as well as fruit, chocolate, and flowers for us!

The owner of the apartment was an artist, and some of her work was displayed on a table, in the entrance hallway.

Getting from Abano Terme to Bologna had been relatively easy.  We had a car pick us up at our hotel in Abano Terme, and drive us back to Padua’s train station.  We then took a high-speed train from Padua to Bologna, and were there in just a little over an hour’s time.  We could have caught a train in Abano Terme, but it would have been a local train, which would have made many stops, and so, our travel time would have increased.  Since our travel time was not bad, when we arrived in Bologna, we were still relatively fresh, and ready to explore.  So, after settling in a little, unpacking a few things, and freshening up, we set out to explore the city a bit.

A few doors down from our building entrance, there was a plaque underneath a relief of the Madonna and Child.  The plaque stated that the Madonna and Child were put there by the residents of the street, as an expression of gratitude for having gone through the World War II without being harmed.

At Via Barberia, #18, you will find the Palazzo Poeti, which dates from the late 15th century, and had been built by Alessandro Battista Poeti.

Like almost every other Italian city, Bologna is rich in history and art.  It seems as if everywhere you turn, on every street, there is another monument or plaque, honoring a past citizen.  As we walked, we came upon a monument honoring the house where Giuseppe Bacchelli was born.  The monument was erected after Bacchelli’s death in 1914, by the artist S. Montaguti.  Bacchelli was a deputy of the Liberal Party, as well as a provincial and municipal lawyer.  In addition to helping to create the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute, the main Italian institute of orthopedics and traumatology, Bacchelli also served as president of the “Francesco Francia” Association.

At Via Barberia, #13, you will find the Palazzo Monti poi Salina, which was designed by Carlo Francesco Dotti in 1736.

On Via Barberia, another plaque marks the house where the renowned surgeon, Giuseppe Ruggi, lived from 1892 until his death, in 1925.

The Palazzo Marescotti, also known as the Palazzo Marescotti Brazzetti, is at Via Barberia, #4.  Today, the palace is owned by the University of Bologna, and houses a section of the Department of Music and Performance Arts.  The palace dates from 1508, and was designed by Giovanni Beroaldo.


Next up: We continue to explore our new neighborhood in Bologna!


Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations that may appear.  If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Bologna, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie!


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