Back to Bologna – Day 3 – Part 2 – The Start of A Long Walk

On Via Riva di Reno, behind the former Manifattura Tabacchi, you will find the Parco 11 Settembre, which remembers the terrorist attacks in the USA, on that fateful day in 2001.

A plaque on a building, now occupied by the University of Bologna, pays tribute to Fabio Roversi Monaco, who held the position of rector of the school.

At Via San Felice, #20, you will find Casa Bugami, which dates from 1675, and was the home of Giacomo Bugami, a wealthy silk merchant of the time.

Palazzo Buriani is at Via San Felice, #17.  The palazzo was built by the Roffeni family, in the 15th century.

To our surprise, we passed a restaurant that took not only its name, but its entire theme, from a popular American movie: American Graffiti!

I could not tell what tickled me more: the little statue of the bull in front of an apartment building, or the fact that James Bond was now working as a private investigator!

After a quick stop back at the apartment, we set out for our next destination.  We were going to walk the Portico di San Luca, up to the Santuario della Beata Vergine di San Luca.  The Portico di San Luca is a covered walkway that leads from the city center up to the sanctuary.  The length of the walk is 3.8 kilometers, making this the longest portico in the world!  Be warned that most of the walk is uphill, either climbing gently sloping ramps, or wide steps.  The portico was built between the 17th and 18th centuries.  It has 666 arches, but who can really count,  when you are either too winded to really care, or the view around you is so beautiful that nothing else matters.  Walking the portico is something I think every visitor to the city of Bologna should do, at least once in their lives!


Next up: We walk up to the Santuario della Beata Vergine di San Luca!


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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