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…

Abano Terme – Day 3 – Part 2 – And Then, There Was Sun!

At the end of last week’s post, we were on the grounds of the Santuario della Beata Vergine della Salute, seeking shelter from the rain inside a small grotto with an existing chapel, while the birds from the pen, pictured above, roamed around us, looking for something to eat. After about twenty minutes, the rain…

Abano Terme – Day 2 – Part 3 – The Duomo di Abano

The Duomo di Abano Terme, also known as the Chiesa di San Lorenzo Martire, dates from 1780, even though a church by the same name existed on the site as far back as 1077.  The church we see today is the work of the architect Domenico Cerato, with the exception of the facade, which was…

Abano Terme – Day 2 – Part 2 – Sundials and Monuments

For those who do not want to walk, there is a shuttle that takes you from one end of the town to another. Quinto Elemento was once a very popular pizzeria, but sadly, it is abandoned today.  The sign still catches one’s attention, though! If one has the urge to pass the night away dancing,…

Abano Terme – Day 2 – Part 1 – Ancient Thermal Parks

Behind our hotel, on Via Cornelio Augure, #7, we found the NaturaSì Market.  This is a wonderful organic supermarket selling everything, from dairy products and fresh vegetables, to meat and fish. From where we stood on the other side of the street, we could see steam rising off of pools of the thermal water.  We…

Abano Terme – Day 1 – Part 1 – Settling In

Our next destination was the Hotel President Terme, in the charming town of Abano Terme,  a scant ten kilometers away from Padua.  Train service, from the central station in Padua, is available, and relatively easy to do, considering that it was such a short trip.  However, for that very reason, and the fact that we…

Padua – Day 4 – Part 4 – The Botanical Garden

We arrived at our next destination for the day, the Orto Botanico di Padova, or the Botanical Garden of Padua.  Founded in 1545 by the Venetian Republic, this is the world’s oldest academic botanical garden still in its original location.  The garden covers approximately 22,000 square meters of land, and is run by the University…

Padua – Day 4 – Part 2 – A Walk Down Via Altinate

The Auditorium Cesare Pollini, now known as the Auditorium Claudio Scimone, is the theatre affiliated with the music school, the Conservatorio di Musica Cesare Pollini, and dates from 1878.  It can be found at Via Carlo Cassan, #17. The Museo Storico della Terza Armata, or the Historical Museum of the Third Army, is a museum…