All Roads Lead To Rome – Day 1 – Part 1 – Piazza San Cosimato

For this trip to Rome, we chose to stay in an apartment located on Piazza San Cosimato.  For us, it was an ideal location.  From there, we could easily walk to our usual spots, where we normally met friends, etc.  And, being next to a hospital, the piazza was normally quiet during the evening hours,…

Back to Bologna – Day 3 – Part 4 – Our Stay Comes to An End!

As you make your way up the hill, the sets of stairs in the portico become more frequent, until you reach the end, where it resembles one long staircase with wide landings placed every so often.   Suddenly, you begin to make out the outline of a crucifix, at the top of the stairs.  You have…

Back to Bologna – Day 3 – Part 3 – The Portico di San Luca

The journey uphill begins at the Arco del Meloncello.  Designed by the architect Carlo Francesco Dotti in 1714, the arch was built so that pilgrims could safely make their way up to the sanctuary, without having to worry about crossing the street, at a point where two busy roads come together. A plaque in the…

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…

Back to Bologna – Day 2 – Part 5 – Graduation Day

Throughout its history, Bologna has been circled by three different sets of walls.  We stumbled upon what is considered to be a portion of the third set of defensive walls, built between 1327 and 1390. The Santuario del Corpus Domini is on Via Tagliapietre, #23.  It dates from the 14th century, but the building was…

Back to Bologna – Day 2 – Part 2 – Basilica di San Francesco

In the middle of the street, in Piazza Malpighi, you will find the Colonna dell’Immacolata.  The copper statue of the Madonna, at the top of the column, dates from 1638, and is the work of the artist, Giovanni Tedeschi, based on a design by Guido Reni. Approaching the Basilica di San Francesco, at the edge…

Back to Bologna – Day 1 – Part 3 – Palaces and Plaques

The Casa Berò, also known as the Casa dei Carracci, dates from the 16th century, and can be found at Via Rolandino, #1.  This house is considered a good example of Renaissance civil architecture. A plaque on the facade pays tribute to the Berò family, and to the architects who renovated the building later. On…

Back to Bologna – Day 1 – Part 2 – Exploring Like A Local!

“Explore Bologna like a local,” the sign said, and that is just what we were going to do!  We would do it on foot, though. The Oratorio dello Spirito Santo is on Via Val d’Aposa, #6.  It dates from 1481.  For me, the most interesting feature of the church’s facade were the five medallions depicting…