All Roads Lead to Rome – Day 3 – Part 2 – A Walk in the Park and Sushi

We continued to explore the grounds of Villa Sciarra. Some day perhaps, we will be able to visit the interior of the villa.   For now, though, we had to be content with walking around outside. A plaque on the façade of the villa pays tribute to George Wurts, and his wife, Henrietta Tower, who were…

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…