When people think of Italy, they often picture sun-drenched scenery. That’s certainly been true for Bologna for much of this year. There’s been a distinct lack of rain, which has its pros and cons. Sometimes, that constant sunshine can be overwhelming and relentless. There are days when you just need a bit of grey to snuggle into. But when the sunshine starts to get to me, I try to focus on the glory of the colors of Bologna. One look at those red roof tiles and those charmingly colored streets and it’s hard not to appreciate this beautiful Italian scenery.
However, this week the weather has been decidedly more Dutch, with looming clouds and occasional bouts of much-needed rain. Monday was a national holiday, a day when lots of people were dusting off their grills and gathering with friends for a day of fun in the sun. There was plenty of sun, but there was also a midday shower to keep things interesting. The weather all week has kept us on our toes as we’ve tried to decide if it’s safe to grill. Will it rain just as we’re ready to start? Can we get the fire going before the rain gets too heavy? In a pinch, can we do the same meal on the stove?
We’re going to take our chances today and try to grill, despite the clouds and rain that have hovered over us most of the day. I do say most, because as soon as I started to write this post, the sun came out and the sky is looking like the blue of the Italian national team jerseys. Will it hold? Fingers crossed! In the meantime, I hope you’re happy with whatever the weather is like where you are. And if you’re dreaming of sun-drenched Italian scenery, here are a few colorful streets and buildings to brighten your day.