Wordless Wednesday: Santa Maria Novella (Florence)

A slight cheat: The current church was begun in the early 1400s, but like many churches, it stands on the site of a previous church. The beautiful fa├žade of the building was completed by the great architect Leon Battista Alberti in 1470 (who also studied law at the university here in Bologna). Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Santa Maria Novella (Florence)

Urban Nature in Bologna

While there are parks and green spaces in and certainly surrounding Bologna — we can see the green hills outside the city center from our terrace — there’s not that much greenery among most of the streets and some of the piazzas. In Utrecht, we had the canal that ringed the old city center, which provided lots of green areas around the city. Plus, the … Continue reading Urban Nature in Bologna

Inspirational Women: Montessori

Today is my birthday. It’s also my parents’ wedding anniversary (I came along three years later.) It’s also International Women’s Day. So a pretty awesome day already! And this month the #DolceVitaBloggers theme is inspirational women. I’m a lifelong feminist and am inspired when I see any woman fighting against unjust restrictions or breaking out of out-dated boundaries, or just being awesome in general. I … Continue reading Inspirational Women: Montessori

Piazza Santo Stefano

One of the well-known spots in Bologna is Piazza Santo Stefano. Locals and tourists alike can’t help but love this triangular square. Yes, a triangular square. It starts off narrow and then broadens as you approach the Basilico di Santo Stefano. The church itself is actually made up of seven churches and some of the original construction dates back to the fifth century. I’ll go … Continue reading Piazza Santo Stefano

bologna specialty food shops Via Pescherie Vecchie

Specialty Food Shops in the Heart of Bologna

Just off Piazza Maggiore, you’ll find a number of small streets filled with Bologna specialty food shops that are foodie heaven. This is part of the Quadrilatero and these shops are part of the food market tradition in these streets that date back to the medieval period, if not further. Small shops dedicated to top-quality Italian classic ingredients. There are the fruit and vegetable stalls, … Continue reading Specialty Food Shops in the Heart of Bologna