Bologna canal things to see in Bologna weekly photo challenge

Bologna’s Window to the Canal

I know I’ve written about Bologna’s canals before, although maybe not as much as I thought I had. But we do have them, even if not in the same quantity as in the Netherlands. Or at least not visible. There are still plenty of them beneath the city; they used to be much more visible but have been built over through the years. While some … Continue reading Bologna’s Window to the Canal

The Gilded Portico

Via Farini and the neighboring streets and palazzi are where you head when you want to do some seriously high-end shopping in Bologna. Even if you can’t afford to do more than sniff some of the perfumes or carefully caress some of the clothing, you can always window shop. Best of all, you can feel a bit like royalty without even going inside the stores. … Continue reading The Gilded Portico

For the Love of Rustication

Just a few words on this Wednesday … I need to save the rest for my paying job. My love of rustication is long standing and still intense and I get a bit of a thrill when I see some good stuff. As I probably mentioned before, I’ve been known to give it a bit of a fondle in passing. So when I saw this … Continue reading For the Love of Rustication

Giants Guarding the Door

Beware all ye who enter the Palazzo dei Bargellini. Two giants stand before you, guarding the entrance. Well, really they’re not so much guarding as having a bit of a pose-off. But they are huge! Obviously, these two figures stand out and when I saw a photo of them earlier this year, I knew I had to see them for myself. However, they became yet … Continue reading Giants Guarding the Door

An Unexpected Outdoor Concert

Charlie and I went on another nearly three-hour walk this morning. We started off with a stop at Piazza di Nettuno, where someone was encouraging him to jump over a chain barrier. I had to explain that Charlie speaks Dutch and then gave him the command, at which point he did jump. Brave hondje! Then there was a leisurely walk to Piazza Minghetti where a … Continue reading An Unexpected Outdoor Concert

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