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May 30th 2015
Published: May 30th 2015
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We have been enjoying one of the better “foodie” areas of Italy around Bologna and Parma. As yet this area isn’t on everyone’s itinerary but well worth visiting.

One of the highlights was our visit to Bologna which has stunning arcades, arched walkways right through the city centre. Think: kilometres of buildings with covered walkways. It did have an important church, San Stefano, with 7 inner connected chapels. Architecturally, very interesting. However, it was the crowded laneways with delightful little restaurants and delis which really were fun. We snacked on, perhaps an underestimation, ham, fresh ricotta cheese and fig jam! A great combination especially with a glass of red wine to wash it down.

We were staying in the hills about 45 minutes from Bologna and were treated to a visit to the local Parmigiano Reggiano factory. It was interesting but also fun learning to tap the cheese with a metal hammer to listen for “hollow” sounds which indicate poorer quality due to holes. The cheese wheels are stamped with the license details and dates. Being in the storage area was terrific.

We are now in Parma. Home of Parma ham, (delicious as wafer thin slices on puffy fried bread) Lambrusco (drunk early evening in bars spilling onto the streets) and Parmigiano cheese (completely changed my perception of parmigiana). On the way, we stopped at an Aceto Balsamic factory near Modena. Interesting too, but hard to part with more than 60 euros for a small bottle!

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31st May 2015
Parma Friday night

Parma and Bologna
GREAT photos - love Roger's pigeon toes. Seriously though, great photos of the cheeses lined up, the deli window etc. No wonder you are proud of them. There are 2 main things I remember about Bologna - the granita and the colonnades, mainly the latter. Does it remind you of the columns under the Toaster??? Hah. Glad you're having a great time. L F
31st May 2015

Fun times
Sounds like you are having a fabulous experience.
24th June 2015

Bologna and Environs
I can taste it !

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