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Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna January 7th 2016

Hi all We are getting excited as final arrangements are made for our departure on Monday January 11. Rome Italy our first stop. We will send the link to our blog with this starting post to see if you can all access and navigate it: please add as many comments as you like!!! we look forward to hearing from you and will add photos and commentary as we go! Let's hope we can keep it up. Anna and Michael... read more

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Rimini September 4th 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! I slept better tonight than I did last night because I closed the window so the traffic didn't disturb me this time. I woke up rested and I said my goodbyes to Peppe before I boarded the bus to Rimini. When I arrived at the station I first checked the timetable for the train and bought my ticket to Bologna, giving myself a decent margin to catch my flight. Since I knew my time in Rimini would be limited I set out right away with my camera in one hand and my map in the other, keeping a brisk pace! My first target was the Malatesta Temple, a true landmark standing at the centre of Rimini. It was heavily damaged during World War II and was actually reconstructed by the so called ... read more
Surgeon's House
Surgeon's House
Malatesta Temple

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Bologna September 3rd 2015

Being an ancient city, Bologna is a bit underrated as a tourist destination, less than 2 hours from Florence, here you can feel the space, you can see local people live their life in their own way, walk their dog, cafe and restaurant not just crowd of tourists. There are many historic architecture around the old city, although most are not with exaggerate decorate like those in Florence, perhaps it was a plain answer to the Renaissance - simple is also good!And it does add an air of medieval tone for all the sight in Bologna, Beside the many great museum, the main sight in town sure is the Two Towers, it is the symbol of Bologna, stood right in the center, at the intersection of the roads that lead to 5 gates of the old ... read more
Bologna skyline
 Portico corridor
church scene

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Ravenna September 2nd 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! I began the day with a lovely breakfast together with Antonina before she went to work and I went on to explore Ravenna. My first stop of the day was at the Adriana Gate, which to be honest wasn't as impressive as I had expected without seeing pictures of it. Based on the name I would have guessed it to be a gate dedicate to Emperor Hadrian but it was rather named by being to road to the city of Adrian. So, in my head I saw something similar to the Hadrian Gate in Gerasa but instead found something more along the line of a 17th century thing. And it was in a bit of disrepair as well with almost no decorations. The rectangular bastions at the sides of it was cool ... read more
Basilica of Saint Vitalis
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
Basilica of Ursus

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Bologna September 1st 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! After a night of unfortunately somewhat poor sleep (due to the heavy traffic) I headed out into Bologna again. I left my bags at Giorgio since he was be working from home today so I could return and pick them up before I went to the train station. My first target for today was the Church of Saint Mary of Life to see these terracotta statues that Giorgio mentioned. On the way though I decided to finally visit the Basilica of Saint Francis, it's been closed for me twice now, third time is the charm! And indeed it was, I finally got to visit it and I enjoyed it (not as grand as the other basilicas but still nice enough). I then made my way over to the Church of Saint Mary ... read more
Oratory of Battuti
Bologna University
Anatomical Theatre

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Bologna August 31st 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! This morning, after a brief sleep at my friend Marcus in Malmö, I took an early flight to a sunny and warm Bologna. The flight went smoothly but the buses kind of caused a bit of an issue today. First was the airport bus from Bologna Airport to Bologna Train Station, the first ticket machine didn't work with VISA card and the bus couldn't accept it straight on the bus. Fortunately for me there was a few more machines located inside the terminal building and one of them worked with VISA. Once I had gotten to the train station I ran into the same problem, neither the ticket machine nor any shops accepted VISA so I had to track down an ATM and withdraw cash but then only even change was accepted ... read more
Tomb of Saint Dominic
Basilica of Saint Francis
Basilica of Saint Stephan

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Bologna July 6th 2015

The Fountain of Neptune is one of Bologna most known attractions. I see lots of people admiring it, taking pictures of it, listening to their guides, reading about it, as real tourists do. It is a a very unusual monument presenting, in addition to naked giant Neptune, some sexy nymphs. From Wiki: Its bronze figure of Neptune, extending his reach in a lordly gesture of stilling and controlling the waters, is an early work by Giambologna, completed about 1567. Recently I see that less and less people take pictures from the right location, representing Neptune's story: The s... read more
Looks innocent
Close to perfect location
He's facing THE church

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Bologna June 30th 2015

My father is using a wheelchair and is also an independent and VERY active traveler. If you are interested in information about travelling with a wheelchair in Switzerland (Luzern area), Australia, the Netherlands, Italy (Rome and Florence), Germany (Frankfurt), Australia, New Zealand, Hong kong and Israel, Please PM me. This time we went to Bologna, Italy together, for a friends and family visit. This is going to be an informative blog for independent travelers with emphasis on wheelchair accessibility (I won't get into the technical details of flights with wheelchairs). I will not (as I'm yet unable to) share how sentimental, emotional this visit was, how intensive and great. My parents lived in Bologna in the late 60's, met there, I was born there and my parents stayed in touch with some good friends that were ... read more
The hotel's internal garden
The hotel's cat
in the corridor

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Parma May 30th 2015

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 ... read more
Bologna Arcade work
Cheese factory
Testing the Cheese

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Parma April 28th 2015

A jigsaw puzzle that is Castell Arquato Can you imagine the perfect Italian hilltop town? Well you need to start with a jigsaw puzzle. The perfect picture of the Tuscan or Umbrian hillside town is on the box. A Rocca. A palazzo publicco and a pretty Romanesque church . All you need to do is find all the pieces and put them together to form the jigsaw picture . We drove into Castell Arquato and saw the hilltop medieval town from the distance. As always it bodes well . But you need to open the box and see the pieces within. Will they make up the perfect picture ? The first thing you need to do is find all the straight pieces and put them to one side . Castell Arquato has all the pieces from ... read more
The Rocca
The perfect town hall and square




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