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Published: June 22nd 2017
That's a deli!
These shops include pre-made pasta dishes to go. The hand-rolled pasta is coarser and preferred to the smooth pasta from machine rolling. The processed meat "baloney" comes from here but they call it "Mortadella".
Geo: 44.4959, 11.3435
Walking tour of Bologna this morning, in glorious weather again. It's a lively city of 1M, with a student population of another 100,000 at the university. Bologna University is the first in Europe, dating from 1088. The city is also known for its great culinary traditions - pasta of all types; its left-wing political orientation; its 40km of covered footpaths (porticos) and its orangey/red coloured walls and roofs.
Due to political one up-manship, Bologna's Cathedral (the Bishop's seat) is not the biggest church in Bologna. The city built a bigger one in the 14th century (Church of San Petronio - one of Christendom's largest) and it was consecrated a basilica in 1954. Controversially this basilica contains a 1410 fresco depicting scenes from Dante's Hell, one of which shows Mohammed (named in an inscription) being tormented by the Devil. Muslims see this as a great blasphemy and extremists have threatened violence. Consequently there is a permanent security presence at the church.
We had a cooking demonstration in the afternoon where the chef would talk for 5 min in Italian, and we'd get a 10 second translation! Still, I'd never watched pasta hand-made and rolled before. Then apertivos with mortadella and parmigiana, plus
Bologna's Two Towers
In many Italian cities, rich medieval families built towers as a demonstration of their wealth and power. And as a sanctuary in case of possible conflict. These towers were built more or less the same height but when the left one started leaning alarmingly, its top 10m was demolished. A couple of hundred years later the second tower had another 25m built on to it to improve its lookout function.
dinner at the hotel. (Which was nowhere near as good as at the da Nello restaurant the previous night.)
Tot: 3.67s; Tpl: 0.058s; cc: 8; qc: 45; dbt: 0.0416s; 3; m:saturn w:www (126.96.36.199); sld: 2;
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