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A closer look at Bologna, Italy
Happy March to you!!! Wow - this year is flying by so far!
Today, it happens to be gray, overcast and very warm here on Long Island. Will it stay like this till Spring?? Who knows, but I'm certainly enjoying the warm temps while they last.
I'm also amazed that Tanya's Winter Wonderland Tour officially comes to an end today!!
Boy, what a trip it was - watching from the sidelines and chatting with you guys about the specifics for each of the cities she visited!
Today, before heading back to Los Angeles, her gang was in the Bologna, the last of the cities on her travel itinerary.
BOLOGNA (credit: ParadiseInTheWorld)
Now, just a little bit of personal history about Bologna - while I've never visited this city, my dad did attend medical school there back in the 1950's.
That's right!! He was going to become a doctor back then, and although he never finished medical school, nor did he go onto become a physician, he lived in Bologna for a year!
I remember him telling me the stories of how lovely it was there and the beautiful apartment he had that he shared with two other roommates.
And, of course, his most vivid memory was of Rosa, the cook and housekeeper they hired to make sure they were well fed at all times!!!
Back to Bologna today... Bologna is the largest city (and the capital) of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy.
It is the seventh most populous city in Italy.
The first settlements date back to at least 1000 BC.
Bologna is home to numerous prestigious cultural, economic and political institutions as well as one of the most impressive trade fair districts in Europe.
In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture and in 2006, a UNESCO "city of music".
Bologna is one of the wealthiest cities in Italy, often ranking as one of the top cities in terms of quality of life in the country.
Traditionally said to be founded in 1088, the University of Bologna is widely considered to be the first university.
The university originated as an international centre of study of medieval Roman law under major glossators, including Irnerius. Among its students, are Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarca. The medical school is especially famous.
In 1796 Napoleon conquered Bologna, making it the capital of the short lived Cispadane Republic.
After the fall of Napoleon, the Congress of Vienna of 1815 placed Bologna once again under the sovereignty of the Papal States, leading to the uprisings of 1831 and 1848, when the Austrian garrisons which controlled the city were temporarily expelled.
The strategic importance of the city as industrial and railway hub connecting northern and central Italy made Bologna a strategic target for the Allied forces causing the city of Bologna to suffer extensive damage during World War II.
Its Piazza Maggiore is a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval and Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio.
Among the city’s many medieval towers are the Two Towers, leaning Asinelli and Garisenda.
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: BOLOGNA, ITALY
And today we head home..
GREETINGS from Bologna!
The last stop for us on thIs AMAZING and Wonderful Winter Wonderland Tour.
Everywhere we went yesterday was a first time experience for all of us.
From Ravenna and the well-preserved late Roman and Byzantine architecture and very beautiful early and quite colorful Mosaic examples including: The Basilica of San Vitale, which is from the time of Justinian and one of the highest creations of Byzantine architecture in all of Italy, combining elements from both the Western and Eastern traditions. This was just one of our stops and one of Ravenna's UNESCO sites. *As a reminder I will upload and post more pictures after returning home.
San Marino was next... *I have more to tell, but will save it for later.
And then finally to Bologna...
Our visit here won't be very long, but will it be long enough for this city win us over?
Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. Its Piazza Maggiore is a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval and Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio.
We shall see and I'll see you back here tomorrow from the states!