Bologna Day Trip

A short 35 minute train ride from Florence and we were in Bologna. I think tourists are just starting to discover the charms of Bologna. Of all the well-known places we visited, this was the most low-key and we liked it. No tour guides with their flags leading hordes of tourists. Just every day Italians going to work or university.

In Piazza Maggiore, we met up with a local actress dressed as a classic Bologna housewife from back in the day. She led us on a walking tour to get a flavor of Bologna.

Unfortunately, the famous Neptune fountain was under renovation, so we “acted out” the fountain instead!

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Re-enacting the Neptune fountain

We walked past the Bologna Cathedral with its (mostly) unfinished facade (guess they ran out of money?). Then it was over to Palazzo d’Accursio, the former city hall.

Today I was in for a special treat: This librarian got to visit two libraries. First we went to Biblioteca Salaborsa, housed in the former stock exchange, that is a busy town library. After that, we went to the Archiginassio, once home to the University of Bologna. It hosts another library full of rare books, along with a fascinating Anatomical Theatre that was used for medical training.

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Archiginnasio of Bologna

Following our tour, we had the rest of the time at leisure. I scouted out some good places to eat and then took a walk in a park before boarding the train back to Florence.

Here are a few pics from Bologna:

For more Italy pics, check out my Flickr album.

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  1. Pingback: How a LibGuide Got Me to Italy – Mr. Library Dude

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