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39 thoughts on “The Nicknames of Bologna”

  1. 38km of porticoes and 666 arches! Wow. Sure shelters from the rains and the blazing sun! Maintaining them would surely be a challenge. And good to know its Tagliatell al ragu is really what was created here and not Spaghetti bolognese! LOL

    1. The name is really misleading, isn’t it? Before visiting Bologna, I had the same thought as well. I traveled to Bologna to seek authentic Spaghetti Bolognese 🙂

  2. When I visited Italy for the first time we head up North via Florence to Venice, and wanted to spend some time in Bologna so much, but sadly didn’t have time. Looks like I definitely have to go back, SO MUCH good food and scenery!

    1. You definitely should! The food alone is more than enough for a visit 🙂 Bologna is also less touristic than Florence or Venice, so you can genuinely experience the Italian’s “dolce vita” there.

  3. Le Duo Torri were the first things I learned about Bologna when I was a kid. I vaguely remember reading that both towers were more leaning than the Tower of Pisa — I wonder if they still do. Such fresh and crisp images of Bologna! If I ever come to this city I wonder if I will end up gaining so much weight. 🙂

    1. Yes! You will surely gain weight if lingering here too long. The food is really great and affordable. To be honest, Bologna’s cuisine was the main reason that I visited this city 🙂
      I have never been in Pisa so I cannot make a comparison. But I can confirm you that Garisenda (the smaller tower) must tilt at least 30 to 40 degree. From afar, it looks like it is collapsing on the other one.

  4. Hey Len, sorry to bother you – given your experiences travelling across Europe, would you say that it is still safe? Or do you have any safety advice, especially in light of the recent attacks in the region?? I was trying to find a Contact link on your page but couldn’t find one. Thanks heaps! 🙂

    1. Thanks for reminding me that I forgot to put “Contact” on my homepage 🙂 I knew that my page is missing something.
      Well, I think those maniacs are everywhere so absolute safety cannot be guaranteed. Especially now as they are using cars as weapon, so it is impossible to predict or prevent attacks (except if cars could be banned from the city centers).
      I think you should travel as planned. We should not let fear overcome us, because that is what those lunatics want. Maybe more vigilant at big cities and avoid crowded events like a street parade or so. But overall I could say it is safe to travel in Europe. After all, those crazy people are just minority.
      If you want to visit museums or major tourist attractions, do it early or late afternoon to avoid the peak hours and the crowd.

      1. Thanks Len. Banning cars from city centres doesn’t sound like a bad idea… The Australian government puts it quite well: be alert, but not alarmed.

      2. Agree! There is no reason to be panic and stop travelling because of those lunatics. Besides, I believe that there are more heroes out there than killers 🙂

  5. Wonderful post. I love how you mix history with food! Intriguing that long long portico!! And the University – so old. I can only imagine the legacy of being a student there!

    1. Thank you! I am glad that you like them. If you have any question, feel free to ask. I have not been in many places yet, but I will try my best to answer your questions 🙂

  6. I’ve not been to Bologna, but having feasted on the marvellous food in other Italian cities, the name La Grassa definitely hits a chord. The university looks stunning and I’m amazed at how long it has been a centre of higher education. Lovely photos!

    1. Many thanks, Caroline! The food in Bologna is really good. Even now I can still imagine the taste of tagliatelle al ragù 😛

  7. Well everything about this post is delicious, from your stories about the city, to the gorgeous buildings, to your photographs, to the food! Who can resist a good Italian meal? I’ve not been to Bologna, but I think I must!

    1. Defintively! An Italian meal is good. But a Bolognese meal is addictive! One small tip: don’t mention “Spaghetti Bolognese” in the restaurant. I accidentally said that and the waiter gave me an icy glare. No joke 🙂

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