This isn't the most important activity or site in Bologna but it's pretty cool.
It is not uncommon to see waterfalls running between apartment buildings. When I first saw this, I was overwhelmed. Some background, I live in New York and it's difficult to find peace and quiet at home because of sirens, horns, people etc. In Bologna, at my friends apartment, all I could here was the soothing ripple of waterfalls cascading behind her apartment. I did not want to leave.
Football (soccer) and basketball
The local "Bologna FC" used to be one of the best Italian football clubs of Prime division. However, there are lots of scandals in Italian football because certain club managers think they are God in person, "cutting" championships as they like it. Bologna FC was one of their victims and although having very good tram was transfered into the second division.
Basketball is sport number two in the town but actually, according to the titles, it is undaubtelly number one in whole of Italy. Bologna used to have two excellent basketball teams, fighting constantly for the championship. However, good team depends of sponsorships and only one left now, changing names each and every year.
It was a bit on the odd side.
We had heavy suitcases and were a bit tired after strolling around for 4 hours - we are not as young as we used to be - so we were looking for a lift to get down to our platform. Not seeing any escalators.
We spotted a lift and approached it. A young man who appeared to be just idling and leaning against a wall manifested himself and made it clear he was in charge of the lift. Fair enough.
It was a great big goods lift and he deposited us in an underground corridor.
A young woman manifested herself and made it clear she would guide us.
We walked for quite a long way and up ahead we could see a small knot of people chatting. One of them manifested themselves and made it clear she was in charge of the lift that would take us to our platform so in we piled.
And there was our platform.
It took 3 people to get us there. We felt quite over indulged.
And it actually would have been quicker to just use the stairs.
Great Sports Bar...I'd guess
Ma Kettle and I were heading home after a long day of elbow to elbow people, and avoidance of protest marchers, para-military police, and expensive bar coffee.
We hadn't eaten Mexican food since Canada, almost eighteen months earlier, and when Ma spotted their sidewalk sign, we decided to go in search. It is located at the very end of an alley-like street, lit well enough, but still a little too far off the beaten track for tourists. However, the university crowd is their target, so location is fine.
Upon entry, we were pleased to find a full house, younger people in attendance, giant screen TV with the favourite Bologna vs. Rome soccer game in play, patrons animated, but orderly. This was a Sports bar.
We were early for dinner, and were forced to stand in wait for about twenty minutes before the dining area opened. Very busy, and each table was full of life. We rather enjoyed the atmosphere. I took a picture of the restaurant just as Ma sat down. The waitress was walking past as the shutter engaged, so Ma now has a pair of bunny ears above her lovely head.
The menu is rather limited in scope. We had actually just wanted something to satisfy our mexican cravings, so we really had to ponder over our dinner choice. I decided on a Chimichanga del Sol, filled with shrimp/crab and cheese, which was served with a crown of a very light, but mild flavoured sauce, and a side of rice and a salad. A dallop of Guacamole and sour cream was offered as well. Pleasant enough, but a little bland for my palet. Very skimpy on the seafood contents however. (euro 11.00)
Ma settled on a shrimp cocktail called Cocktail De Camarones, containing shrimp, crab (imitation), and Avocado. Tiny bits of Avocado, too small to spear with her fork, but lots and lots of lettuce. Once again, a limited amount of seafood. (euro 7.50)
There was a 'small' bowl of nacho chips and fresh salsa on the table as we sat down. Naturally we ate them. No refills were offered. We assumed it was free as is standard in North America. Not here. No coperto charge, so I guess this takes its place.
Overall, food was OK, but not great, quantity left a bit to be desired, felt cheated on the small amount of seafood, and felt ripped off on the nachos charge.
It took fully 30 minutes from the moment I asked our waitress for our bill (twice), until the time I finally went up to the cash register and asked a third time, with money in hand. The clerk at the till was very unorgaized, no apology was given for the long, long delay, and we left with a sour taste in our mouth. We missed our original train connection to Padova, and consequently arrived home after buses had stopped running. It should be noted also, that a young couple who left as we did, was upset and grumbling about something.
Unfortunate... however I admire the gumption it took to open a Mexican restaurant in Bologna, but more care must be paid to each patron if continued success is to enjoyed.
Named after the city's patron saint, this vast basilica is Bologna's largest church, but was intended to be even larger. Building started in 1392 to a plan that would have made the basilica bigger than St Peter's in Rome, but the Vatican forbade this overweening attempt to build something bigger than the Pope's home church.
On the eastern side of the basilica, along the Via dell'Archiginnasio, you can see semi-constructed apses jutting from the basilica walls and an incomplete facade. Despite the papal downsizing, the basilica is still the fifth largest in the world.
The central doorway, by sculptor Jacopo della Quercia, dates from 1425 and has exquisite carvings of scenes from the Old and New Testament and a beautiful Madonna and Child