Excursions and map, Bologna
In some cities, you will find big charts with city maps. In some, orientation is easy, some cites will provide you with free maps. But none of the sentences is true with Bologna. The old town center is very large with a lot of smaller streets. That means that you will need a city map, if you don't want to get lost.
Fondest memory: I did not found a free city map, so I had to buy one at the tourist information. I felt somewhat ripped-off after paying three Euros for a city map from 1999. Try bring one with where at least the area between central train station and Piazza di Porta San Stefano is displayed.
This is bologna's main park and provides the perfect place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Created in 1875, the garden has much on offer to see and enjoy, including an oak woodland area; avenues lined with trees; pathways with many places to sit relax; and a small lake.
Located at Viale Gozzadini
PLan your day well because the sights you want to see may be spread out all over town and the opning hours vary greatly. We spent time over morning breakfast planning each day carefully. The daytripping was exquisite. Ravenna's mosiacs are phenomenal (see pic) Also visit Dante's grave.
Fondest memory: Definitely try to go to the opera. clothing is fairly casual and we got tickets for the same night that day at the opera house ticket office. Cheap and beautiful and dramatic. The opera house itself is stunning. We were in a box seat on the first floor, center.
Daytrip from town to town on the train
Fondest memory: Seeing the Barber of Sevillle at the old opera house for $7.50 a ticket. The opera houses are elaborate. This is a partial picture of the boxseating at the opera house in Parma.