Luggage and bags:
The town of Bologna is shopping paradise, for those who can spend a lot and those who take care of expensis.
The small Palazzo Majani, in Via dell'Indipendenza, was built in 1908 to a project of Augusto Senzanne. It is one of the best examples of Art Nouveau (Liberty) in the city, defined by tradicionalists "una saggiola di Vienna messa li a urtare le gambe di passanti" (meaning, small wisdom of Vienna put here to hit the legs of passers-by).
Owned by the company of chocolate Majani, the palace has a bar, a tea room and coffee-bar, a ballroom and outdoor terrace with tables which plays the orchestra. The luxurious interior was destroyed by an accident in 1939.
Today the building contains a clothing store, selling the Swedish trade-mark H&M, known for the very affordable prices.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Check the shops in Via dell'Indipendenza, Via S. Stefano, Corte Isolani, Corso Cavour, but especially in Centro Grosso where the prices are very competitive.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There exist many shops of a kind inside the city center.
Photo Equipment: Unfortunatelly, the offer is limited, as for camera as for memory cards.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take with you pair of good and very comfortable shoes because you will really need them for all that walking around Italian towns. For three months I spent in Italy…. I completely destroyed this one and they finish somewhere in the trashcan in Bologna.
Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 15 – 26°C ( 59 - 79°F ); min: 6 - 13°C ( 43 - 55°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 28 – 30°C ( 82 - 86°F ); min: 16 - 18°C ( 60 - 64°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 11 – 26°C ( 51 - 79°F); min: 5 - 15°C ( 41 – 59°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 6 – 9°C ( 43 - 49°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )
Miscellaneous: Although things tend to cool off at night, if you're an American and used to air conditioning, you may find that it is well worth your while to bring a small battery-powered fan with you, or to purchase a slightly larger fan which has the appropriate plug for Italian current. I brought two of the former and we never did get around to buying the latter -- but we certainly would have been much more comfortable had we done so, and at minimal cost.