Shopping Paradise - Palazzo Majani
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.
Pack wise: good shoes and .... memory cards :)
Luggage and bags: Luggage on wheels might be a good idea, but be aware there are often steps between the walkways under the arcades. I had my backpack with me, as usual, and didn’t have any problems.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good shoes are a must because you will walk and walk and walk and even if you take the bus, you will walk a bit. But then, one can walk mostly under the arcades, where it is flat and easy to walk. Streets are often cobblestoned. Decide yourself if you bring an umbrella (and stick out other people’s eyes under the arcades) or if you bring a raincoat. It will be dry under the arcades though....
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Only in case you need prescriptions, you might want to bring your own medical supplies from home. Or bring a translation for your prescriptions. Otherwise, Bologna has a pharmacy almost around every corner.
Photo Equipment: Memory cards, memory cards – and something to load up the batteries. Especially the latter because I thought I don’t need my charger for my 1 week in Italy and I had two batteries fully charged. But .... at the end I had to carefully watch how many photos I took because my batteries needed recharging!
Miscellaneous: Bring space in your luggage: you will buy some goodies for friends and family at home. And for yourself.
And bring appetite – leave those diet plans at home.
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.
- Hiking and Walking
Climate in Bologna
Miscellaneous: 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 )
Some like it hot
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.
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