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.
Bicycle tracks inthe country
If u have a look to this web page u can find some good info about trip in the county and itinerary.
Luckily for me, Serie A football team Bologna had a home game against Cagliari while we were there. Nobody else wanted to go so I was there on my own, sad?
Anyway a 1-0 home win on a very cold evening (18:00 kick off). In truth not a great game but the crowd were entertaining.
At €15 for a ticket in the Curva Sud, very good value. A top flight match in the UK will cost at least four times more.
Swimming? No way - the watter is not deep enough
If you chose to swim in Lidos along Adriatic coast from Venice to Ravenna you would not be a good choice taking it in the sea? Chose swimming pool instead because the sea is not deep enaugh. I was walking and walking to reach some deep watter but after a mile or so I gave up.
However there's still much to do on the beach instead of swiming. Just look at my favour sport activity (pic. below :-))
Equipment: Sunglases, deck chair and a loot of spare time.
Beer drinking...at a Sports bar
Well, I can't say I recommend it, but drinking beer is safer than many sports that I can think of.
My son for example, operates a martial arts school in Canada. I would think any maneuver he teaches would be worth two beer for the danger factor, even in slow motion.
However, drinking beer often includes navigating across a busy sports bar, weaving in and around like-minded patrons, twisting hips back and forth between tables while smiling that alcoholic lear at sweet young hostesses carrying trays of brew, with the final feat of traversing steep stairs either up or down to the potty.
The simple act of 'relief' requires great dexterity, sure footedness, thoughtful planning, a certain knowledge of Geography, a homing instinct, and intuition (knowing when the bill will arrive)(bonus points if tab is settled without any imput from yourself).
Beer drinking is a sport 'Not for the faint of Heart'.
Equipment: I tried a different type of beer that was unknown to me until I read the menu. The beer is made from a combination of Hemp leaves and flowers, plus more stuff to make it beer. It was called Hanfblute.
The aroma is dominated by hemp and hops, much like the scent of a dying flower garden. The color is yellow rather than golden, and, once poured, produces a lovely head, light and frothy. The first swallow produces no immediate taste, but a slight bitter after taste of hemp remains.
A rather special beer... just not sure if I liked it. The cost at euro 5 per beer prohibits me from checking out the hangover factor.
This beer is available at Piedra Del Sol, a very popular Sports Bar in Bologna. They have a lot of odd-ball brews available. As a Sports Bar, it appears to be a fun place.
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