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  • Churches and Squares

    Bologna Favorites

    I stole this term from my Polish colleagues who invented it to describe their favourite research and pastime, as opposed to all those other activities ending in –ing which have adapted from English by other languages. Befitting the location, we then translated it into Italian as “Chiesare” ;-) Bologna is full of churches, big and small. San...

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  • amusement parks

    Rimini Favorites

    Check ITALIA IN MINIATURA in Viserba di Rimini, that shows you Italy's most important architectural treasures only in a very small scale. Or have a great time in AQUAFAN in the nearby Riccione where you can splash around for a whole day. Or take your kids to MIRABILANDIA amusement park (50km up the coast from Rimini, 10 km south of...

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  • San Vitale church

    Ravenna Favorites

    visit basilica di San Vitale - inside wonderful breath taking mosaics, dating 6th century. Loved also Gala Placida, small, full of mosaics and sarcofags, but wonderful. Nice Italian style old town with central square, other nice places. Tomba di Dante – Dante’s grave. Mausoleo di Teodorico , guess the name says it all, I liked it. Also you can go...

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  • Portici

    Bologna Favorites

    The invention of the “portici”, arcades along the facades of the houses that cover the walkways and enlarge the ground plan of the upper storeys, had a precedessor already in the middle ages. The oldest palazzi do not have arched arcades but timber constructions made from strong beams that look quite archaic. Palazzo Isolani in Strada Maggiore is...

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  • beach

    Rimini Favorites

    Rimini is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Italy thanks to its 15 km-long sandy beach, over 1,000 hotels. In this area the water is shallow and the ground sandy, so it is nice, agreeable and safe to take a bath, especially for children. Only far out on the open sea, the water can be somewhat deeper, a modest 100 m. I had only half an hour...

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  • San Apollinare church

    Ravenna Favorites

    This basilica was built by Theodoric sometime after 500 AD as an Arian cathedral (in the same era as the Arian Baptistery) dedicated to Christ; it was converted into a Catholic church dedicated to St. Martin around 560. The dedication was changed again in the 9th century to St. Apollinare, first bishop of Ravenna, when the saint's relics were...

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  • Food and shopping

    Bologna Favorites

    Shopping and window-shopping in Bologna is not about chain stores but about the little, locally owned shops. This applies to most of Italy, by the way. Underneath the portici there are countless small shops of all kinds and genres. Many still have their old shop fronts, like the hat shop in photo 4. Some sell everyday goods, but the majority...

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  • More churches

    Ravenna Favorites

    The Duomo is in the south of the town and, no surprises here, it's located in Piazza Duomo. It has been described as a Baroque hodgepodge and it certainly offers something different to the Byzantine nature of the town generally. Having said that, when you enter and are confronted by what is a relatively bland interior after you've viewed the...

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  • old building

    Bologna Favorites

    The impressive Porta Saragozza was built in 1860, upon the remains of its medieval precursor. It is located in the most wertern part of the city walls, in the vicinity of Stadio Comunale Renato dall'Arra, which is home of F.C. Bologna. Porta Saragozza was designed by Enrico Brunetti Rodati, the gate is made of two large towers topped with...

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  • Mosaics

    Ravenna Favorites

    Purely by chance we happened to arrive in Ravenna at the same time their first mosaic festival was on. Purely by chance (not really, I stick my head into old churches all the time) I walked into this old building and lo, there was a mosaic exhibition. Better still, it was free. Of course, these were not the ancient mosaics that Ravenna has become...

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  • Towers

    Bologna Favorites

    Tower houses were a typical feature of medieval cities. The leading families built them both as a symbol of their power and wealth and as refuge during the frequent fights with their neighbours. Renaissance paintings show these characteristic silhouettes. Only in a few locations they are still preserved in significant number. San Gimignano is...

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  • Mausoleum Galla Placida

    Ravenna Favorites

    Mausoleum di Galla Placida, San Vitale, San Apollinere in Classe and Nuovo. Watching a 'horse-whipping to music' contest in the main square one evening! And sitting outside the cafe's all afternoon sipping wine or fresh peach juice cocktails.

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  • Excursions and map

    Bologna Favorites

    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. I did not found a free city map,...

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  • Piazza Nettuno

    Bologna Favorites

    Piazza del Nettuno is situated right next to Piazza Maggiore and it is the most vivid square in the city always crowded with locals and tourists. It is probably the best known meeting point in Bologna and resting post for visitors after long strollings around. The square is completely open in direction of Piazza Maggiore and opposite of it to Via...

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  • Piazza Maggiore

    Bologna Favorites

    Piazza Maggiore represents the heart of the town; its ancient buildings and glorious history make the square one of the greatest throughout Italy. It is the best possible starting point for exploring the old core of Bologna. I still remember well my first visit to Bologna, which was long ago, and the sensation I felt when getting on this square. So...

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