Monday, September 23, 2013

Bologna Wrap Up

Bologna had so much to offer that after having discussed its Art Gallery, Palazzo Comunale, its Cathedrals, its gates, arcades and towers, there were still more to it.  Finally, I'm zooming into the city center where two large piazzas met - Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno.

Below was the pictures of the already mentioned Piazza Maggiore.  Facing the Basilica was Palazzo Re Enzo, which was built in thirteenth century.  We didn't have chance to explore it further other than walking in its arcade loggia.

DSCN4673 _ Basilica di San Petronio (right) and Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita (domed building) viewed from Palazzo D'Accursio (Palazzo Comunale), Bologna, 18 October
Basilica di San Petronio (right) and Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita (domed building) viewed from Palazzo D'Accursio (Palazzo Comunale)

DSCN4672 _ Palazzo D'Accursio (Palazzo Comunale), Bologna, 18 October
Piazza Maggiore - Palazzo Re Enzo (left), Torre Asinelli (middle) and Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita (domed building) viewed from Palazzo D'Accursio (Palazzo Comunale)

DSCN3215 _ Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, 16 October
Palazzo Re Enzo

DSCN3539 _ Arcade around Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, 16 October
Arcade in Palazzo Re Enzo, Piazza Maggiore

It was a quite remarkable walk around the well preserved Piazza Maggiore area - a sense of time traveling was quite easily invoked and our eyes were quickly trained to ignore the modern inventions, such as bicycles, etc.

DSCN4661 - Palazzo D'Accursio (Palazzo Comunale), Bolonga, October 2012
Palazzo D'Accursio (Palazzo Comunale)

DSCN4659 _ Bologna, 18 October

DSCN3533 _ Palazzo Comunale, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, 16 October
Palazzo D'Accursio (Palazzo Comunale), Piazza Maggiore

DSCN3538 _ Palazzo Comunale, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, 16 October

There were many sculptures in Bologna, such as this sculpture of Luigi Galvani (September 1737 - 1798) (an Italian physician, physicist and philosopher who discovered bioelectricity), in Piazza Luigi Galvani, right behind Basilica di San Petronio:

DSCN4378 _ Piazza Luigi Galvani, Bologna, 18 October
Piazza Luigi Galvani

But no sculpture in Bologna could rival the impact and vividness of the Fountain of Neptune - Fontana del Nettuno, in Piazza del Nettuno, between Plazzo Re Enzo and Palazzo D'Accursio (Palazzo Comunale).  The modest-sized piazza was dominated by a lively and glorious fountain Fontana del Nettuno, which accentuated the otherwise slightly gloomy medieval looking square. The bronze God was so powerful and regal that one expected at any time this god might strike the ground with his mighty trident and cause gushes of water to inundate this plaza and the city altogether.  Thus, stay at a respectable distance and admire!

DSCN3548 _ Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna, 17 October
Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna

DSCN3549 _ Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna, 17 October

DSCN3554 _ Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna, 17 October

DSCN3535 _ Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna, 16 October

DSCN5073 _ Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna, 19 October

DSCN3527 _ Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna, 16 October

DSCN3528 _ Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna, 16 October DSCN3529 _ Shadow of Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna, 16 October

DSCN3536 _ Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna, 16 October

If Piazza Maggiore was the heart of Bologna, its artery would be Via dell'Indipendenza, a beautiful boulevard lined with endless arcades of shops, and dotted with basilicas, ruins, monuments and sculptures, with noteworthy ones such as Legambiente Bologna & Emilia Romagna, a ruin and park nearby, Garibaldi statue and  Cattedrale di San Pietro.

DSCN3557 _ Via dell'Indipendenza, Bologna, 17 October
Via dell'Indipendenza

DSCN3604 _ Bologna, 17 October
Via dell'Indipendenza

DSCN3615 _ Legambiente Bologna & Emilia Romagna, 17 October
Legambiente Bologna & Emilia Romagna

DSCN3616 _ Legambiente Bologna & Emilia Romagna, 17 October

DSCN3618 _ Legambiente Bologna & Emilia Romagna, 17 October
Legambiente Bologna & Emilia Romagna

DSCN3193 _ Ruins in Bologna, Italia, 16 October
Ruins near Legambiente Bologna & Emilia Romagna in Bologna

DSCN3565 _ Via dell'Indipendenza, Bologna, 17 October

DSCN3590 _ Giardino della Montagnola, Via dell'Indipendenza, Bologna, 17 October

DSCN3609 _ Giardino della Montagnola, Via dell'Indipendenza, Bologna, 17 October

DSCN3589 _ Giardino della Montagnola, Via dell'Indipendenza, Bologna, 17 October

DSCN3591 _ Giardino della Montagnola, Via dell'Indipendenza, Bologna, 17 October

DSCN3600 _ Giardino della Montagnola, Via dell'Indipendenza, Bologna, 17 October

DSCN3558 _ Garibaldi statue along  _ Via dell'Indipendenza, Bologna, 17 October
Garibaldi statue along  Via dell'Indipendenza

DSCN3578 _ Cattedrale di San Pietro, Via dell'Indipendenza, Bologna, 17 October
Cattedrale di San Pietro, Via dell'Indipendenza

DSCN4341 _ Cattedrale di San Pietro, Via dell'Indipendenza, Bologna, 17 October
Cattedrale di San Pietro, Via dell'Indipendenza

Other memorable stops we made in Bologna included Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore, Teatro Comunale di Bologna (The Opera House), SS Ioseph et Ignatio DIC, and Chiesa Universitaria di San Sigismondo, and other public or private, religious or secular architectural gems.

DSCN3443 _  Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna, 16 October
Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna

DSCN3445 _  Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna, 16 October

DSCN3447 _  Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna, 16 October
Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore

DSCN3446 _  Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna, 16 October
Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore

DSCN3426 _ Teatro Comunale di Bologna, 16 October
Teatro Comunale di Bologna (The Opera House)

DSCN5056 _  Bologna, 18 October

DSCN4826 _ Bologna, 18 October

DSCN4813 _ Bologna, 18 October

DSCN4812 _ Bologna, 18 October

DSCN4657 _ Bologna, October 2012 DSCN4610 _ Palazzo di Givstizia, Bologna, 18 October

DSCN4633 _ SS Ioseph et Ignatio DIC, Bologna, 18 October
SS Ioseph et Ignatio DIC

DSCN4614 _ Monastery outside Bologna, 18 October

DSCN3257 _ Chiesa Universitaria di San Sigismondo, Bologna, 16 October
Chiesa Universitaria di San Sigismondo

DSCN4613 _ Bologna, 18 October

DSCN4640 _ Bologna, 18 October DSCN4658 _ Bologna, 18 October

DSCN4638 _ Bologna, 18 October

DSCN4647 _ Bologna, 18 October

DSCN4644 _ Bologna, Italy, October 2012

DSCN4642 _ Bologna, 18 October DSCN4648 _ Bologna, 18 October

DSCN5053 _  Bologna, 18 October

Then there was food.  Meals were delicious, markets were lovely and the pastries were dainty.  Nothing, however, topped the gelato shop near Le due Torri, where they made gelati with olive oil.  One singlularly glorious flavor was the very best I ever had, aptly named as Inferno - white chocolate gelato with dipping cherry topping.  Every drop of the melting gelato generated a nuclear chain reaction in my stunned mouth.  Not to be missed.

The name of Inferno did trace back to the great Poet Dante, whose Divine Comedy, Inferno mentioned Garisenda, one of the famous Two Towers, together with the Asinelli Tower:
As when one sees the tower called Garisenda
from underneath its leaning side, and then a cloud
passes over and it seems to lean the more,
thus did Antaeus seem to my fixed gaze
as I watched him bend...
Divine Comedy, Inferno, XXXI, 136-140
Never can my eyes make amends to me --short
of going blind-- for their great fault,
that they gazed at the Garisenda tower
with its fine view, and --confound them!--
missed her, the worthiest of those
who are talked about.
Rime, VIII

DSCN4802 _ Gelateria (featuring Inferno), near Torre degli Asinelli, Bologna, 18 October

DSCN4636 _ Regina di Quadri, Bologna, 18 October

DSCN5061 _  Bologna, 18 October

DSCN5064 _ Caffè Zamboni, between Torre degli Asinelli and Basilica Giacomo Maggiore, near Università, Bologna, 18 October
Caffè Zamboni, between Le due Torri and Basilica Giacomo Maggiore, near Università


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