Allora, after 2 days of wandering the streets of Bologna, I was very happy. The Christmas lights, the markets, the stalls, the shops and the people all make Bologna very special during the holiday season.
I arrived around 6:30pm at my hotel in Via della Zecca after a long day of travel and I couldn’t have been happier. I even decided to splurge an extra 10 euro, to upgrade my room! My hotel was so central, so I showered quickly and then hustled down the stairs with my camera in hand ready to see Piazza Grande and find my first meal. The tree in Piazza del Nettuno was not disappointing this year, full and tall it stood watching over the piazza, down via Rizzoli and down Via Indipendenza. My only complaint was that poor Neptune remained hidden under the scaffolding of restoration, I miss him! I hope his restoration doesn’t take nearly as long as that of San Petronio!
I walked through the markets of Via Pescherie Vecchie, scoped out the various wine bars and which ones might have been new. I strolled the streets just envious of the people walking by who likely call Bologna home.
Already, I could feel Italian life soaking back into my veins. Where was I to have my first pignoletto? How many streets could I walk before I got hungry?
1. Speak Italian
2. Walk as many streets as possible
3. Drink as many cappuccinos as possible
4. Soak in the Bolognese accents
6. Drink Pignoletto
7. Eat tagliere misto with tigelle/crescentine
8. Eat a lasagna
9. Run/walk as often and as much as possible
10. ENJOY MYSELF!