Bologna - April 27
Trip Start Apr 01, 2009
70Trip End Jul 13, 2009
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Today, I woke up from a great nights sleep at Hotel Hollywood to grab the EuroStar from Rome's Termini Station to Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The trip only took about 2 two hours. I arrived in Bologna around 1 PM.
After stopping at the tourist office for a map and some information about the city, I hopped on a bus to the center of town. When I arrived at the center, the first order of business was to find a place to stay for the next two nights. After walking around the town for about an hour or so, I stumbled across the 3 star Hotel Academia in the University area of town. What I have figured out is that most hotels in Europe offer cheaper accommodation to individual travelers who are willing to use a bathroom outside of the actual room. After settling in my room, I headed out to grab a bite to eat and see some sights.
The hotel recommended an awesome osteria down the road. After an excellent meal of tortellini bolognese, I headed to the Piazza Maggiore where I snapped a few pictures before the rain started pouring down! The city is full of basilica's and towers, which are all located within walking distance of each other, so Bologna is a very easy city to walk around. On my way back to my hotel, I stopped at the Towers of Bologna. The two medieval towers are very high and one of them is actually leaning to one side.
After arriving at my hotel, I chilled out for a while and then headed out to a wine bar for some good Italian vino. After some vino, I headed to a jazz bar for some more excellent grub and a live jazz performance, by an Italian jazz band! After a bottle of wine, I headed back to my hostel to crash.
Bologna is a very cool city that can be seen in a day or even a long afternoon. The University area is a really cool place to stay and walk around. The area has the character of any neat college town and boasts my inexpensive restaurants that serve the excellent food that the Emelia-Romagna region is known for!