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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Bologna - Day 2

After a hearty breakfast at the Hotel I am ready to hit the sights.

My first destination are the twin towers - Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda located in the Piazza di Porta Ravegnano.

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The tower to the left is the taller, Torre deglis Asinelli, the shorter is the Torre degli Garisenda.

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There's one thing you'll see a lot of in Bologna, besides McDonalds, and that are covered walk-ways
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some still with the vestiges of their original frescoes
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A short walk away and it's back to the Basilica di San Petronio on Piazza Maggiore

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It's a spectacular church, the fifth largest but as you can see it remains unfinished

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Work began in 1390 but was only consecrated in 1954.

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On this same Piazza you'll also find the Palazzo del Podestà

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and the Palazzo dei Banchi

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Just off to one side is the Piazza Nettuno named for it's fountain

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the Fontano del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) was made in the 16th century by Flemish sculptor Jean Boulogne. Neptune stands atop with four angels that represent the four winds and below them four sirens, who really have to be seen to be believed...

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Yes, they are watching water spray from their nipples - they are said to represent the four continents that were known at the Renaissance.


My next destination involved a short bus trip into the nearby hills to visit the Chiesa di San Michele in Bosco (Church of St Michele).


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from here you get views of Bologna, though you may have to find the gaps between the trees to do so

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The inside of the church was quite lovely too

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From here I heading back into the city itself and stumbled upon the market in full force. I haven't taken that many photos as it was quite busy.

meat pasta

cheese

After this I winded my way back to the hotel as I had plans for later in the afternoon.

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Pausing to take a few more photos of the interesting architecture

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and the utterly delightful covered walkways

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as well as a couple more churches.

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So what were my plans...well they involved spending time with one of these

laundry

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