Saturday 17 September 2016 - Monday 19 September 2016
Friday 16 September + Saturday 17 September
It's a long way from Auckland to Bologna via Melbourne and Dubai. The flights were very good as you would expect from Emirates. We had three hours or so in Dubai and then a very long drive around the airport to get to the plane (it seemed that we were driving to Bologna rather than flying). The flight from Dubai crossed over western Iran, eastern Turkey and the Balkans.
The mountains of south west Iran.
The lake formed by the Kazemi Dam in Western Iran.
Another lake in Iran.
Lake Urmia in western Iran
Upon arrival we checked into our B&B in the city centre and then had a walk up the main street to the Piazza Maggiore.
The Via dell'Indipendenza (and a wandering hand)
The Via dell'Indipendenza
The Palazzo dei Notai.
The Bascilica di San Petronio in the centre of the city.
On our way back we heard some music so decided to investigate and found these dancers.
The Via Galleria.
Sunday 18 September
After breakfast we carried on with our walk around.
The Bologna Vespa Club.
A nicely coloured building near the railway station.
A typical portico of which there are 38km in the city.
A typical use of the porticos in the city.
A local market selling flowers, cheese etc.
The flower market and a statue of Marco Minghetti.
The Palazzo del Podestà (and the tourist information centre)
The security forces, both Carabinieri and army.
One of the many churches in Bologna.
The Due Torri, (left: Asinelli and right: Garisenda)
Sunday 19 September
We went up to the Santuario Madonna di San Luca on the touristy train that leaves from the Piazza Maggiore.
Me in the Piazza Maggiore.
Santuario Madonna di San Luca
The view over a farm near the Basilica.
Santuario Madonna di San Luca.
The Portico di San Luca is nearly 4km long and is thought to be the world's longest.
The portico from the Santuario Madonna di San Luca down to the city.
After dinner we went back into the city for some night photos.
The Palazzo dei Banchi in the city centre.
The Due Torri.
Near the Due Torri.
In all, I liked Bologna. It is an easy introduction to Italy, is mall enough to walk around and has good food.