Moving on to the final leg. Without kids, 10 days is just about all we can stretch it these days. First leg is here, next here. This one features mostly Bologna where we settled down for 3 nights
Day 8 – Traffic, Vignola, Balsamic, Modena, Traffic
Left our B&B in Parma and started the day with a bang, as in a crash on the highway resulting in a standstill for close to an hour. We were lucky enough then to meet with our new friend from Vignola who showed us his hometown including the striking castle of Vignola which we had for ourselves pretty much.
Villa San Donnino, a balsamic vinegar producer was the next stop and this was a real eye opener. Essentially we quickly realized that we knew nothing about Balsamic Vinegar, and the tedious process of making “Traditional” vinegar. The icing on the cake was sampling traditional balsamic with ice cream.
Modena, another beautiful walkable city was the next stop. The famous Modena Duomo was everything we imagined and more thanks to the guidance of our friend. But not quite as emotional as the church we went to next, the entrance to Osteria Francescana, considered top 5 in the world. But the highlight for us this day was lunch at Hosteria Giusti, one of the toughest tables in Italy. Drove to out last B&B in Bologna in more heavy traffic and all sorts of Hertz drop-off adventures. An ok dinner at Osteria La Traviata
Day 9 – Bologna
We fell for Bologna fairly quickly. The porticos, the door knobs, the people, the PORTICOS! Everywhere you turn, porticos, porticos and more porticos all completely different. We pretty much walked all over the historic center checking out the sites
Lunch was a good one at Sale Grosso, a newish popular seafood joint. We try to make it to at least one seafood meal on every trip to Italy even in cities not particularly known for seafood. Dinner was even better at Slow Food pick Osteria Bottega where we finally got solid tasting of the local cuisine.
Day 10 – Bologna
Started the day with a church and a special prayer for no earthquakes for the next 2 hours. I dont ask for much. We then climbed the the tower, Bologna’s symbol for magnificent views of the city. Explored a bit more and settled for another long lunch at Via Serra outside of the center. Our best meal in Bologna. After that we just walked around, did some last minute food shopping in the area where Eataly is located and said goodbye. Zero complaints about our B&B Antica Residenza d’Azeglio
Day 11 – Fly home
Day 12 – Denial and Isolation
Day 13-15 – Depression
Day 16 – Calling in sick, feeding pigeons in the park
Loved to see your photos after reading about your trip on CH. Food (momentarily) aside, glad to see that you made it to Santa Maria della Vita in Bologna–amazing! Also one of my favorite places, Orta San Giulio, and of course the Langhe. Sounded like a fabulous trip with truly wonderful food. I’m sitting down to a bowl of ribollita (had the day off work today, so plenty of time to cook) while I plan my next Italy venture. This one will be tricky, since I will have two kids in college by fall.