Porticoes at night, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net

Bologna

Bologna is beautiful.

It is such a colour coordinated city, (so I was a big fan!) everything is red, orange and yellow. Being there in autumn made it even more beautiful I think! The colours were just gorgeous.

Colour coordinated Italian houses, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
It all matches!!

We didn’t have the best start to our stay in Bologna, almost missing our train (we were actually running through the entrance of the train station in Milan at the time it was meant to be departing…somehow we managed to catch it!) we got incredibly lost trying to get to our accommodation and it was our first time using Air B&B and it was not the best experience….so I think we were both surprised by how much we ended up enjoying Bologna.

At the top of the tower, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
We really enjoyed exploring Bologna!

Bologna is well known for its porticoes (covered archways.) There is about 40 kilometres of them across the city and they were primarily built so that the houses on top could be larger! They are so useful though providing all sorts of protection from the weather and are so pretty!

Eilis exploring the porticoes, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
Exploring the pretty porticoes!
Porticoes, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
So many porticoes!

The longest portico in the world is in Bologna, stretching from the city for 4km uphill to the San Luca Church. This was built to protect the Madonna and Child painting on its pilgrimage to the Bologna Cathedral every ascension week. It is a lovely walk and the church at the top is beautiful!

Meloncello Arch, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
The Meloncello Arch begins the longest portico walk.
Longest portico, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
Such a long portico!
Walking to San Luca, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
The walk to San Luca
San Luca church, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
San Luca church is stunning.

Bologna also has many towers that remain from the medieval times. Two of them are iconic for Bologna. The Garisenda Tower is the smaller of the two and leans even more than the tower in Pisa! You can climb theĀ Asinelli Tower, (so of course we did!) and you have the most spectacular views over the red city!

Leaning towers, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
The leaning towers of Bologna
Scott, tower, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
He always makes us climb to the top of everything!
Wonky stairs, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
Even when the stairs look all wonky like this!
View over the red city, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
But the view is always worth it!

Bologna is a university town so it has a very cool atmosphere filled with students. We had lots of fun wandering around trying apertifs (drinks before dinner when they feed you snacks as well!) and amazing food!

Towers at night, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
It’s even beautiful at night!
Vespa, Bologna, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net
Even the vespas match the colour of the city!

As always we would love to hear from you and you can always see what we get up to each day on our Instagram!

Meloncello Arch, The Two Drifters, www.thetwodrifters.net

One thought on “Bologna

  1. Hey Eilis and Scott this has been a fantastic guide for us to follow while we are in Bologna. Your photos are amazing and the blog is just great.

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