|Grass and Hay Stacks of Pasta|
I had arrived in Bologna at 1:30 in the afternoon for a pasta making course with the Taste of Italy cooking company (taste-of-italy.blogspot.it). I could not have asked for a better teacher than Alex for the cooking lesson; she knew how to adjust the lesson to my skill level and kept me entertained with stories throughout. She also went above and beyond her duty by walking me to the Hotel Panorama where I was staying in Bologna and helping me check-in, giving me a brief tour of Bologna at night along the way. I would highly recommend Taste of Italy to anyone interested in learning to cook authentic fresh Italian pasta.
|Statue of Neptune in Piazza Maggiore|
|Torre degli Asinelli|
The Torre degli Asinelli is one of the most well-known sites in Bologna and Bologna's tallest tower. Despite my fear of heights I was determined to reach the top. Upon entering the tower I realized that the 500 steps were narrow, wooden steps with gaps between each step and that throughout the journey up I would be able to see almost all the way down immediately to my right. After contemplating this for a few minutes, I realized that I would be unable to reach the top. As disappointed as I was in myself for not completing the trip up, I realized it is important to know what your limits are. Instead I climbed the scaffold of the Basilica di San Petronio and was able to get a somewhat lower but still beautiful panoramic view of the city, and from there also got a bird's eye view of the band Rumba de Bodas playing.
Before lunch I visited the church of San Domenico where some of Michelangelo's works are held. Unfortunately I was unable to locate his sculptures in the church until after that portion of the church was closed. However I managed to get pictures of that part of the church without even realizing that is where they were! (I think they need to add a better sign!). For lunch I went to the Trattoria Anna Maria for a delicious small lunch of tortellini with butter and sage sauce where I meant to finish my trip to Bologna. However I stayed awhile longer wandering around the city, seeing the park and some of the non-touristy sites, so I did not arrive back into Pesaro until 10:30pm last night where my adventures continued. To be described at a later date!