My accommodations in Bologna are at another convent/monastery but this one is a little different, as it is actually a dorm of a college, San Tommaso. It is much nicer than the convent accommodations I had in Rome, and the curfew here is 1am.
I set off to explore the city and found Piazza Maggiore which seemed to be the center of activity. There are a lot of students here and young people, as Bologna has the oldest university in the world, dating back to 1088, and today there are over 100,000 students.
Bologna seems easier to get around than some cities like Rome, as the streets appear to be laid out in a more organized fashion. The other thing that is cool here are all the porticos over all the sidewalks. I probably never will need an umbrella because so many walkways are covered. Some of them are actually works of art themselves with frescoes on the ceilings. The architecture is amazing and it seems around every corner there is another palazzo.
I had dinner at an outdoor ristorante on via Clavature, and naturally, everything was delicious. As usual, I was asked for directions a few times, and on the way home, I actually could give them. I had taken some cryptic notes for myself, so I could find my way back, and I actually knew where I was, I must look like I belong here, because the reaction when I say “non solo Italiano” is one of surprise.
Tomorrow I am thinking of taking the train to Ferrara. Vediamo.