Money has been the deciding factor in a lot of choices we’ve made on the trip. It has been the biggest influence on deciding where we go next. After Rome, we weren’t sure what our next stop would be. Ben had his eyes on Modena, because it was the home to a tour of several “super car” factories and museums, including Pagani, Lamborghini and Ferrari. The tour website suggested staying in Bologna, so we started investigating that as a destination.
It was a great atmosphere and made for a very enjoyable time, enhanced by the fact that with their win, the Germans advanced to the knockout round as one of the eight teams moving on past the group stage. Having the football to follow really helped us feel part of the European community. And that’s one thing I love most about in sports: how it brings people together.
Despite being a bit sleep-deprived and sweaty, we managed to enjoy Bologna. The architecture is fabulous, dating back centuries. The reddish stone buildings of the main square take you back in time.
The Piazza Maggiore is dominated by a statue of Neptune, who happens to be naked and fairly well-endowed which has caused a touch of controversy over the years. Bologna is a very easy city to walk around in, and in some ways more enjoyable than Rome. There aren't as many iconic sights to take in, but it's more compact and has a less hectic air then Rome.
Bologna is also considered to be the food capitol of Italy, and we had some delicious meals there. We had possibly the best pasta we've ever tasted at a restaurant that someone on Facebook recommended to us. It was at a classic Italian restaurant with photos of Italian celebrities on the wall, documenting visits they had made to Trattoria Anna Maria over the years. And we had to sample Bolognese sauce while in Bologna and that did not disappoint.
The main reason we were in Bologna certainly didn't disappoint either. And you can read all it about it in Ben's blog about his super trip to see super cars.