"Where are you off to next?" the Hilton receptionist asked, upon check-out.
"Ah, the city of arches!"
Now I understand.
Danielle and I only went to Bologna because it broke up the journey between Venice and Naples. We kind of wish we'd just stayed there and forgotten about Naples altogether. The name Bologna may conjure up images of spaghetti bolognaise, but the city is more than just a meaty pasta dish. It's yet another example of Italy on-form. The above arches are actually examples of porticoes, that is porch-like extensions from buildings, which when extended become colonnades. Effectively, they are like covered walkways, and they are everywhere in Bologna. What a good idea. They offer valuable shade, and I guess cover from the rain too. What I don't understand is why they are not more ubiquitous around the world. Scotland would benefit immensely from them. Everywhere would. Why has only Bologna thought of it?
On the other hand, I can see why only Bologna has thought of this.
Other than exploring the arches and the towers, our time in Bologna was spent in an Irish bar watching football and in our room and online watching football. There's a World Cup on you know! And the World Cup trumps World Wonders, and everything else. (note: Danielle may disagree on this point.)