Citytrip Bologna, Italy
May 2019

May 28, 2019

Bologna, Italy it will be. I am referring to this citytrip or holiday. According to the historians Bologna is of Etruscan origin. The Etruscans were people whose brilliant and mysterious civilization dominated northwestern Italy for centuries, until the rise of the Roman republic in 510 B.C..

It then came under Roman rule (Bononia) and in the Middle Ages it was a free municipality. Bologna is situated on the South edge of the Po Plain, at the foot of the Apennine Mountains, in between the Reno and the Savena rivers. It is also the home of Europe´s oldest university which was founded in 1088, the University of Bologna.

Flying to Bologna, we land at the Guglielmo Marconi International Airport, the seventh busiest Italian airport for passenger. The airport is connected to the city by means of the railway and bus lines. Bologna Central railway station is one of Italy´s most important train hubs thanks to the city´s strategic location as a crossroad between north-south and east-west routes.

Since you have to either take the bus or the train from the airport to the city, we opted for a hotel located within walking distance from the Bologna Central railway station.

Day 1
Tuesday, May 28th

Today we begin our citytrip to Bologna in Italy. Unlike most city-trips we have undertaken, this time we fly at eleven twenty and not so very early in the morning. After being dropped of at the airport in Amsterdam we make our way to the registration desk......


Day 2
Wednesday, May 29th

Another day, new opportunities! The room we booked goes with breakfast. Our first stop for today is the dining area. There are fresh rolls, sliced bread, croissants, cheese, meats, coffee and tea, scrambled egg, breakfast cereals, yoghurt and fruits. There, plenty of choice......


Day 3
Thursday, May 30th

Today we are visiting Parma, one of the larger city′s nearby. Parma is located in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna which is famous for its Parmesan Cheese and Prosciutto (Parma ham). It is the home of the University of Parma, one of the oldest universities......


Day 4
Friday, May 31th

Today is mountains day. We are going into the Apennine Mountains to visit San Marino. San Marino is a dwarf state enclosed by the landmass of Italy, much like Vatican City. Having finished breakfast we fetch our things and we are off to the train station. We are looking for the train to Rimini......


Day 5
Saturday, June 1th

Today is another day of train travelling. Fortunately public transport is excellent in Italy. We have used if before and frequently. Our objective for today is Ferrara. Unlike the other larger cities in the province of Emilia Romagna Ferrara is not located parallel to the Apennine Mountains......


Day 6
Sunday, June 2th

Today we will be visiting Modena, another one of the larger cities near Bolonga. It is known for its automotive industry. The factories of the famous and prestige′s Italian sports car makers Ferrari, De Tomaso, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati are, or were, located here. One of Ferrari′s cars......


Day 7
Monday, June 3th

Today Ravenna is on the menu! Ravenna also is much like an open air museum. But then so are most of these Old Italian cities. The word is out: OLD! I did some searching regarding Ravenna and learned that the origin of Ravenna is a bit uncertain. The first settlement is probably founded by the the Thessalians......


Day 8
Tuesday, June 4th

Today we return home again. After breakfast we pack our things, making sure nothing is left behind. We go to the front desk in order to checkout. We then walk to the train station where the Aerobus has a platform right in front of it. We fly early, at around half past one so we will have a coffee at......


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