8/22/08 - 8/23/08 75 °F
The final stop before our train, or I guess plane, heads back for New York. Now, one should know that the entire reason that we came to Bologna is for the simple fact that Bolognese is Erin's favorite sauce, and she needed to travel to its home and eat as much of it as humanly possible. Therefore, a lot of our time here was spent eating. After getting back into Italy (Ancona) from the ferry from Croatia, we hopped a train and headed up to the city which is in the North of Italy. It's a fairly small college town, that has the same vibe as a college town in the U.S., namely alternative/hippy/intellectual. Also, the entire city looks like it hasn't much changed since medieval days, which is pretty cool. There aren't many sights to see, with the exception of the Piazza Maggiore which is a giant plaza that always has somebody doing something crazy in it (we've seen a brass band and marionettes so far) and the Neptune Fountain that sits in the corner of the plaza.
Erin with the fountain
Other than that, we just relaxed and ate, a lot. Our first shot at eating the famous ragù sauce (aka bolognese) was at a small restaurant around the corner from our hotel. The pasta was real good, but the sauce just ok.
first try dishes.
We really hit the mark with our second try. It was amazing. After the restaurant we originally wanted to go to was closed (like almost everything else in Bologna currently is cause all the Italians are on vacation and apparently the city isn't really a tourism hotspot), as stumpled upon the restaurant of our dreams. The mozzarella in our caprese was watery like it should be, and the lasagne with ragù sauce rivaled both of our mother's lasgne, which is hard to do. And then we finished it off with some homemade gelato. Perfection.
And just before we left the city, we were graced with a somewhat amazing goodbye from an unknowing man.