Welcome to my final entry for this trip.
It was lovely to be back in Italy especially after the disappointment of Malta. Bologna is a very interesting city. Over 43 kilometres of porticos. Terrific food. Old interesting buildings. Good food markets. Surprisingly they are famous for mortadella as well as bolognese . Although weather forecast was for rain and cold the whole time it was sunny and warm - short sleeves the go. My apartment was terrific with everything one could wish for and very convenient to everything.
Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, at the heart of a metropolitan area of about one million people.
Of Etruscan origin, the city has been a major urban centre for centuries, first under the Etruscans, then under the Romans (Bononia), then again in the Middle Ages, as a free municipality and signoria, when it was among the largest European cities by population. Famous for its towers, churches and lengthy porticoes, Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre, thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy which began at the end of the 1970s.Home to the oldest university in the world,the University of Bologna, established in AD 1088, the city has a large student population that gives it a cosmopolitan character. In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture and in 2006, a UNESCO "city of music".
Bologna is an important agricultural, industrial, financial and transport hub, where many large mechanical, electronic and food companies have their headquarters as well as one of the largest permanent trade fairs in Europe. Bologna is also one of the wealthiest cities in Italy.
Bologna suffered extensive damage during World War II. The strategic importance of the city as an industrial and railway hub connecting northern and central Italy made it a strategic target for the Allied forces. On 24 July 1943, a massive aerial bombardment destroyed a significant part of the historic city centre and killed about 200 people. The main railway station and adjoining areas were severely hit, and 44% of the buildings in the centre were listed as having been destroyed or severely damaged. The city was heavily bombed again on 25 September. The raids, which this time were not confined to the city centre, left more than 1,000 people dead and thousands injured.
The train trip from Bologna to Rome was very scenic - rolling hills, mountains, agriculture, hilltop towns. Very green
Spent the last night in a lovely B&B near the airport in Rome in preparation for an 8:20am flight to Doha, a 5 1/2 hour stopover in the business lounge before heading for arrival in Sydney about 5:30pm.
It’s been a good trip especially Italy and Jordan.
Looking forward to catching up with you and thanks to those who replied. It’s always nice to hear news from home.. and not about Barnaby’s new baby! Or is it someone else’s?