I have been bewitched by Bologna and her porticoes, the porticoes and the light together. What a sight!! The weather here is beautiful, and so I headed off early this morning and climbed one of the towers. The view from the top is spectacular. I then went to Welcome Bologna, and they were very helpful. I came away with lots of literature. I visited The basilica of Santo Petronio in the Piazza Maggiore – it is enormous and was built to house the whole population of the city at the time. There are works here by Jacopo della Quercia that inspired Michaelangelo when he was painting the Sistine Chapel. Lunch was very good, at a little restaurant on the Piazza Santo Stefano. This is one of my favourite places so far – it is so old and has the most beautiful basilica, in fact, 7 churches together. The shopping is something else – beware Martin! It is so difficult to resist … Arrivederci ….

I was enchanted by Bologna and its porticos, porches and their light. How wonderful! The weather here is beautiful, and so I started my day early and I got on one of the towers. The view from the top was wonderful. Then I went to Welcome Bologna, and helped me a lot. I have many brochures to read. I saw the basilica of San Petronio in Piazza Maggiore – it is huge and was built to hold the entire population of the time. Is there a masterpiece by Jacopo della Quercia – he inspired Michelangelo when he painted the Sistine Chapel. The lunch was delicious at a restaurant on St. Stephen Square, so far, one of my favorite places – the place is so old and has a beautiful basilica, in fact 7 churches together. Shopping, what else can I say, it is wonderful – I am sorry, but I have Neven use this word – Martin, and attention is hard for me to resist!