Jean Urry's blog: the experience of studying in Bologna told a South African schoolgirl/Her experience at our Italian School in Bologna

  • A new arrival/qualcuno arriva

    Yesterday I didn’t do much, as I had to prepare to change rooms, but I did go back to see the beautiful St Paul’s church, a gem – small and covered in frescoes. The artist was a master of perspective. Guess who I found at San Tommaso at around 12.00 this morning…. See photo! We walked around the city, had some pizza at the Sala Borsa restaurant and then trekked up the hill to see the view from San Michele in Bosco. Martin also thinks the city is beautiful. He has just passed out – not yet Bologna fit and suffering from jetlag … More tomorrow when we get going …..

    Today I didn't do much because I had to prepare to change rooms, but I came to see the beautiful church of SanPaolo, a treasure, small and full of frescoes – the artist was a master of perspective. You have to guess what I found at noon in St. Thomas ... See the photos! We strolled about the town, ate a piece of pizza to the Bag Room – Martin thinks that Bologna is beautiful! Then we did some hiking – wanted to see the view from San Michele in bosco – sleep now – it's Bologna and jetlag sofre fit .... See you tomorrow ...

  • Out with friends/friends out

    Last night Martin met my friends from Dante Alighieri Bologna – Lucia Gaudenzi, Angela, Bridget, Nat, Emm, Ringo and Phing. Good luck to the guys – they write their exam soon. I will miss you all.

    Martin knew last night for the first time my friends from Dante Alighieri Bologna – Lucia Gaudenzi, Angela, Bridget, Nat, Emm, Ringo and Phing. Good luck guys – write the exam on Friday! Feel your absence!

  • Mosaics-Mosaics

    Today we took the train to Ravenna, and beautiful Italy delivered yet again … we saw the most wonderful mosaics. Ravenna is not far from Bologna – about an hour and a half on the regional train, and is a world heritage site. Have a look at the photos … Dante Alighieri (1265 – 1321) is buried here. Our school is named after him. He wrote The Divine Comedy in the dialect of Florence, and the modern Italian language is based on the Italian he used… It was very special for me to be photographed here!

    Today we went by train to Ravenna and saw the beautiful mosaics. The city is perhaps an hour and a half by train from Bologna and is a world heritage site – see photos! Dante Alighieri is buried here, and our school is named in memory of him. He wrote the Divine Comedy in the dialect of Florence, and the modern language of Italy is Italian-based using ... It was very important for me to have made a picture here!

  • Driving ../abbiamo driving in Italy.

    Yesterday we hired a car from the airport – a Fiat 500 – so cute – I wanted a Ferrari, but Martin wouldn’t hear of it, and we drove to the sea – Lido degli Scacchi. We do not understand the toll system here, very confusing. We, however, arrived safely and met up with Reanda and Edera. We had a wonderful lunch together and then explored beautiful Colmacchio and Lido Garibaldi. Sadly, we then had to return home – dropped the car at the airport, then took the bus into Bologna … Stopped for a beer. Thank you for a wonderful day! Today we are going to Castiglione dei Pepoli, outside of Bologna. Talk tomorrow … Love Jean ps the statue – Garibaldi and his wife Anita hiding from the austrians in 1849 – google and read more

    Yesterday, we rented a car at the airport – a Fiat 500 – so cute, I wanted a Ferrari, but Ben didn't want to. We drove to the sea – Lido degli Scacchi. We did not understand well the tolls, but arrived safely and met Neven and Ivy. After a wonderful lunch together we explored Comacchio and Lido Garibaldi – both are beautiful. Unfortunately, we had to return to Bologna. We left our car at the airport, then took the bus to the Centre. Later, I got a beer. Thank you so much – a wonderful day. Today we are going to Castiglione dei Pepoli. Jean with affection the statue – PS Garibaldi and his wife Anita hid by the Austrians in 1849 – googelate!


  • Castiglione dei Pepoli

    Today we went to Castiglione dei Pepoli with Mauro – it is so beautiful. 401 South Africans who died during the 2nd World War are buried in the cemetery here – if I were to choose a place to rest, I would choose this place. There is also a wonderful museum nearby specially about the South Africans and put together by Mauro and his friends. We had dinner at a charming country restaurant called Antica Hostaria della Rocca di Badolo – the food in Emilia Romagna is excellent – thank you Mauro for everything – much appreciated.

    Today we went to Castiglione dei Pepoli with Mauro – it is very nice. 401 South Africans are buried in the cemetery – died during World War II. If I had to pick a place to rest, then I would choose this place. There is also a Museum near the cemetery – the work of Mauro and his friends. We ate at a restaurant in the countryside – Antica Hostaria of B – the food of Emilia Romagna is yummy. Thanks Mauro for everything that you did for us – much appreciated!


  • Modena and Bologna and Bologna/Modena

    On Sunday we went to Modena. James asked for some balsamic vinegar and so we decided to get him the real thing. The city is beautiful and there is a beautiful church in the square – it is a world heritage site. We climbed the tower – Ghirlandina. We also had a look at the Ferrari museum and thought of Alistair and Judy. This morning, I climbed Bologna’s tower for the second time with Martin. It is high!!! We have been resting this afternoon and are off to Florence tomorrow for 2 days. We have just heard that Beppe and Vera will be here on Thursday and Friday, and Rosie and her family arrive on Saturday. I can’t wait to see them all. I really love this city full of porticoes!

    Sunday afternoon we went to Modena. James wanted the balsamic vinegar and wanted to buy the real thing. The city is beautiful and there's a beautiful Cathedral in the square – a world heritage site. We climbed the Ghirlandina Tower and we even saw the Ferrari Museum and I thought about Alistair and Judy. This morning I climbed the Tower in Bologna for the second time with Martin ... Mamma mia. We took a NAP this afternoon. We will go to Florence tomorrow and Wednesday and we just heard that Beppe and Vera are Thursday and Friday. Rosie and her family arrive Saturday. I can't wait to see them again! I love this city and its arcades.