When we arrived in Florence
and headed to our hostel we had a few issues, so we changed our plans and
decided to stay the extra night in Pisa instead. We spent the day in Florence,
while our bags were stored at the train station.
We looked at the map and
saw that there was not much to see/do in Florence, so while we had a buffet
lunch, we looked up some nice gelato places to taste the best gelato in
Florence. What better to do than a gelato taste test fest!!
Bologna is a quirky
city, and its one of my favourite Italian destinations. There’s something for everybody – motoring
enthusiasts can head to the home of Ducati, Ferrari and Lamborghini; foodies
can duck into any one of the local cafés, restaurants or bistros; and students
(or budget travellers like us) can find numerous cheap eats and amazing coffee
at ridiculously low prices. Believe me
or not, but the best part of Bologna
is that although there are museums, you get a real sense of history just from
After arriving at Bologna’s
main train station, we jumped on a number 25 bus and headed to our Air BnB
accommodation, staying with Eli S
and his Spanish girlfriend, which was luckily in a very central location (with
respect to the cheap eats and coffee bars).
A quick introduction and a new map, with a new planned itinerary and we
were off out into the city once again.
itinerary for Bologna
We were given some
recommendations by our host, Eli, but decided to be adventurous, choosing a
coffee shop at random. As luck may have
it, we struck gold. There was a plethora
of cakes and local fancies to soften even the hardiest sweet-tooth, and there
was a small queue. Locals were standing
at the bar, ordering their “fix” of coffee and drinking it. The place smelt amazing, a balanced roasted
coffee aroma coupled with the delicate and pleasing perfume of delicately sweet
pastries. To start our day we ordered a
couple of savoury pastries (a spinach one and a mushroom one) and the
coffees. The coffees we ordered were one
large Café Ginseng and a Macchiato.