After a long night on the train we arrived in Bologna in the morning.
Hello railway station number 5!
First of all: So many people! And why are they all running? It might have to do with it being the time when people are going to work and school. But still, after the relaxed off-season groove of small towns and villages by the sea in Puglia, I had to get used to city speed and crowds.
Getting out of the train station and immediately spotting old monuments is a good sign though.
We had about 3.5 hours to kill until check-in to our apartment. So we went window shopping on our way there.
So we went there, to just quickly get out of the clothes we had been sleeping in on the train and put on something fresh to walk around town.
One of many city gates.
On the way Olivier had his own culture shock: no more gelaterias on every 3rd street corner! You are lucky to find one every half an hour's walk.
Then all we needed was a visit to a good trattoria, full of locals who all seemed to be regular guests there. Always a good sign. Instead of gelaterias, a frequents sight here are shops that sell fresh pasta. Of course that's what I ordered for my dinner, tortellini filled with ricotta.