In April when the weather changed and got warmer I decided Zoe and I were going to start taking some trips. Go away for 3 or 4 days to places I hadn’t been for a while and new discoveries.  First trip Bologna.  John and I were there for a few days many years ago but I felt I really didn’t know it.  We used it as a base to go to Parma and Modena. This time I was going to devote strictly to Bologna.

I found an apartment on and it ended up to be perfect. It was in the center but down two quiet streets.The place is called Casa dei Poeti-Rubino and the owner, Salvadore Morelli could not have been nicer. I got there at lunch time and he actually walked me to a place and introduced me to the owner.

Beautiful well lite lobby with a lift.

We were very comfortable here and I would definitely go back.

I found the city to be very clean and cosmopolitan. I love the colors of the buildings. We were staying in the Piazza Minghetti neighborhood , I did not find it to be touristy it was more local.

Bologna is the first Italian city and the 47th European city in terms of  its economic growth rate. It is also one of the wealthiest cities in Italy, often ranking as one of the top cities in terms of quality of life.  

He cityscape is enhanced by its elegant and extensive porticoes, for which the city is famous. In total, there are 38 kilometers (24 miles) in the city’s historical center.

First night for dinner I went to a place I had read about, CESARI. It has a 50 year tradition of serving some of the best Tortellini in Brodo.  I always eat what the place is known for the first couple of nights.The place was packed but I had a reservation and the owner had saved me a great table in the corner that overlooked the entire restaurant. He treated Zoe and I very special.  You never know what to expect when your by yourself and bring your dog but here in Italy I have had great experiences.

Tortellini in Brodo consists of small handmade dumplings served with a rich meaty broth.  It was excellent.

A nice walk home on well lite streets and beautiful shop windows  I felt totally safe.

The stores in Bologna are fabulous. It is a place I might come for a day just to shop.  It’s  only an hour by train from Firenze.


The next day we went out with no agenda just wanted to walk and see the city.


This was a gorgeous store with such interesting displays and as you can see the building made a wonderful back drop.



I think this is pure perfection.

This was the nicest home decor/designer showroom I found  


When John and I were here we stayed across from a wonderful enoteca that had an incredible selection of Italian wine from all regions.  He loved this place and I really wanted to find it but had no idea of where it was or the name.  Well I walked right to it as if I had been led.

I was planning a trip in a couple weeks to see my friends in Milano. I decided to pick out some interesting wines and ship to them for my visit. This is something John would have done and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

It seems like the entire city is painted in these yummy earth tones.


At the end of a little street I found this beautiful church. Basilica di Santa Martino Maggiore. They were just about to close the doors to go to lunch  but they let me come in for a quick minute.


This was built 1217. There are works of art from many important artist. 

For dinner I decided to return to the place I had my lunch when I first arrived. They were so nice to me that I wanted to show my appreciation. TRATTORIA GIANNI was a great choice. When I walked in the owner, waitress and waiter all said hi Sally and Zoe.  I almost cried.  I owe it all to Zoe’s charm. 


The second dish that Bologna is know for is tagliatelle with bolognese sauce. Oh yes very good. 

This trip has turned out to be mostly store windows and churches. I never know what direction things are going to go..Traveling with Zoe I only go where she can go and many of the museums don’t allow dogs. I’m not going to leave her in the room so we go where we can.  Churches (most the time) are open game.

This is San Paolo Maggiore built between 1606 and 1611. 




My last night I went to this classisc Bologna restaurant also recommended by Salvadore, Osteria de Poeti.

The cave like restaurant was built in 1400.

This was a very nice ravioli stuffed with cheese and sage  

Perfectly grilled vegetables .

It’s very important to find the best place for Zoe when I dine and we found it here.