Looking back at Bologna I have a story to tell that’s small but beautiful. One of the owners of Hotel Touring – Manuela, who I met at World Travel Market in London last year – had just finished showing me around some gorgeous new rooms in the hotel, I decided to head up to the roof terrace again to take some photos, while my travelling companion A had a much needed nap. I’ve been a teacher too, teachers at the end of term need lots of red wine, and sleep.
We’d had a lovely red wine and snacks moment on the roof terrace the day before, look at us catching rays, in December! Italy gets very hot in Summer, so Spring, Autumn and Winter are great times for sightseeing.
I was expecting to have the place to myself, but the man who had politely asked Manuela if he could visit the roof terrace while we were in reception, was still sat having a beer and taking in the views. He offered me a beer and we soon got chatting. He was from London and spending a few days exploring before Christmas.
We were also joined by a couple, she was Chinese and he was Italian, who had also heard about this amazing terrace on the internet. I do love the way the internet can bring people together. I’ve never travelled at this time before, it’s a magic time to travel, I loved watching the joy of Christmas unfold in another city, it’s relaxing, like being suspended in time being an observer, but I also felt so part of the city, people are spectacularly open and welcoming at this time of year.
But it’s the roof terrace that’s most incredible, and magical, and it was lovely to share it with others for a while.
It’s been so long since I travelled without my family – although funnily enough we have been to Bologna as a family before and it is great for families too – and I’d forgotten the joy of comparing notes with fellow travellers, sharing tips and experiences – and what a place to reflect! If you ever visit Bologna – and you must – Hotel Touring is the place to stay. There is even a hot tub on the terrace, although sadly Italians don’t do hot tubs in Winter, only mad dogs and Englishmen. The views are incredible.
To one side you have the city, bursting with incredible architecture. Bologna is a medieval city and the towers, built by wealthy families as status symbols are mind boggling. Torre azzo Guide and Torre Prediparte to the left, Cupola Santa Maria della Vita and the Two Towers to the right.
Campanile San Petronio is the largest structure below, the green topped dome is Torre e Orologio.
San Domenico, against a bright blue winter sky…
To the other side your view is hills and countryside, a distant church silhouetted against the sky.
We all said our goodbyes, and there was time for a cheeky selfie, of course…
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We were guests of Hotel Touring, mention Penny Alexander Blog for a 15% discount.
See more next week, when it’s all about the food, and get an itinerary of the whole trip, or see Bologna at Christmas, over on Space in Your Case.