[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The restaurant is some 15-minute walk from the hotel, the map showing the recommended route. At the end of the hotel’s street you’ll see one of the surviving medieval gates, with a hill behind it. Turn right here on via dell’Independezia and walk until you see a statue of Garibaldi. Alternatively (dotted route) you can walk up the stairs and walk through the park on top of the hill, which is a landscaped garden from 1662, built on top of the ruins of a former papal palace.
After the Garibaldi statue walk into a narrow street to see one of Bologna’s most iconic sights: a canal flowing between buildings that used to be mills in earlier times. One block away there’s a tiny window through a bridge for another glimpse, but there are usually queues (especially when the BP19 crowd descends on the city).
The continuously curving street after this (via Augosto Righi + via delle Moline) follows the line of the inner circle of medieval walls. Count on 30 minutes for the entire walk to include time for photos. Alternatively you can take bus 37 from near the hotel until stop ‘Irnerio’.
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”6280″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]If you leave the hotel as soon as the last session is over, you have time for a short walking tour of the old town. To save time, hop on a bus near the hotel (same spot as shown on the upper map). Bus 25 and 30 take you to the old town.
You can walk around Piazza Maggiore (main square). The best places for photos are the Neptune fountain and the basilica. South and east of the main square are several narrow streets and archways where it’s good to wander around aimlessly. In some side streets you can discover surviving medieval towers. Leave the double towers (due torri) for the end of your walk. From here’s it’s a 7-10 minute walk to the resaurant along the route marked in red, through the former medieval Jewish ghetto.
The whole area is excellent for shopping as well. South of the main square you can find high-end shops (Armani, Gucci, etc.), while north of the square, on via dell’ Indepenza it’s high-street fashion (Zara, H&M, etc.). There’s a good bookshop opposite the two towers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”6283″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]