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Bologna, Italy- Ducatiboneman
May 5, 2003 12:31 AM
Just got back from four days in Bologna. Beautiful weather, mid to upper 70's, a great change from London. Food and drink were superb. A fair number of road bikies cruising around. Ferrari in Maranello is close by and Lamborghini, and Ducati are in Bologna. A nice compact city that isn't over run by tourists.

Interesting to see this bike, Ducati branded, but made by Bianchi. I see the hole in the carbon chainstay is catching on like bad fashion. Wheels are by FIR and the crank is a Bianchi branded product.
Bologna, Italy- Nice Climbboneman
May 5, 2003 12:37 AM
Bologna is a city of porticoed walks. In fact you can walk from the Pianna Maggiore in the center of town to the Santuario di San Luca, about 2.6 miles up in the hills, completely under cover. We walked it early in the morning. The road that runs alongside was rather steep, 39/26 for the fit. My only comment to my wife was bring the triple. This is a scan of a post card which gives you an idea of the architecture. FWIW, it flattens out at the top which is what the scan shows.
Bologna, Italy- Road view & BFC groundsboneman
May 5, 2003 12:48 AM
This is where the climb begins at the Porta Saragozza. Again, not the steep part. Some guy went screaming by us on the descent and the only thing I caught was that he had Campy Delta brakes! Well, despite the pundits, they must work.
Bologna, Italy- Lancia's on paradeboneman
May 5, 2003 12:52 AM
On Saturday, after going up to the Santuario di San Luca, we settled down for a couple of beers in the Piazza Maggiore. They were having car show of vintage Lancia's. Here's one I've not seen before. Anybody know this model?
Bologna, Italy- Lancia's on parademapei boy
May 5, 2003 11:03 AM
I'm probably wrong, but is it a Bat? Or did Alfa make the Bat? I spent some time in Bologna about five years ago. Kind of a weird place. Gothic and spooky. I ate whole, deep-fried frogs. I kept on thinking the Torre Pendente was going to fall on me. The parking attendant at the garage looked like Eddie Vedder. And they gotta finish that damn cathedral!
Alfa made the BATboneman
May 6, 2003 2:39 AM
Good commentary and spot on about the Torre and cathedral. Hey, they definitely went big. Just ran out of funds.
I sat right on the stoop in ......Live Steam
May 6, 2003 4:44 AM
doorway over the red car one night and shared a few bottles of wine with a friend and some local Bolognaise. An orchestra was giving a free concert under the stars. What a great evening. I will always have fond memories of it.

The covered walks of Bologna make it a very special city. There is a real medieval sense about it. I guess you know all about the three "T"s of Bologna :O)

We had to sleep in the train station the evening of the concert. We missed the last train back to the small town of Lugo di Romania - the town we were staying in to complete our studies. So we sat out in front of the station, across from the part where all of the local hookers strut their wares :O) That was quite an interesting experience. They looked like some of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. There was a line of cars ten deep at all times. Nice cars too like Porsche and Ferrari an Maserati. The woman would walk over to the car and negotiations would commence. After a short period, she would either get in or the guy would drive off alone. While we were hanging around one of the local gentry came over to us and revealed that half of those beautiful women were actually men in drag :O) That was quite a shock and somewhat disappointing ;O) After that we spent the next couple of hours trying to figure out who was what :O)

I haven't been back to Bologna since, but it is certainly on my list of places to visit again. Actually I hope to get back there next year and do some cycling.
Wow!!! - nmconfig
May 5, 2003 6:27 AM
Great pics!SpecialTater
May 5, 2003 7:35 AM
Thank you very much. My wife and I are flying in to Bologna for a car tour of N Italy at the end of the month. We are still working out the itinerary. Any tips?

Interested in food, cycling and seeing the sights. I can't do much riding, but I'm hoping to rent for at least 2 days. Any tips there?

Thanks again!
Go to Elba!shamelessgearwhore
May 5, 2003 9:27 AM
Just got back from a week and a half in Italy. Venice and Florence are expensive but you have to see them. Went to the island of Elba for 4 days and LOVED it! If you had a road bike you could do some wonderful scenic hilly rides with great views of the Mediterranean all around! It's not a big island. We stayed in Marciana Marina which was really beautiful. The western side of the island is the prettiest. I REALLY wished I had my road bike. You can rent passable mountain bikes or just rent a car. When you get there have the official tourist center hook you up with a private apartment rental for less than $50 Euro a night.
Some thoughtsboneman
May 6, 2003 2:37 AM
Bologna claims to be the eating capital of Italy. That's saying some but I'm inclined to agree. It's also one of the few major cities in Italy where there are a fair amount of cyclists, commuters and serious riders, riding around.

Northern Italy? My wife and I primarily visit cities in Europe, usually for 4-5 days. I can give you my thoughts on Milano (including the Lakes), Firenze, Venezia and Bologna in the North. Also Roma and Napoli but that's heading down towards the South.

Women love Firenze (it's over run by tourists but for good reasons as it is packed with sights to see) and Venezia (also over run by tourists and expensive, a city which used to be the Southern gateway to Europe no reduced to having no purpose other than tourism).

Personally, Milano and Bologna are my favorites but for different reasons. Email me at and I can give you some details on these various areas.
Boneman and SpecialTaterLive Steam
May 6, 2003 5:20 AM
Boneman I am curious about Milan. Why Milan? It is rather industrial don't you think? Kind of like New York.

SpecialTater this is for you - Florence and Venice on the other hand are jewels. They are tourist attractions, but for good reason. They are brimming with what Italy is famous for - art and architecture. Just stay away from the tourist traps - read shopping areas. However the Rialto Bridge and Ponte Vecchio must be visited and these are the two main shopping districts in each city.

Venice must be experienced at night - late at night - after all of the tourists are in bed - around 3AM. I did this on two occasions. I walked to the Rialto Bridge alone one night. Wow talk about stepping back in time. It could have been the 1600s. No water traffic and not a single soul out and about. Venice is pretty much as it was 400 years ago - especially along the Grand Canal where special permits are required to just apply paint to a structure let alone make any physical repairs to it.

I better cut this short - this is the General Cycling Forum ya' know :O) If you are going to be in the north you will more than likely head to the lake region. Get to Lago di Garda. You will not regret it. Have a great trip and get back safe.
As a NYC nativeboneman
May 7, 2003 7:36 AM
I for one would not equate NYC to Milano. For industrial, Torino would be the place. I don't Milan find industrial and the level cultural sophistication is excellent. As a side bar, best city in Europe, east and west, for good looking women. Budapest coming in second in that category but I'm long married so what do I know? The financial center of Northern Italy. In the past few years, the most productive, by any measure, in the EU with lots of cottage industries, as normally found in Italy and to a lesser extent Germany. Live in NYC or Milano, it's Milano by a mile.
As a NYC native - same here for 43 years!Live Steam
May 8, 2003 8:34 AM
I guess industrial was not the word - maybe cosmopolitan would have been better. It is certainly a great city for experiencing the Euro scene, but I guess I was looking at it from an historical/sightseeing perspective. Milan is certainly the epicenter of haute couture. Since we are on the subject, the women in Bologna were also very attractive. I can't argue with Milan vs NYC. As a matter of fact I could live in Italy very easily. I love the culture and the slower pace. The weather, the food and the scenery make it almost perfect. Ah, maybe in another life :O)