Jess-July5.pngThis morning, I took the first train out to Bologna and met up with Kyle, Isa, Christy, Cathy, Joanna, and Anna right after breakfast. We met in the Piazza Maggiore (left) and went directly to the Basilica di San Petronio.

Jess-July5-2.pngThe church is beautiful! The floor is a giant sundial that tells you what day of the year it is based on where the sun hits the floor; so cool! It was originally set to be larger than St. Peter’s in Rome, but the Vatican took away the funds halfway through, so the building was never finished.

After the church, we went to the Archaeological museum. It was amazing! They have so many pieces and they are all on display. Where most museums would have things put in storage, they have everything out, and the shelves go nearly to the ceiling! A really wonderful museum!

We had the most amazing lunch … now I know why they call it “Bologna Grassa” or Fat Bologna! It was so, so, so yummy!

July5-climb.pngTo walk off our huge meal, we went to the Two Towers and climbed to the top of the tallest, 500 steps!

July5-view.pngWhen we finally made it to the top, it was worth the treacherous climb … we could see out over all of Bologna! It was absolutely beautiful!

Then we went to catch the train to Rimini! Kyle decided to come with us and celebrate La Notte Rosa with Matt, Mindy and me.