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Florence, Bologna & Siena

MA & Em selfie in Florence

Florence, Bologna & Siena…Oh My!

Emily & MA in Florence, Italy

“You try to come up with new ideas, but in the end, people just want to eat Italian food.”

– Stephen Starr

Hah! Kinda true 🙂

I am all over the map with these travel blogs!

The epic European adventure Em & I had last fall is starting to seem like a distant memory…but I must admit, I am thoroughly enjoying continuing to chip away at posting these travel blogs because it gives me the chance to go through all our fab photos again!

After Em and I left Rome, we took the train to the beautiful city of Florence.

WOW!! Oh, the ART! The architecture!

We stayed at a fantastic VRBO in Florence, so if you are looking for a great place to stay, let me know & I’ll send you the link.

Here are just a few snaps of Florence:

Just a corner of the incredibly beautiful Florence Cathedral


The Arno river in Florence


“David” by Michelangelo…took our breath away!


MA learning all about the “Birth of Venus” by Botticelli

From Florence, we took a daytrip to Bologna:

One of the many “porticoes” (covered walkways) Bologna is famous for


Another portico in Bologna

And, of course, what Bologna is really famous for is the FOOD!

Bologna is widely considered to be the culinary capital of Italy, if not the world. Em & I only had half a day in Bologna (wah!) but we made VERY good use of our short time there…and managed to eat two plates of pasta each 🙂

Tortellini in particular is a cherished dish Bologna is known for serving up beautifully...and let me tell you, I couldn't agree more! Click To Tweet
Tortellini & a beer in Bologna…Heaven!

From Florence, we also took a day trip to the medieval city of Siena: 

Piazza del Campo, where the famous “Palio” horse race takes place twice a year (How?! Where?!)


The stunning Siena cathedral


Love this shot of rooftops in Siena

Here is a great article by Rick Steves about the history of Siena…and why it feels like an architectural time warp when visiting.

Siena is a place I will definitely go back to and spend more time!

That’s it for this week…thanks for reading & take care 🙂

“Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.”

— Fanny Burney

Maryanne Pope is the author of “A Widow’s Awakening.” She also writes screenplays, playscripts and blogs. She is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and a co-founder of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. To receive Maryanne’s blog, “Weekly Words of Wisdom,” please subscribe here.



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