BOLOGNA, Italy — We spent a day touring Bologna with an engaging guide, Micol Mazzeo, from Tours by Locals. Bologna is Italy’s 7th largest city and often overlooked by tourists more interested in Rome, Florence or Venice. The University of Bologna is the oldest university in Europe. Its school of anatomy was one of the first to perform autopsies and surgery.

The streets were teeming on a Saturday morning as a large fundraising event for Africa occurred in the central square. The osterias and bars were crowded midday. The food was delicious

Bologna in Bologna

Bologna in Bologna

And if you are wondering if there is bologna to be found in Bologna, wonder no more.

Following are scenes photographed by Andy Yemma with a Nikon D3400 SLR Digital camera Oct 13, 2918:

Sliced bologna, salami, prosciutto and other appetizers for lunch

Sliced bologna, salami, prosciutto and other appetizers for lunch

 

Bologna has several towers that lean - but are not as famous as the one in Pisa

Bologna has several towers that lean – but are not as famous as the one in Pisa

 

And some tourists try to push them over

And some tourists try to push them over

 

Raising money for food needed in Africa in Bologna's city centre

Raising money for food needed in Africa in Bologna’s city centre

 

The anatomical theater at the University of Bologna, where they performed about 4 dissections per year, in the winter months, on executed criminals. It was such a big deal that each dissection would last upward of 20 hours and be witnessed by about 200 students and faculty, The professors would comment while butchers and barbers did the cutting--all under the watchful eye of the church, which authorized it all.

The anatomical theater at the University of Bologna, where they performed about 4 dissections per year, in the winter months, on executed criminals. It was such a big deal that each dissection would last upward of 20 hours and be witnessed by about 200 students and faculty, The professors would comment while butchers and barbers did the cutting–all under the watchful eye of the church, which authorized it all.

 

More modern lecture hall at University of Bologna library, which houses millions of ancient books and texts. The University opened in 1088 and is the oldest in Europe

More modern lecture hall at University of Bologna library, which houses millions of ancient books and texts. The University opened in 1088 and is the oldest in Europe

 

Parmigiano Reggiano from nearby Parma

Parmigiano Reggiano from nearby Parma

 

Prosciuto in Bologna too

Prosciuto in Bologna too

 

tortellini for sale

Tortellini for sale

 

Lasagne Bolognesi too

Lasagne Bolognesi too

 

Local fish market in Bologna

Local fish market in Bologna

 

The family that has owned Trattoria Pizzeria Belle Arti since 1998, We ate a delicious lunch here

The family that has owned Trattoria Pizzeria Belle Arti since 1998, We ate a delicious lunch here