An afternoon in Bologna, Italy

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Earlier this week we took a quick trip to Bologna with my parents. They've now visited Florence enough times that branching out and seeing new cities is a must!

We were on a time crunch -- trying to leave and get back during the hours Livia is at asilo nido -- so we only had about four full hours in the city, but it was great time. We had an amazing lunch that I'll write about next week, but the city itself is also worth talking about.

For me, Bologna feels so different than cities like Florence, Venice or even Rome to some extent. Sure, there is a lot of historical stuff to see, but it feels very much like a modern, lived-in city. Bustling, a little gritty, full. No tourists really, which was a nice change of pace.

We popped into Eataly for a quick cafe and to browse. The Bologna outpost is a fraction of the size of the Rome or NYC, but still had some neat items. My absolute favorite thing was all of the cookbooks available in both English and Italian. If you are in need of cookbooks for very particular regional types of cooking, it was an awesome resource.