Woke up with what looked like more little blisters or itchy marks. Either an allergy, due to hot weather or perhaps bed bugs from Venice (!). A big breakfast at the hotel. Everyone was happy because they were able to go and get whatever suited them for breakfast. Then off exploring down the endless lanes. Have never seen so many shops before. The buildings are so large and old. Lots of big arches, red brick everywhere. The walkways are so wide. There are lots of people but because it is so big it's not crowded. We are just around the corner from an enormous piazza and church. Had a look at the church - wow! Magnificent - enormous and beautifully decorated. Has pictures if when the last pope visited. Also went inside another 3 churches, including one with terra-cotta sculptures over 500 years old. Amazing. The girls saw a miniature daschund at a shop and asked its name (in Italian). They were delighted when the owner showed them how the dog sings! Gorgeous!
Stopped for a snack at a traditional Italian eatery. Nice food and the cheapest prices ever! What happened to 30/40 euros for lunch? Opposite Bruno & Franco's deli. Heaven! Great big meats hanging up, cheeses everywhere. Ready made delicious stuff in the window. Bought an arancini, stuffed tomatoes and Alex picked out some cheese. Delicious. Bologna's reputation for good food is true! Made it up to the park for a rest (3 of us) and play (Celeste). Long walk back to the hotel for a rest before dinner at another nice old fashioned Italian restaurant. Amazing food. I had handmade gnocchi with a tomato sauce, the girls bolognese tortellini and Mario artichoke risotto. The only thing with the rice here and France is that it is cooked al dente and we like ours softer. So Mario had to step outside for a big cough as he nearly choked! Veal for the adults (although Alex had a fair portion as she loved it). A trifle for 3 of us (delicious) and Tiramisu for Mario (partly iced). A good old fashioned, tasty Italian meal. The restaurant decorated from when it originally opened, with the addition of orange lights (probably from the 70's). Mama and papa also there assisting. Celeste made friends with an Italian/Canadian girl, Lea.