But Wednesday morning, after a good sleep, a nice breakfast and some talk with Maria about walks I could take, I decided that I would walk up one of the two walks she told me about (letting me know that they were steep, but, hey - I can take it, right?) and get a beautiful view of the city. So armed with the map she also gave me I set out.
Just a close-up of the figures.
And it was a beautiful morning for a walk and it was a beautiful walk, abeit incredibly steep once it started uphill. I truly didn't know if I was going to make it. Plus which I truly didn't know if I was where I was supposed to be. I had been able to follow the map through town to where I got on the road I wanted and started up. And after that, I saw ONE sign that was for a place mentioned on the map as being one of the things I was supposed to see on this walk.
I kept looking for the next villa with a sign and I kept hoping to see a sign saying "yes, Mary Lynne, the church is just up ahead" but I never did. I did pass one more sign pointing up a road and that sign said a big, long name starting with Rotunda something and I think included the word Madonna too, although by then, being half dead, I didn't take much note of it cause it wasn't mentioned on my map for the itinerary I was following.
Not very long after that I got to a church (although it may not be used as that anymore, I'm not sure - probably is actually) and I panted my way up to the sign on the building which said Chiesa something, something, something and UNDERNEATH that were the words detta Obsservanza. So I assumed that was what I had climbed the mountain for and was quite disappointed because the views from there were not really very good. And I didn't take any pictures of it because at that point, I wasn't in a picture-taking mood! After catching my breath for a bit and wishing Bologna made a better map, I started down and soon came to the Rotunda sign. I thought "well, maybe there might be a view up there" and started up that road. And as I approached a very large, old building, a car pulled up, a girl got out and I said "where in the world am I?" or words to that effect. She told me this was the Villa Aldini, remember that name? That was one of the three things the map said I would see. I really wonder why they wouldn't have the Rotunda sign say Villa Aldini or, as an alternative, have the map say the Rotunda name. But, there I was and the view was much better so I took some pictures and decided probably I would survive it all. :)
So feeling much better, but still wishing Bologna had a little better system of guiding tourists, I started down and that was quite pleasant. Still a gorgeous day and downhill! For quite a while I could hear a group of children yelling away like groups of children playing do. I figured there must be a school somewhere and the kids were out for recess. It kept getting more direct and I started peeking through the very heavy tree cover to see if I could ever discover them and I did! This picture was taken at my 4x zoom and then I cropped and cropped the photo to make the center really pop out and you can just make out the kids. I love hunting something down.
Then just a few pictures taken on the rest of the way down:
By the time I got down into the city again, I was ready to eat! So I found a nice spot and got myself filled up some and then went on back to my room. At some point in the early evening I went back out again and got a few pictures while walking around the Piazza Maggiore area (which was all cleaned up today just like I hoped it would be). So here they are (and I have to confess, I'm not including the ones that I took while actually in the Piazza Maggiore - I can't seem to get a decent picture there. The buildings are massive so you have to be far away and then it's always very busy there - it really is the gathering place for everyone.
A pretty building glowing in the evening
And that is it for Wednesday. Bologna is growing on me and I think I probably just need to write a guidebook for the city which would, of course, mean a lot of trips back until I finally figured out where things are!