10 towns to visit in Italy during Autumn
BOLOGNA (WITHIN) AND WITHOUT THE SCHEMES
Albergati Palace hosts “Brueghel. Masterpieces of Flemish art” with the most significant works of the Flemish artists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. There is also the Archaeological Museum “Egypt. Millennial splendor”, with the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands. And this is just the beginning of a weekend in Bologna, to discover it with a conventional tour of the town, or in 5 steps out of the conventional schemes.
FIRST STEP: THE UNDERGROUND BOLOGNA
Maybe you did not know, but under Bologna there is a little Venice. The city hides beneath its streets a dense web of canals and streams and the remains of the ancient hydraulic system, which in the past favored the development of trade and transport to the Po river and, hence, to the Adriatic sea and Venice.
SECOND STEP: THE FORGOTTEN MUSEUM
The museum in Palazzo Poggi, in the heart of the lively university district of Bologna, is one of the major scientific museums in Italy, yet one of the least known. It houses workshops and collections of the Institute of Sciences, the first Italian public institution dedicated to research and scientific training. Address: Via Zamboni 33. Ticket price: 3 €
THIRD STEP: THE VILLA NOBILIARE
At the end of the neighborhood Pilastro, there is a large villa hidden by the trees of a wonderful garden inhabited by wild pheasants. The name of this villa is Gandolfi Pallavicini, and its distance from the historical center of Bologna (about 20 minutes by bus) made it little known and visited. Built by the family Alamandini in the first half of the seventeenth century, in 1773 the property was purchased by Gian Luca Pallavicini, a marshal from Genoa. The villa has had over the centuries illustrious guests as the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.. Today the villa can be visited for free.
FOURTH STEP: HOTEL WITH A SECRET
Along the well knows via Indipendeza, is located the Hotel i Portici, which houses the remains of an ancient theatre and an underground ice-house. The Eden theatre, that preserves the original frescoes decoration in the Liberty Belle Epoque style, is now a famous restaurant (Michlein starred restaurant), while the underground has become a private room for romantic dinners.
FIFTH STEP: THE CIMITERY TOUR
Together with the cemetery of Milan and the Pere-Lachaise in Paris, the Certosa cemetery of Bologna is a fundamental part of the European cultural heritage. In the past, this impressive cemetery was part of the Grand Tour, the long trip around Europe of the rich aristocrats. It was visited by Byron, Dickens and Stendhal and inspired their novels.