Lombardy Region - Milan
We return to Bologna. We were last here in 2007 when Glenn visited the OMAS pen company. We had been in Bologna before that one one of our earlier trips to Italy. Now, it is pens again. This year we will meet with Luca Bagolini, one of the owners of the SCRIBO pen company. This was started by former employers of OMAS.
We remember Bologna well. It is impressive. A large, historical city. The population is about 380,000. Although not off the route for Italians, when it comes to North American tourists, visiting Bologna is not on the A list.
The city has the oldest university in the Western world (founded 1088), a student popuylation, great food, and endkess covered walkways - porticos - in the historic centre -- a historic centre is that well preserved and considered one of the largest in Italy The architecture of the city is known for a beautiful warm palette. Thin terracotta red, brown-orange, warm yello - the name Bologna is la rossa, Bologna the red.
During the 12th & 13th century up to 180 towers were in Bologna. It is thought they were used by rich families for offensive or defensive purposes during the Investiture Controversy - the conflict between church and state. Building the towers was a considerable undertaking, about three to ten years to build a 60 m tower. During the 13th Century many of the towers were taken down, demolished or simply collapsed.
Fewer than twenty now stand including the Azzoguidi Tower, also called Altabella (61 m), the Prendiparte Tower, called Coronata (60 m), the Scappi Tower (39 m), Uguzzoni Tower (32 m), Guidozagni Tower, Galluzzi Tower, and the famous Two Towers: the Asinelli Tower (97 m) and the Garisenda Tower (48 m).
In Bologna we have a beautiful apartment in the central historic area of Bologna