On the days before and after the SCBWI booth happenings I was able to go out and about and have a walk around – I was too wrecked after a day on the booth to go sightseeing! On those ‘wrecked’ days it was dinner, back to the hotel, bed! But on the mornings that I did get out to explore it was glorious. And following are just some random observations about the beauty of this city … and I only got to see a very small part of it. Next time, there will be a concerted effort to cover more of Bologna. This time though most of my walking was centred around Piazza Maggiore with its Statue of Neptune and the Basilica of San Petronio.
The Basilica of San Petronio
There are Churches everywhere … from the Basilica of San Petronio on the square to ones tucked away in quiet little streets (italian name) radiating from the square and down the main thoroughfare. Last time I was here the Basilica was boarded up while maintenance was being pursued but this time I was able to see it in all it’s sort-of finished glory! Even after all this time (building began in the 1300s) the top half of the church remains unfinished – it’s a work in progress. It’s been several centuries so far … these things take time … lots of time!
I stumbled upon quite a few other churches all within a small radius of the Piazza, some tucked away down side streets and others facing main roads. All of them were amazing places of worship. I sat in on part of one service but it was all in Italian so I didn’t stay long, and I was the wrong age group! All of the churches are adorned with stunning works of art – decorated ceilings and walls, stained glass windows, domes, and tiled or marbled floors. Many of the art works appeared similar – as if the artists moved from one church to the next with paints and brushes and clear art works in mind. Even the barriers within the church separating the chapels were beautifully decorated, adorned and guided. One church I stumbled across was built over an older Roman ruins and so there is a well positioned glass floor showing the old city beneath.
Fountains, pathways, mosaics, pressed walls … there are more and more and they are so beautifully created. This city needs much more time to explore
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]