My horizons have broadened a little more after our week spent in Northern Italy. It’s no surprise that those 17th, 18th & 19th century aristocrats, aesthetes, and architects were so inspired by what they found there. We based ourselves in the beautiful and prosperous city of Modena, not hugely well known in the UK, other than for its association with balsamic vinegar and Ferrari. In addition, did you know that a Queen of England & Scotland also came from Modena? Namely, Mary, second wife of James II, and grandmother of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
During our stay, we made trips to Bologna, Ferrara, Padua, and Venice. Armed only with my iPhone, I’m afraid I got a little carried away with it all!
VIGNOLA & THE MODENESE COUNTRYSIDE
Just south of Modena are the hills which spread south to Tuscany, here you will find archetypal Italian villages set among the vineyards.
I was totally captivated by the scale and intensity of this city. While Venice has it’s canals, Bologna has colonnades. Almost every street in the historic centre is lined with them.
A stunning and buzzing city of which I knew nothing. Well worth spending time here.
Brief pitstop in this pretty city en route to la Serenissima!
And finally, VENICE
My second visit to this wondrous place, already planning the third.