Beautiful Bologna/Bellissima Bologna

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Beautiful Bologna They say that Italy is all beautiful … and they are right, but then everyone heads for Rome, Florence and Milan. What about Bologna, have you ever been there? I have just spent 5 and a half weeks in this magnificent city. “Why?”, you ask. I love Latin and classical history and have also always wanted to speak Italian, so 6 years ago I took myself off to Dante Alighieri, the Italian school in Houghton, Johannesburg. I found an excellent teacher, did some courses, passed an exam, and received a bursary to study at one of the Dante Alighieris in Italy. I had a choice, and chose Bologna – this medieval jewel was perfect! Not too big, and not too small, the city centre is dominated by two towers called Asinelli and Garisenda. Garisenda leans at the same angle as Pisa’s tower, but for me is more beautiful. There are also kilometres of very charming porticoes which protect you from sun and rain … I sound parochial, but Bologna does this to you – you immediately fall in love with her and want to make her your own. My two weeks at Bologna’s Dante Alighieri School were mind blowing. I am quite old and my fellow students, 3 young Thai guys and a Cambodian, who were delightful, were in their 20s, much younger than my sons. Nonetheless, we all got on

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