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4 p.m. Hidden canals of Bologna- Via Piella If you think of canals in Italy, you probably think of Venice. Many people would not think of Bologna as a city with canals. However, hidden from public view, an underground network of canals exists in Bologna. Only a few exist currently, the majority have been paved over by public car parks. For example, Riva di Reno­— one of the city’s major waterways, which once traversed through half of the city—now runs beneath the streets; what a shame. If you visit Via Piella, you’ll find a small window hidden in the wall that opens up onto the Moline canal.

were the most advanced waterway system in Europe. Bologna was then the fifth largest city in Europe (after Cordova, Paris, Venice, and Florence) with over 60,000 inhabitants. The city tied with Milan as the largest textile industry area in Italy. These canals helped run the numerous textile mills and transport goods. Bologna’s rich history of textiles is still evident from their street names: Via delle Moline (mill), Via dei Tessitori (Weavers) and Via Drapperie (drapery). A tip of the hat to Kathryn Burrington for her excellent post about the hidden canals of Bologna, which inspired me and I recommend That you check them out as well.

Back in the 13th century these canals

5:30 p.m. La Sorbetteria Castiglione Time for another gelato. The best place for gelato in the city in my humble view is La Sorbetteria Castiglione (44 Via Castiglione, www.lasorbetteria.it), a classic gelato shop where there is always a busy hive of locals tucking into some of their mouth-watering flavors, which include cremino ludovico, hazelnut and cocoa butter, dolce contagio with pine nuts and carmelized walnuts and dolce emma with ricotta and figs carmelized with honey. Amazing stuff. I dream about going back here every day. Please enjoy on my behalf. Cost: €2

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