Finally, here are some photos from my last week of my holiday. This was at my sister’s place in the hills South of Bologna.
It was so hot that it was unpleasant to go outside, even in the morning. And at night when it was a little cooler (or rather less hot), the midges were out. I cannot even imagine what summers will be like in places like Italy once climate change has become more pronounced in a couple of decades.
Anyway, despite the hot weather, we went on a couple of day trips.
I’ve been to Florence before many years ago but couldn’t really remember much other than it being a very expensive place to go to on a small budget. So it was nice to have a second look.
The cathedral is stunning:
One of the local celebrities:
The famous Ponte Vecchio:
Bologna is quite different. They have big cathedrals there as well, Just in some instances the money must have run out:
Notorious Neptune fountain:
You don’t see it on the photo but from behind at a certain angle, Neptune looks like being equipped with a giant penis which is really just his thumb.
And then the famous towers:
Back in the old days, the way for rich families to demonstrate their power and wealth was to build up. So they built those big towers. Tell that to the average Kiwi with their love for massive sprawling mansions…