0538 The Leaning Tower of Bologna (Ita 057â€”new)
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Thereâ€™s supposed to be an H.I. hostel right outside Bologna so I decide to head straight in that direction, on foot. I figure itâ€™s a good chance to enjoy the countryside and see various facets of the city. Lately Iâ€™ve been maybe a bit too focused on just seeing the old historical district of each cityâ€¦
But as I pass through scruffy neighborhoods, on through industrial districtsâ€¦ past apartment developments, and finally past open cornfields, I start getting really irritated at these folks for putting their hostel way out in the middle of nowhereâ€¦ And I donâ€™t have a reservation, so itâ€™s really going to piss me off if thereâ€™s no vacancyâ€¦
There is vacancy, so I quickly drop off my stuff, and head back to the city-- taking the bus this timeâ€¦
I donâ€™t have real big expectations for
But it doesâ€¦
Soon after I delve into this city, I realize this truly is a wonderfully unique city.
The city is guarded by the ruins of several â€śgatesâ€ť kind of like
My first stop is in the big circular park at the north end of town.
I head on in towards the heart of the city and to a cluster of magnificent, and yes, unique architectural masterpieces that reveal the layers of
â€¦ And then thereâ€™s the Leaning Tower of Bolognaâ€¦
As I get closer to this tall structure, I get the impression that itâ€™s leaning a bit and think â€śthatâ€™s impossible-- surely a narrow brick structure like that would topple over if it were leaningâ€¦â€ť
But on closer look I find an inscription that gives the bizarre story of this structure.
As soon as it was built it started to tilt. The idea then was to build another tower next to it to replace itâ€¦ but that one started to tilt to. After multiple attempts over the centuries to straighten it out, after seemingly endless disasters, fires, wars, and engineering mishapsâ€¦ Somehow, the tower is still standingâ€¦
It seems almost a symbol of the resilience and endurance of this landâ€¦
I wander on up and down the portico streets of
After checking my email I head out for one last tour of the town.
An interesting glimpse at the more youthful side of
Itâ€™s too late to catch a bus back to the hostel, but I donâ€™t really mind the hike this time. Iâ€™ve seen so much this day, so itâ€™s a good chance just to unwind and soak it all inâ€¦