In Bologna, the past is very much alive. It's there in the architecture and in the traditional foods, a part of everyday life. As I mentioned in my last post, Bologna is home to the oldest university in the world, which was founded in the late eleventh century. Two medieval towers also showcase Bologna's past, standing tall in the city center. The taller of the two is open to visitors.
|Climbing the well-worn steps of Torre Asinelli|
|498 steps later (old things don't have elevators)|
|View of the old city from Torre Asinelli|
Alongside the centuries-old buildings are smaller signs of age. Here are a few old things I stumbled upon while wandering the city streets.
|Not especially old for Bologna standards|
|Rusty intercom system|
|This pharmacy opened its doors in 1814|
|Classic doorknob (for entering scary, mysterious places)|
For more pictures of my trip to Bologna, visit my photo gallery.