38. Professori, Studenti, Cavalieri al Museo Medievale

Last week, my good friend Christina, who’d lived in Bologna for most of the year but moved to Rome at the beginning of June, came back up for a visit. She had some documents she needed to photograph at the archivio di stato and a few photocopies to make, but never one to pass up an opportunity, I convinced her to tackle some of my bucket list items with me.

So, Tuesday night we decided to gorge ourselves on good food at the Trattoria da Giorgio, a restaurant recommended to me when I first got here but that I’d never gotten around to trying. The food was delicious. Christina and I read reviews on tripadvisor while making our reservation, so I walked in knowing that I had to taste their tagliatelle al ragu (it’s made with lamb!) and that the desserts would be wonderful. I am incredibly glad we decided to go (and it was definitely worth the place on my bucket list.)

Me and Christina, ready to eat. She got the summer tortellini, served with pureed peas.

Joanna ordered her pasta specially, with just a tomato sauce. Being a vegetarian in Bologna is tricky.

That ragu’ really is fantastic.

Wednesday, after a lovely lazy morning, we went to the Medieval Museum of Bologna. Given my choice of activities, this one seemed liked the perfect thing to do with Christina, our resident (well, no longer resident) medieval historian. Medieval Bologna was a city of jurors and lawyers, who lectured at the university and had nice tombs built for them depicting their students listening in. There was also an incredible collection of books, stained glass, religious art, medieval weaponry, and a cool section with one private collector’s pieces from his travels in Asia.

The outside of the museum, which is housed in an actual medieval palace.

A museum-quality beer stein.

One of the sarcophagi.

I could scarcely believe this was a mosaic. According to Christina, all the gold is real – it’s gold leaf encased in glass.

Medieval stained glass, which I thought was gorgeous. It’s made by a different technique so that the shadows it casts are also colored.

Here’s a professor lecturing to his students.

Sometimes, as in life, they’re not paying attention.

I think this one was my favorite. See the guy on the right who’s completely turned around?

A statue of a very very fat Bacchus. He seemed somehow charming.

Bronzes like this one almost filled a room.

The books really were incredible.

I believe this one is a hymnal.

And this one, with that drawing, was fantastic.

A helmet, emblazoned with the teardrop symbol of the city.

I really liked all the swords.

And of course there was a large selection of guns, too.

Medieval Bologna, complete with towers.

It was a fun museum, followed by the discovery of a new piadina place near my apartment. Yum!


La settimana scorsa, la mia amica del cuore Christina, che aveva abitato a Bologna per la maggior parte dell’anno, ma si trasferisce a Roma all’inizio di giugno, è tornata per una visita. Aveva alcuni documenti che aveva bisogno di fotografare al Archivio di Stato e un po’ per fare fotocopie, ma mai una da sfuggire l’occasione, le ho convinta ad affrontare alcuni degli elementi della mia lista di ultime cose con me.

Dunque, Martedì sera abbiamo deciso di gola noi stessi del buon cibo alla Trattoria da Giorgio, un ristorante consigliato a me quando sono arrivata qui, ma che non avevo mai trovato il tempo di provare. Il cibo era delizioso. Christina ed io abbiamo letto recensioni su tripadvisor mentre rendendo la nostra prenotazione, quindi ho camminato nel sapere che ho dovuto assaggiare la loro tagliatelle al ragù (è fatto con agnello!) e che i dolci sarebbero meravigliosi. Sono incredibilmente contenta che abbiamo deciso di andare (ed era sicuramente vale il posto sulla mia lista.)

Mercoledì, dopo una bella mattina pigra, siamo andati al Museo Medievale di Bologna. Data la mia scelta di attività, questa sembrava la cosa perfetta è piaciuto a che fare con Christina, la nostra residente (beh, non più residente) storico medievale. La Bologna medievale era una città di giurati e avvocati, che insegnavano all’università e avevano belle tombe costruite per loro raffigurantecon i loro studenti in ascolto dentro Ci fu anche un incredibile collezione di libri, vetrate, arte religiosa, armi medievali, e una sezione di fresco con pezzi di un collettore di raccolta privato dai suoi viaggi in Asia.
E ‘stato un museo divertente, seguita dalla scoperta di un luogo piadina nuovo vicino al mio appartamento. Yum!


One response to “38. Professori, Studenti, Cavalieri al Museo Medievale

  • Dad

    Wonderful blog entry, Elle! Fascinating stuff! And I’m glad you’re still ticking items off your Fulbrighter/Bolognese bucket list! Enjoy the hell out of the next two weeks! (Can’t wait to see you!) Love, Dad

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