|This harpist took advantage of the great acoustics under the porticoes|
|San Petronio Bologna|
|Palazzo del Podesta'|
|Palazzo Comunale Bologna (also called Palazzo d'Accursio)|
|The magnificent Fontana di Nettuno in the adjoining piazza|
|Vespa scooters on Via Santo Stefano|
|The beautiful Palazzo della Mercanzia on Via Santo Stefano|
|Santuario Santa Maria della Vita with |
Trattoria da Gianni in foreground
|Interior Santuario Santa Maria della Vita|
When we went towards the right of the altar we saw a group of people gathered around a guide who was describing some extraordinary terracotta statues. These figures look so dramatic, emotional and awe-inspiring that I had goose bumps when I looked at them; they took my breath away. It was an unexpected surprise...
The six life-sized terracotta figures are standing around the body of Christ, lamenting his death. They are highly realistic with expressions of grief and torment on their faces, a mixture of motion and emotion, in dramatic poses with the women’s robes flying out behind them. I was particularly in awe of the two Marys on the right.
|Joseph of Arimathea, Mary Salome, the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, Mary of Cleophas and Mary Magdalene in visible distress.|
Leaving the Sanctuary we turned into Via Farini. If you like to shop for clothes, you're going to love the Galleria Cavour on this street. It has a lot of chic high fashion shops including Armani, Gucci, Prada,Yves Saint Laurent and Versace. In August during the sales there are reductions of 50-70% in most of the stores. It reminded me of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II in Milan.
|Autumn collection in Galleria Cavour|
|Bologna's Two Towers|
|The spacious interior of Cremeria Funivia, Bologna|
|Santuario San Luca overlooking the city on Guardian Hill|
We returned to our hotel feeling very content after this enchanting night in Bologna. My next post will be about what you can see and do if you only have one day in Bologna…