Lombardy Region - Milan
This is a return visit to Bologna. Our previous trip was in 2007 to visit the OMAS pen company. We had been in Bologna before that on one of our earlier trips to Italy. Now, it is pens again. This year we will meet with Luca Baglioni, one of the co-founders and owners of the SCRIBO pen company. SCRIBO was started by former employees of OMAS.
As with our previous trips, we are impressed with Bologna. The city has a large, historical centre and we were fortunate to have found a very good apartment a few blocks from the historic centre.
During the 12th & 13th century up to 180 towers were in Bologna. It is thought they were used by rich families for offensive or defensive purposes during the Investiture Controversy - the conflict between church and state. Building the towers was a considerable undertaking, about three to ten years to build a 60 m tower. During the 13th Century many of the towers were taken down, demolished or simply collapsed.
Fewer than twenty now stand including the Azzoguidi Tower, also called Altabella (61 m), the Prendiparte Tower, called Coronata (60 m), the Scappi Tower (39 m), Uguzzoni Tower (32 m), Guidozagni Tower, Galluzzi Tower, and the famous Two Towers: the Asinelli Tower (97 m) and the Garisenda Tower (48 m).
In Bologna we have a beautiful apartment in the central historic area of Bologna