If you haven’t heard yet, we’ve bought a house and we’ve moved!
We had been looking for a place since we’ve been married so essentially two years and the housing market is no easy maze to walk in Italy.
Houses aka apartments are very very expensive compared to the States. It was hard for me to look at homes and know that there could be something 5 times as big in Minneapolis for a quarter of the price. However that is in Minnesota and not Bologna, Italy.
Since I’ve been living in Italy, we’ve lived on the South side of the city. Bologna is essentially a circle with the train station at the north and the bolognese hills at the south. First we were in Via Castiglione and then we moved just a few blocks north to Via Cartoleria. This side of the town is called Zona Galvani. It is a really beautiful area but also rather expensive.
This part of town is considered part of the historical center and it still has quite a medieval feel to it. We would have liked to continue living on that side of town but it’s just too expensive. So now we’re on the complete exact opposite side of the city near the train station. This area is called Zona Marconi.
After living in the same neighborhood for two years you really start to feel like you belong there. There are definitely something I will miss:
This pink church which we lived next to for a year, right under the bell tower. Even though the bells ring every half hour even through the night you become used to them and they are really helpful while you’re getting ready in the morning or having a private lesson.
Literally the best gelato shop in probably all of Italy- La Sorbetteria Castiglione. I think we definitely took for granted having such a delicious gelateria so close by.
Not only was there an amazing gelatria there is also a delicious bakery- Regina di Quadri. We’ve ordered their incredible mille foglie cake more than once and have had our fair share of croissants.And also while walking to the bus stop early in the morning for work and smelling the waft of freshly baked goods.
Saying that I live near Porta Castiglione
Which is right next to Giardini Margherita, the largest gardens in Bologna. This was definitely nice for going walking with friends and for taking Macchia.
And living in a historically rich, beautiful part of town
However all of Bologna is beautiful and so I’m sure we’ll soon find the places we really enjoy on this side of town. Our neighbor is the owner of the bar on the corner so we’ve already had breakfast there a few times and there is also a nice place to grab a piadina and sit out in the sun to eat around the corner.
I’ll write and put pictures up of our new place in another post! But for now- Goodbye Galvani!