After reviewing the menu for 10 minutes (I couldn't decide) I settled on the vanilla creme brulee cappuccino. It tasted as good as it sounded. They also offer coffee classes, which I might have to try.
After a very enjoyable caffeine fix, we wandered down to our favorite bar for some Italian rugby and hamburgers for lunch. After eating and not understanding a thing of Rugby, we went to get a gelato near the towers. Well, Giancarlo got a gelato, I snuck in a couple licks and took photos.
Later that night we met with our friend Ele who took us to this new (well, new for us) bar near our apartment. As soon as we walked in, it was a total Brooklyn-type bar and Giancarlo was immediately at home. Plus, the prices were really cheap, and they had a great aperitivo spread. Who needs dinner when you can spend $2.50 on a (big) glass of prosecco and eat for free?
Sunday morning we got up and wanted to go try this new cafe place (the one inside the chocolate store) but they were closed again. So, we opted for round two - tourist style - and had breakfast at a cafe in the piazza.
The weekend had been cold, but with no clouds in the sky, the sun warmed us up quickly and felt so good. We really didn't want to leave, but one of things that I still hadn't done yet was the Seven Churchs of Santo Stefano. So, post caffeine fix, we made our way over to Santo Stefano and through the churches.
Little background info. from the wiki: Santo Stefano is a complex of religious edifices in the city of Bologna, Italy. Located in the eponymous square, it is locally known as Sette Chiese ("Seven Churches").
According to tradition, it was built by Saint Petronius, who was bishop of the city during the 5th century, over a temple of the goddess Isis. The church of St. John the Baptist (or of the Holy Crucifix) dates from the 8th century, while that of the Holy Sepulchre from the 5th (renovated in the 12th century), as well as that of San Vitale ed Agricola (renovated in the 8th and 11th centuries). A 13th century portico known as "Pilatus' court" connects the other buildings to the church of the Holy Trinity (13th century).
It really is a sight to see. I couldn't fathom how old the church I was looking at was. After spending some time at Santo Stefano we wandered some more up and down the streets.
On Sunday everything is closed, but we window shopped and imagined that we bought everything our eyes laid their sights on. The weekend flew by, as it so often does, and now it's back to work this week. But the official countdown till next weekend has begun. I'm not sure what we are up to. Giancarlo has taken on the task of surprising me for my birthday next Saturday, so stay tuned...