The Basilica overlooks Piazza Maggiore - pretty much the center of Bologna. Just off to the side is the Piazza del Nettuno with its Fontana del Nettuno, which is a favorite meeting spot for Book Fair attendees. "I'll meet you at the Neptune Fountain!" is a common phrase here.
And then I ran into fellow classmate Catherine Thomann. We did the more modern side of Bologna and did some shopping down Via dell-Indeipendenza, which connects the city north to south. The sun came out, our sweaters came off. I bought a scarf as my Italian souvenir. And we had wine and cheese at a lovely out of the way cafe. What a day!
And that wasn't even all! SCBWI hosted a private party that evening at Libreria Trame Bookstore. It was a great opportunity to catch up with industry friends from America - so very cool!
So that was Day 2, and I haven't even made it to the Book Fair yet! It's coming, I promise!
Read all of my Bologna Blog wrap-ups at:
1. Bologna Children’s Book Fair!
2. Bologna – the Arrival
3. Beautiful Bologna
4. Sidewalks of Bologna
5. The Bologna Book Fair
6. The Illustrators’ Wall at the Bologna Childen’s Book Fair
7. SCBWI in Bologna
8. The Post Book Fair Fall Apart
9. Closing thoughts and out n’ about in Bologna