When I go to Bologna I always stay at the Hotel Drapperie. It is reasonably priced, comfortable and the people who work there are friendly and helpful. Best of all it is in Via Drapperie, one of the market streets in Bologna. It is my favourite part of the city.
My room this time was directly above the market and I was awake bright and early to watch the day begin at the fish market below.
Down on the ground, I love the way these fish look in their trays. They look like little works of art. It seems a shame that someone is going to buy them and take them home to eat.
Here is what you have been waiting for – the very ugly fish, although I’m sure his mother loved him.
The huge fish didn’t last long at the market, somebody took it home. It is wearing some kind of nappy, probably just as well. I can’t imagine how you would cook a fish like this.
Most Italians shop at supermarkets. I hope enough people keep shopping in these wonderful street markets, it would be a shame to lose them. I will rent an apartment in Bologna one day, so I can buy here everyday. The hotel also offers a small apartment not far away.
Hotel: Via Drapperie 5, phone 051 223955 http://www.albergodrapperie.com