Bars and crafts: Via Cladarese is the perfect place for lazy afternoons

Most people, especially tourists, usually walk from Piazza Maggiore to Le Due Torri and, once the photos de riguer have been taken, turn right, heading to Piazza Santo Stefano, left towards the former Ghetto, or take Via Zamboni to reach the University area. They hardly ever keep walking through Via San Vitale and that’s a … More Bars and crafts: Via Cladarese is the perfect place for lazy afternoons

Keeping Bologna authentic? It’s up to you

Yesterday afternoon I was passing by Via Pescherie Vecchie. With its little bars with open air tables, serving lunch and dinner at any hour, it became the main hub for tourists and (improvised) foodies. I distinctly remember walking through it two summers ago, when tourism in Bologna was just starting to take off, the whole … More Keeping Bologna authentic? It’s up to you

Bologna’s Central Perk? Try Bar Maurizio

«What are you giving me for free?», asks the man with socks into his slippers as he enters Bar Maurizio on a lazy august morning. «Have a croissant». «I’d like that pasta actually», nonchalantly replies the hungry man, pointing to a large bowl of just cooked pasta. «Sorry, can’t give you that». Then Maurizio waits … More Bologna’s Central Perk? Try Bar Maurizio

Glamorous gold diggers, divas and drama: my Cinema Ritrovato

It took me a little while to enter into the true spirit of Il Cinema Ritrovato. A heath wave stroke again and just like last year the first days were spent cryin’ and tryin’ (to survive). But then I bravely collected myself and stepped into that carousel of cinephiles and nerds that is the Cineteca … More Glamorous gold diggers, divas and drama: my Cinema Ritrovato

Il Cinema Ritrovato: sexiest movie festival ever, proudly “glamour free”

When Gianluca Farinelli, director of film festival Il Cinema Ritrovato, said «We are a festival without glamour» today at the press preview, he couldn’t be smugger. And I couldn’t be prouder, too: this gem of a festival attracts every year in Bologna the best of the best, and it needs no red carpet: only true cinema … More Il Cinema Ritrovato: sexiest movie festival ever, proudly “glamour free”

5 reasons why Bologna becoming a tourists’ destination is good news

All of a sudden Bologna became popular. Vogue wrote about it. The New York Times wrote about it. So did The Guardian and the BBC. Ryanair added some flights to and from most European capitals and there you go: now everyone likes to post about their last weekend in the Red, the Fat and the … More 5 reasons why Bologna becoming a tourists’ destination is good news

Bologna The fat indeed: Biografilm Park is one more occasion to eat and discuss food

If there ever was a place where a film festival is yet another occasion to talk about eating, well that was Bologna, aka City of food. So today there I was at the presentation of Biografilm Park, the series of events taking place alongside Biografilm Festival, and for the first half hour all you could … More Bologna The fat indeed: Biografilm Park is one more occasion to eat and discuss food

Smells like Bologna’s spirit: Smell Festival and the secret language of scents

Smell – Festival dell’Olfatto is one of those things difficult to explain – even more to illustrate – and yet worth mentioning. First because its communication and topics are willingly niche and not crowd-pleasing, which is quite an achievement in a world of the-easier-the-better. Second, and most important, because it investigates the fascinating world of … More Smells like Bologna’s spirit: Smell Festival and the secret language of scents