Elephant and Castle of Via San Vitale: that link between Bologna and London

“Back in my days”, when I was a graduate in London, I took a summer course of journalism at London College of Printing (now London College of Communication). The University was and still is in Elephant and Castle, quite an interesting place with its Caribbean flair, its traffic, its not so chic (at least that how … More Elephant and Castle of Via San Vitale: that link between Bologna and London

What if Spaghetti Bolognaise were made with tuna?

If there’s a topic that inevitably brings up some debate this is (the very existence of) spaghetti bolognese. A false myth for some, an Italian delicacy for most non Italians, the sole mention of this dish has the typical Bolognese person (me included) scream with indignation: «Spaghetti Bolognese don’t exist!». And this is indeed true, … More What if Spaghetti Bolognaise were made with tuna?

Small city, big heart: the story of Piazza Grande

When they launched Piazza Grande twenty-five years ago, 6000 copies got sold on the first week. This paper wasn’t just a normal one: if was co-written with perspective of, and sold by, homeless people. And it still is. About half of the office where this monthly magazine about Bologna is produced is composed of homeless … More Small city, big heart: the story of Piazza Grande

It’s boba time! A little map of Bologna’s bubble tea shops

Three kittens drunk on milk. That’s how my girlfriends and I looked and felt at the end of our first shared bubble tea tasting this afternoon. I’ve been lazily postponing this meeting for quite a while, knowing that while being rather a novelty in old dear Bologna, there was no scoop in the sudden springing … More It’s boba time! A little map of Bologna’s bubble tea shops

Parallel realities and a call to be pop. Bilbolbul is back in town

Not a teenager anymore, Bilbolbul is in its early twenties but is still very determined to play. This festival dedicated to comics is about to take Bologna by storm once again and today it was presented to the press. This year’s theme was revealed: other realities, something that can mean almost anything, especially in the … More Parallel realities and a call to be pop. Bilbolbul is back in town

Inside the foam, behind the wave. Hiroshige and Hokusai at Museo Archeologico

I had been waiting for them for a while and finally they’re here in Bologna. The floating kimonos, the snowy landscapes, the carps, the birds, the cherry blossoms and of course the waves, those iconic “dragon claw waves” as they’re called, that are so strongly linked to a certain imagery of Japanese painting during its … More Inside the foam, behind the wave. Hiroshige and Hokusai at Museo Archeologico

From Scorsese to Mastroianni. Summer in Bologna is a cinephile’s dream

Here we are. The most beautiful period to be in Bologna has begun. And actually you don’t need to be a cinephile to enjoy a historical piazza turned into a massive open air theatre screening masterpieces. But if you are, well, it’s the time to be happy.   Il Cinema Ritrovato begins today, Saturday June … More From Scorsese to Mastroianni. Summer in Bologna is a cinephile’s dream

The beauty of being mad: Larry Fink’s photos are silent screams against Donald Trump

Among the advantages of being a daydreaming journalist slash part time flaneur there’s the possibility of accidentally walking into an exhibition’s opening while you’re taking a walk, presenting your press ID and sneaking in even though you weren’t invited or informed of its happening (hey, we’re paid less than decently but at least we get … More The beauty of being mad: Larry Fink’s photos are silent screams against Donald Trump