Ex Africa comes beauty

Ex Africa semper aliquid novi, “There’s always something new coming from Africa”, Pliny The Younger used to say. Here’s the origin of this ambitious exhibition’s title: the art, the artists, the hidden masters and the often forgotten pieces coming ex Africa, from Africa. This exhibition might be the biggest ever organized in Italy, a vast, … More Ex Africa comes beauty

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