Cool or not? Five reasons to visit FICO Eatalyworld

«I visited Disneyland and Disneyworld and wasn’t snobbish about it, unlike most fellow Italians». This declaration from FICO’s (and Eataly’s) founder  Oscar Farinetti, at the press preview of its new brainchild on a gloomy november morning, tells a lot about the style and spirit of this massive theme park on the outskirts of Bologna. Just … More Cool or not? Five reasons to visit FICO Eatalyworld

Morning grace #2: Flowers ‘n fruits in Piazza Aldrovandi

Luckily, Bologna has many farmers’ markets. The latest addition is in Piazza Aldrovandi, where from the beginning of october to the end of january a cosy, one-lined market takes place every sunday morning.   With its bizarre shape – something in between a little piazza and a large street – this square named after collector … More Morning grace #2: Flowers ‘n fruits in Piazza Aldrovandi

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”