The young woman, she doesn’t look any older than 28, is standing on the stool, “the guy” has just wrapped an Italian flag around her neck and this smooth present gently brushes against her hijab. Standing still on her skinny jeans on skinny legs, she is telling a boy about half her age that, whether … More Move away Speaker’s Corner: Bologna has “Lo Sgabellino”
Do you remember the video from Take me to church? Of course you do. And probably you’re not thinking about the original short promoting Hozier’s song from 2015, but the other one, made by David LaChapelle and graced by the presence of dancer Sergei Polunin. Now the Russian dancer, model and actor features in his … More Orione, Galliera, Bellinzona: “parish cinemas” of Bologna have wings!
Bologna is a great place for hanging out, having a taste of La dolce vita, enjoying some delicious food and socializing. But, as you might have noticed, things get more difficult when it’s time to work. Especially if you are, like me, a freelancer with no office and plenty of stuff to do from your … More Five locations for digital nomads in Bologna
Bologna the Red, they say. Not as red as the October’s revolution, happening little more than one hundred years ago (on October 25th 1917 of the Russian calendar it had its peak), that inspired Revolutija, an incredibly rich and fascinating exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, also known as MAMbo. From Malevich … More Revolutija! The exhibition you shouldn’t miss is at Mambo. Go see it!
Let’s open a new series that I’ll just call “Little places I love”. Or #littleplacesIlove if you like. Lestofante is small and yes I love it. If we were in Holland I’d say it’s gezelling, a wonderful dutch term that summarizes a bouquet of feelings: “cosy”, “intimate”, “welcoming”, “convivial”. You get the idea. Not properly a … More Little places I love: Lestofante is an experience of cosyness
«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
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
Independent library Modo, nested between the crowded bars of Via Mascarella, is one of my favorite places in town. So much so that I won’t write about it in general now, because this deserves its own post. But let’s just say that the guys at Modo, other than having a cool selection of essays and … More Morning grace: zen painting at Modo
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
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