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

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

Fomo in Bolo: life in town is in full bloom (day and night)

Being in Bologna from the end of May onwards means having lots of energy and perfect organization skills, because this little postmark of a metropolis (Copyright Samuel Broche) offers a plethora of events and cool things to do. Let’s begin with this very week end, where at least three unmissable things take place. One is Di verde … More Fomo in Bolo: life in town is in full bloom (day and night)

Rifiuti, a meditation on garbage from the kings (and queen) of recycle

Like some of you know, I’m a fan of Fratelli Broche, vintage dealers by day, artistic duo by night. So I’m happy to announce their latest work Rifiuti, hosted by gallery/factory Adiacenze, a perfect combination of both identities. Rifiuti is both a project and an exibition. The latter, opening friday march 5th, is made of … More Rifiuti, a meditation on garbage from the kings (and queen) of recycle

Palazzo Varignana, side A: beautiful garden and green treasure

There’s a little treasure in the leafy shape of a garden just outside Bologna: Palazzo Varignana, up the hills of Castel San Pietro, is a historical mansion turned resort and Spa (dedicated post on the amazing new indulging space soon to come) that also happens to host a precious garden, so prestigious that it belongs … More Palazzo Varignana, side A: beautiful garden and green treasure