Pier Paolo Pasolini, was born in Bologna in 1922 by a middle-class family, where he will spend seven years of his life ("Beautiful and sweet Bologna! I have spent seven years, perhaps the most beautiful ...").
Here Pier Paolo cultivated new passions, such as football and fuelled his passion for reading includes several volumes of used books at the stalls of the Porch of Death. Pasolini has a fond... continue
Located in the most ancient part of Bologna, within a Roman street plan, il Mercato di Mezzo has been Bologna's traditional market are for at least two millennia. While the types of businesses have mostly changed in modern times, the names of the streets have eternalised the traditional businesses that were once thriving. Streets names, such as Pescherie, Calzolerie, Orefici, and Clavature, translate to... continue
Bologna's main square, Piazza Maggiore, is both its geographic centre and its cultural and political heart. The spacious piazza began to take on its current shape in the 13th century, and soon afterwards, it found itself encircled by the city's most important edifices. For the first time visitor, standing in the middle of la Piazza, as it is referred to locally, and gazing at the impressive architecture surrounding... continue
One of the symbols of Bologna, the giant statue of the god Neptune, Nettuno in Italian, crowns a fountain of sculptures in the centre of Piazza del Nettuno. Completed in 1567, the fountain was commissioned by Cardinal Carlo Borromeo who assigned the project to the architect Tommaso Laureti. However, it was the sculptor Jean Boulogne (known as Giambologna or Giovanni da Bologna), famous for the sculpture of the Rape... continue
On a recent visit to Bologna, while I noticed an iluminated church on al hill. No matter how the freeway turned, it was visible. The city of Bologna is rather flat and to the East the foothills of the Appenines start. The Basilica di San Luca is situated on one of these hills. When travelling on the road to Florence you see it more clearly. It seems to be looking at the city and almost gives you the feeling of... continue
During this time of prosperity, nearly every powerful and wealthy family built its own tower to assert its dominance to the point that the city once possessed as many as 180 towers! The twin towers were both built between 1109 - 1119 AD, but unlike many of the city's towers, they have survived largely intact since their construction. The higher tower belonged to the Asinelli family and rises 97 metres, a skyscraper... continue