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BOLOGNA SEEN WITH PIER PAOLO PASOLINI'S EYES

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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 memory of the city and he is impressed by the large square (Piazza Maggiore), heart of the city center of civil and religious life in Bologna. He remembers the great unfinished cathedral, made of traditional red brick and the lace that extends to the houses and the surrounding roofs, which make Bologna worthy of the name “La Rossa”.

He often recalls the Town Hall, with its solemn ogival arcades, and the famous Portici, which run in the city for 40 km, from the elegant Church of the Servants of Piazza Malpinghi, not only an architectural element but the essence and the mood of the city. During the summer months they are an excellent protection from the sun and during the coldest months a perfect shelter from the rain. 

Bologna is to him a fascinating city with a simple living, simple but beautiful, which give rise to new ideas and interests. At Liceo Galvani in Bologna his school career continued with excellent results. He enrolled as, just seventeen, the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Bologna and discovered new passions, such as Romance languages, especially the aesthetics of fine arts. 

While attending the Film Club of Bologna where he became fond with the cycle of films of René Clair, he devoted himself to the sport of football and was promoted to captain of the Faculty of Arts, he was cycling with friends and attending summer camps organized by the University of Bologna.

Here one can see “Bologna la Dotta”, with the presence of one of the oldest university in Italy which continues today to be attended by numerous Italian and foreign students, and to maintain its role as a very active cultural center, always open to new and creative ideas. And in this Bologna, so lively and changing, Pasolini realizes he cannot come back, not for a fault, but for a value: the richness of life, cultural exchange and ideas that make Bologna so interesting and always different.

  • Nettuno Statue in Piazza Maggiore
    Nettuno Statue in Piazza Maggiore
  • Piazza Maggiore
    Piazza Maggiore
  • View of the
    View of the "red city"

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