While most tourists look up, contemplating the towers and the palaces of the city center, my new friend William Condé from Southern England has spent quite some time of his month in Bologna admiring and photographing door knobs. And worth a photograph they are. Sometime you need the look of an outsider to rediscover the … More (Silent post) Door Knob Porn
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
It might be because of that deep masochism of mine. Because half of the people behind the stalls of Fruit, the Independent publishers’ fair at Palazzo Re Enzo, act just like the stereotypical hipsters: wearing that impeccably assembled vintage outfits and fake-carelessly showing off that perfect haircuts (or mustache), they look at you with genuine disgust and ask … More Fruit. It’s hipster-land and I love it!
Whenever I’m in a bad mood or the weather is gloomy, I am pretty certain that entering this place just down Piazza Santo Stefano will mitigate my blues. By showering me in pink, yellow and aquamarine. Everything, like, everything they have is at least pretty, but mostly cool, slightly addictive and definitely uplifting. And this with … More LaLa Land of colour: La gallina smilza
Bologna might not have its own cat café like Rome or London, but lovers of the cute felines shouldn’t worry: there’s still Calamario. Now, this shop isn’t about cats, in theory. It is actually a well known and rather posh gift shop that has been adorning the very central Via De’ Carbonesi for long. I first … More Bologna’s secret cat parlour
Sandra bought this house when she was in her mid-twenties. Not only because she fell in love with the place but also, she tells me, because this is the area where her grand parents fell in love, got married and then got married again (50 years later: golden wedding anniversary). It’s a secluded place, surrounded … More Crickets and green and country chic: Ca’ Maranghi in Val di Senio