A place is often so much more interesting when seen through the eyes of a local. In April I traveled to Bologna to visit a fellow Erasmus friend, and although not strictly a local he proved to be the perfect tour guide.
In vague order of appearance:
The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, reached by the Portico di San Luca which consists of 666 arches, built to protect religious icons as they paraded up the hill.
The Palazzo dei Notai.
Basilico di San Petronio, in Piazza Maggiore.
A clock marked Banca di Roma, hanging in one of Bologna’s many porticoes, that stretch for 40km. They are now an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Statue of Neptune, in Piazza San Maggiore.
And finally one of the two remaining Towers of Bologna.
You may be wondering what the meaning of the post title is; it is the name of a film that I went to see on my first day in Bologna, it’s a fascinating satirical Italian crime drama with an even more fascinating sound track.
Other interesting and delicious places visited were Osteria dell’Orsa where I sampled some of Bologna’s finest Tortellini, and Bar Senza Nome, Italy’s first and only bar that is owned and managed by staff who are hard of hearing.
Had I visited Bologna without the wisdom of a local resident, I would never have discovered many of the little quirks and the true character of this historic and lively city.