Bologna Local Customs

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    Mr Guitar Man

    by sue_stone Written Nov 15, 2006

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    On our first visit to Bologna back in Sep 2002 we spent quite a bit of time hanging out in Piazza Maggiore, just watching the world go by with a coffee or gelato. However, each time we sat back to relax for a while we were rudely interrupted by some loud music playing just around the corner in Piazza Nettuno.

    On investigation, the man responsible for the racket was a leather clad, motorcycle riding, long haired muscle man! Mr 'Guitar Man', as we christened him, was playing a tiny electric guitar very loud, over the top of piped music. What class!!

    He seemed to be playing several times a day, and his twangs could be heard from all around. I will never forget his style - hair blowing in the breeze while he played his heart out to a dodgy version of Tina Turners "We don't need another Hero".....and clearly we don't, cause we have the Guitar Man, and he was so cool he could even give the Hoff a run for his money ; )

    what a man! Guitar man's youngest fan
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    Caffetteria Terzi: the coffe paradise

    by ludogatto Updated Jun 4, 2008

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    Terzi, mescita e commercio caffè e te pregiati
    Via Oberdan 10
    h. 8.00 - 18-00
    Closed sunday

    My prefered place to take a coffe or a tea is this, in venetian stucchi style, with gentle weiters that explain you all the type of coffe.
    It's located in the central Via Oberdan, away from the main street, there is this parfumed and secial place.......
    The caffetteria Terzi sell and prepare not the usual day coffe or tea, the owner select the best cru of coffe, from all over the world and he can help you in the choose.
    There are 50 variety of tea, and tisane too that are made with a hot woter from a original Samovar.
    There are special recipts like nuts, pistacchio, pepeper coffe or viennoise cappuccino and the superb Cremino:.3 layers of coffee and cream served in a parfait glass....it's a little bit expensive than the other place, but it's not Starbuck!

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  • Don't climb the Asinelli tower if you still study

    by Fra.da. Updated Mar 28, 2007

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    The Asinelli tower is the tallest between the two famous towers of Bologna. You can climb it and it costs 3 €, the panorama is really awsome and it's worth doing.... but... students who study at Bologna University do not climb the Asinelli Tower until they get their degree. "Asino" in Italian means "donkey" in English, "asino" stands also for people who are not clever and who don't get good marks at school. So if you climb the Asinelli Tower it brings you bad luck and you become an "asino"!! ... I am still a law student at Bologna Alma Mater University, I would love to climb the Asinelli Tower but I won't until I finish my studies!
    [Well, actually, I DID climb the tower once... I was 12 on my school trip! But I hope it doesn't matter.... :) ]

    Update, Feb. 2007: I finally got my law degree!!! Yeah... :) But I haven't climbed the tower yet... maybe during my next visit to Bologna... When I do it, I'll post the pics!!! ....

    Asinelli (the tallest) & Garisenda (the smallest)
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  • How University was born

    by Fra.da. Written Dec 9, 2006

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    Bologna has the oldest University in the world, founded in 1088. It's called the "Alma Mater Studiorum" because it was the very first one to be born. The first faculty was law, and it was founded by a monk, called Irnerio, who started teaching the old Roman law to students who joined his classes. University was not an organization yet, there were just groups of clever students following their teacher. Of course they needed to know ancient latin.
    University became an organization much later, the first "state" University in Italy was in Naples and it was founded by Federico II (it is called "Università Federico II" even now).
    Bologna University is still one of the biggest in Italy.

    University logo
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    Arte muralis

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 30, 2013

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    This are nice pieces of work and look very atractive. The first graphite is painted on the front facade of an house which is under major reconstruction works and it will probably disappeared in a while. To bad because it is nice piece of work and funny. The other one is painted on a wall in porticoe which is situated right opposite to the main entrance of the university (Universita degli studi). You can't miss it coz it still stands there.

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    Flea market at Piazza San Stefano

    by croisbeauty Written Jan 30, 2013

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    I was several times in Bologna, before and after this visit in 2006, but never before have seen this flea market in Piazza San Stefano. Could it be that the fair is taking place each year around 10th of June, which was the day of my visit?
    The local lady have explain, the antique market held every second Sunday of the month. Here on Piazza San Stefano one can find jewelry, furniture, carpets and picture frames. Don't be surprised if prices are high, one must be very skillful in burgain to reduce them. In case one is interesting in books or lace, there is another smaller flea market held on Thursdays in via Valdonica and Piazza San Martino.

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    Bologna's magnificent arcades :-)

    by Trekki Updated Nov 6, 2014

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    Ask ten people and you will hear 20 different numbers – but I think all agree that Bologna’s arcades or portici are covering walkways for more than 40 km throughout town. One day I might go out on a quest with a measuring tape and find the proper number.... The longest connected arcade however is Portico di San Luca, covering the 3,796 km (says Bologna Welcome website) walkway up to ySantuario San Luca on Guardia Hill, southwest of town.

    But it does not matter how many kilometres the arcades of Bologna are, it is fun to walk them, because they ensure to keep dry even in the worst weather and they provide heavenly shade in hot summers. I have read that they were built out of the necessity to provide more space in the medieval days when the university grew and more room for students was needed. So they could enlarge the houses from the first floor on without loosing the walkways. If that’s true or if also here travel writers repeat what they read .... I don’t know.

    It is fun to walk around the city and find the most beautiful ones. My favourite is the one of Banca D’Italia (third photo), to the western side of Piazza Carvour, the park. The vaults of this arcade are beautifully frescoed. Talking about money.....

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    Lampione Liberty

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 30, 2013

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    This huge lantern called Liberty, recently restored, is hanging in the palace Re Enzo since 1920, actually at its corner on Piazza Nettuno and Via Rizzoli.
    "Ogni vita che nasce porta luce sulla terra" (EVERY LIFE THAT IS BORN BRINGS LIGHT TO THE EARTH), this striking thought inspired the mayor of Bologna, Mr. Virginio Merola, turning on a lantern post for every newborn in the city. What a nice and moving idea, welcome to every newborn in the city, a symbolic flash to share with everyone a moment of joy in Bologna!

    Lampione Liberty

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    Padre Marella

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 22, 2013

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    This city site is simply called "Angollo di Padre Marella" and every citizens of Bologna knows it perfectly well. Don Olinto Marella (1882-1969), known as Padre Marella, was the good spirit of the city. After WW II he established orphanage in the city of Bologna for all kids who lost their parents during the big war.
    Padre Marella used to stand on this corner, each and every day, with the hat in his hand begging small money for his orphans and securing them warm accomodation and daily food....

    the corner of padre Marella

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    Motorbikes, bikes and lots of beautiful girls

    by croisbeauty Written Jun 18, 2006

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    One of my first impression was, Bologna is place with lots of motorbikes, bikes and beautiful girls (not neccesserelly in that order). Having old medieval structure in its central parts, motorbike is certainly the best and the quickiest way to move around. The same goes for bike which is, of course, a bit slower but probably more convinient. Next time I'll take my bike with, that is for sure. And finally, sugar at the end, there are thousands of beautiful girls in Bologna and you'll meet them on any corner of the city. If I am only twenty.

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    1001 shades of earth

    by Trekki Updated Nov 6, 2014

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    Walking through Bologna is not only a feast for the eyes with all the lovely details like lamps, arcades, doorknockers and such. It is also a feast for the eye because of the different shades of red, orange, terracotta, sienna – earthen colours. One of the three nicknames of town is “La Rossa”, meaning “The Red”. Although ... this is not exactly true because my Italian friends told me that “La Rossa” is not deriving from the colours but from the traditional left wing politicians who ruled the town until now.

    Whatever the proper explanation is – anyone who liked colours, anyone who likes natural colours, will love to walk around and find even the slightest new shade of earth colours. I did, certainly.

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    Truely magnificent business signs

    by Trekki Updated Nov 6, 2014

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    Bologna is a town to walk around, not only for visiting museums and churches. And while walking around you will notice very striking details, which, most probably due to the size of town, come along in a very large variety.
    That’s what I like when I wander around in larger cities: “hunting” for similar details.

    Among the most fascinating details I found in Bologna were these old “signs” of trade. For example the splendid clock in the portico in front of Banca di Roma in Via Ugo Bassi, just opposite of the large structure of Biblioteca Sala Borsa. Just a few metres away is the pharmacy (farmacia) Zarri, established 1818, with an equally beautiful lamp in the portico. Or the pretty sign of a former shoemaker in Via dei Musei (third photo). In Via Clavature I found this nice sign made of ceramic tiles, once the shop of a manufacturer of ceramic tiles of Faenza type.

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    "Hunt" for fabulous old doors and patios

    by Trekki Updated Nov 5, 2014

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    Bologna is a town to walk around, not only for visiting museums and churches. And while walking around you will notice very striking details, which, most probably due to the size of town, come along in a very large variety.
    That’s what I like when I wander around in larger cities: “hunting” for similar details.

    This is about the magnificent old doors and patios. Several times, when I was walking through the town, my jaw dropped because of the wonderful elaborate doors and gates into lovely set patios. I liked especially the ones in my first and the second photo with their cast iron work. The second one is one of the doors of the bank Cassa di Risparmio in Via Luigi Carlo Farini, between Santo Stefano and Piazza Galvani (south of San Petronino). Several of the wonderful old palazzi have patios with also cast iron gates and enchanting greenery inside. It must be nice to live or work in one of these to have the chance for a nice lunch break in the share among all the plants.

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    Fairs in Bologna

    by Azhut Written Apr 10, 2004

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    Every year Bologna hosts many fairs called "Fiere" in italian. At the forefront of the fair region, with advanced services for the organizers, exhibitors, and visitors. Fairs in Bologna propose an international fair calendar for not only Italy, but for other countries abroad. From the site www.bolognafiere.it

    How to get Bologna Fairs region from the airport
    The Guglielmo Marconi International Airport in Bologna is linked directly to Bolognafiere by a convenient AEROBUS BLQ shuttle service.

    The G. Marconi Airport in Bologna will be closed from May 3rd to July 2nd 2004 for the runway improvement and extension by 350 meters.

    For more information, visit the Website:
    www.bologna-airport.it

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    The other towers of Bologna

    by croisbeauty Written Sep 22, 2006

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    In the medieval times there were about 180 towers in Bologna, most of them built by the local noble families. Actually, it was a kind of competition among themselves in order to show the importance and the riches of particular family. Not much of the towers survived, besides most famous Asinelli and Garisenda, there are still remained the towers Prendiparte, Azzoguidi, Torresotto and few others of minor importance.

    Torresotto

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