Piazza Santo Stefano

One of the well-known spots in Bologna is Piazza Santo Stefano. Locals and tourists alike can’t help but love this triangular square. Yes, a triangular square. It starts off narrow and then broadens as you approach the Basilico di Santo Stefano. The church itself is actually made up of seven churches and some of the original construction dates back to the fifth century. I’ll go … Continue reading Piazza Santo Stefano

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Weathered but Wonderful Art

I’ve been thinking about doing a theme this week of some of the Bologna street art. As I’ve said before, there’s plenty of your standard graffiti, but there’s also a lot of really amazing street art. I’ve seen some in recent weeks that takes my breath away and really makes me think — and want to create. However, this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “weathered” … Continue reading Weathered but Wonderful Art

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The Feast of St. Martin

November 11 is the Feast of St. Martin of Tours. He was a Roman soldier who was baptized as an adult and went on to become a monk after having a dream. There are churches all over the place dedicated to him and it’s usually easy to tell by some of the imagery in or on the church. He’s best known for coming across a … Continue reading The Feast of St. Martin

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Celebrating Bologna’s Saint’s Day

Each saint in the Catholic Church has his or her own special day dedicated to them. If you happen to be named after a saint — and lots of people are — then you sometimes get to celebrate your saint’s day. If you’re a city, you have your own patron saint. Bologna’s patron saint is San Petronio and his day of celebration is today, 4 … Continue reading Celebrating Bologna’s Saint’s Day