Enoteca Italiana

If you enjoy wine — and really, isn’t that almost a requirement to visit or live here? — then at some point you’re going to want to find a nice wine store. Whether you’re visiting or living here, it’s one of those important things to know. G and I highly recommend Enoteca Italiana on the wonderfully named Via Malcontenti, not far from Via Indipendenza. It’s … Continue reading Enoteca Italiana

Halloween: Art History Style

There are a number of great exhibits going on right now in Bologna, some of which are lasting just a few more weeks, while others last through early next year, or are simply permanent. I visited a few museums last week and while I’m trying to find the time to actually post about them (and narrow down all of the photos I took), I thought … Continue reading Halloween: Art History Style

Italy on a Postcard

Bologna is a relatively big city, it’s a university city, and it’s a creative city. Combine those elements and it’s no surprise that you’ll often see protests and protest street art. Bleeding-heart liberal leftist socialist that I am, I tend to like a lot of it. The three countries I have family connections to — US, UK, Italy — all have crazy stuff going on … Continue reading Italy on a Postcard

A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca

Niccolò dell’Arca is the perfect example of the joys of trying to nail down even the most basic of details of early Renaissance artists. As in, no joy, because no one can decide on anything, from where he’s from to where he worked to when he completed certain works. Is he from Apuglia or Bari? Did he spend time in Dalmatia or were some of … Continue reading A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca

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Bologna’s Window to the Canal

I know I’ve written about Bologna’s canals before, although maybe not as much as I thought I had. But we do have them, even if not in the same quantity as in the Netherlands. Or at least not visible. There are still plenty of them beneath the city; they used to be much more visible but have been built over through the years. While some … Continue reading Bologna’s Window to the Canal