February 25, 2008

Bologna's new renaissance

Have you ever been in Bologna, the the capital city of Emilia-Romagna, in northern Italy? Home of the oldest university in the world, “Alma Mater Studiorum” founded back in 1088, the city is living a new renaissance. This could be the best time to pay a visit ...

For centuries, the northwest corner of old Bologna was an industrial zone, home to slaughterhouses, salt works and tobacco factories. But now the once neglected neighborhood, a 15-minute walk from the city center, is churning out a new commodity: art.
With a new museum, film center and concert hall, the wedge-shaped area — bounded roughly by Via Don Minzoni and Via Riva di Reno — has been refashioned into a new arts and cultural district known as Manifattura delle Arti, or Factory of the Arts ...
[The New York Times]


  1. Interesting. Emilia-Romagna is one of my favourite Italian regions so this renaissance of Bologna you are talking about makes me curious.

    Man of Roma

  2. Hi, Man of Roma, I plan to go there very soon with the family and have a look at it ...

  3. It seems a good idea. I love the place. As far as Emilia-Romagna, I recently found these very nice Terme, Bagno di Romagna, which were used as a thermal bath since ancient Roman times (Balneum, in Latin). It is located 90 km southeast of Bologna, and it is such a great place for relaxation.
    Having been there recently I was again so pleased by the *simpatia* of these people (not to mention the quality of their food).

  4. Nice place and good food, indeed. I've been there twice or thrice, because it’s on my way to the hermitage of Camaldoli (where I have been a regular visitor for years), in the Casentino, when I get there via E-45 instead of A-1. Have you ever been there?