Bologna takes bronze in race for crime hot spot

Friday, January 1st, 2016
illustration of a ribboned bronze medal with laurel wreath and number, eps10

The statistics divulged via the Department for Public Security of the Interior Ministry, reveal startling insights about crime rates across the region. In research carried out by Il Sole 24 Ore, Bologna rose up to sixth overall for general crime reported in 2014: 6,207 per 100 thousand inhabitants. Ravenna Province jumps to number one for […]

News in brief

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Robbed in Saffi after being tasered A 41 year old was robbed around 10 o’clock in the evening in Via Piave. A stranger approached him to ask for a cigarette while he was sitting on a bench in the garden of the former velodrome. Soon after he lost consciousness for a few seconds, and when […]

Rich Bolognese cougar uses hard up personal trainer as sex slave

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Man fell on hard times then got tricked into luxury holidays and fine dining. For more than two years a 50 years old man from Rome, claims to have been forced to have sex with a Bolognese woman, 53. The woman, said to belong to a prominent family of nobility allegedly showered him with expensive […]

Violence Against Women Campaign

Friday, January 1st, 2016

On November the 25th the annual campaign against violence towards women took to the streets of Bologna. It began with a flash mob in Piazza XX Settembre and proceeded to Piazza Nettuno. Thousands of women and men attended the event while a cortege representing a long colourful scarf was paraded along the whole route. It […]

American tourist robbed at Bologna Centrale by ‘helpers’

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

In early September, Virginia Richardson was approached by two gentlemen, who offered to carry her luggage and accompany her to the platform to catch a train to Verona. Her initial trip to Bologna included Italian classes and since she has thousands of followers on her blog curated from New York (aka Gina Girasole), Virginia is […]

More suspects picked-up in Legacoop corruption scandal

Thursday, November 26th, 2015
Isabella Conti

As if it could not get any worse for the mega-construction firm, it’s president and former PD senator Rita Ghedini was subpoenaed by prosecutors. She is the sixth suspect in the investigation into the alleged pressure and threats to the mayor of San Lazzaro Isabella Conti, who vetoed a maxi-settlement building (see photo above). The […]

Huge Anti-Mafia rally for ‘Libera’

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

In what has been billed as an enormous success against the rising tide of mafia influence in the Emilia Romagna region, Don Luigi Ciotti led a procession through the streets of Bologna accumulating with speeches by politicians in Piazza dell’8 Agosto. Don Ciottti, born in Pieve di Cadore (province of Belluno) on September 10, 1945, […]


Sunday, March 1st, 2015

In another huge anti-mafia operation on 29th January, 160 suspects were rounded up in Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma but not in Bologna. According to the state Chief Prosecutor Roberto Alfonso, “So far we have no probative evidence that in Bologna there is a joint organization. Throughout the Emilia Romagna region there is a contact […]