Do you speak English?

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Guest list: Ester Martelli – Founder of International School Bologna Andrea Magelli – Founder of You Can Group Serena Bersani – President ASER Alberto Ronzani – Commercial Director of Birra Ronzani How often do you use English for business in Bologna? most of the time How important is speaking English for the city? very important especially for jobs […]


Sunday, March 1st, 2015

because… Saida-Bologna is a city full of art and culture with many monuments and beautiful churches. There’s building momentum too in global recognition for its popularity in satisfying food critics the world over. It’s also the only city where you can walk under 40km of porticoes and not get wet on a rainy day! Sara-there’s […]

Will they, won’t they?

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

After a much talked about US/Canadian takeover, Bologna is finally seeing some real success on the football field. The Rossoblu are in fantastic form in Serie B, having embarked on an eight-game unbeaten run in which they have accumulated 20 of a possible 24 points to surge into second place in the standings. Although, just […]

“City of gusto” prepares itself for Expo 2015

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

The two mayors of Bologna  and Milan – Merola and Pisapia – got together last year to confirm their commitment in sharing the spoils from Expo 2015. Hence, Bologna grabbed the end of the opportunity stick to promote itself as the brand City of Food (*Source: Bologna Today, 8.8.14) During the event both mayors exposed […]

50 shades of green at Expo

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

As if it couldn’t get any greener, Ireland is now being lauded as an exemplary country for the promotion and consumption of local produce. The spot light is being shone on the Irish for their gargantuan efforts to limit the environmental impact of the food industry, as mentioned in a local article: “Irlanda, un’idea a […]

A mecca of treasures

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

A mecca of treasures When considering a trip to Bologna, the Archaeological Museum is hardly the place which springs to mind and yet, to savour the true identity and history of Bologna, a visit to this little jewel in the heart of the centre is a must. A stone’s throw away from Piazza Maggiore lies […]

Nigel the expat

Sunday, March 1st, 2015


BIG BROTHER is watching you… park

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

In another swipe at motorcyclists who already face a mission impossible-like job to find a parking space of only 210x105cm in the center, the comune seems to have a new legal policy of photographing motorbikes. This information is then stored on databanks for future use.* Transport Minister Colombo says, “In this way, we can also […]

How to avoid making enemies of the natives

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

It’s never easy trying to integrate, particularly if the host nation is very different in culture, custom and language to your own homeland. For this reason, the following list, which is by no means exhaustive, is dedicated to all those workers, students, passing business folk and friendly faces who desire to make Bologna their home […]


Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Samja Schroeder is a fashion and interiors stylist from Berlin. She has been living in the centre of Bologna for six years. I am met by Samja and her bulldog Ettore at her front door. Large light filled rooms are filled with up-cycled furniture and decorated with paintings and objects she has found in markets […]