Ex-pat’s Farewell

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
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After 33 years teaching in Italy I decided it was time for a move. Time to resurrect. Time to dust off the years of Italian scuola media course books telling me that it was ‘raining cats and dogs’ and that ‘hello’ was a common form of greeting. Time to explore the English of the streets […]

9 Reasons Why You Must Visit BOLOGNA…now

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
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1. 40km of porticoes which may soon get UNESCO heritage approval. 2. Medieval towers dot the skyline with incredible views over the city. 3. University of Bologna is almost 1,000 years old! 4. The 7 Churches of Santo Stefano and the piazza are a sightseer’s gift from the Bolognesi. 5. The Archiginnassio is simply breath-taking: […]

MAFIA FREE CITY

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
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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 […]

SUMMER CHAOS!

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
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…for tourists & local businesses Bologna is quite literally closing for the summer and even beyond, or so it would seem from the never-ending barriers to prevent traffic and pedestrians from moving around the city. Narrow metal corridors are herding people through the streets making it a nightmare to navigate. Imagine therefore how families, people […]