New speeding fines – up to 1,000 euros

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Drivers to face new fines up to €1,000 and 10 points of their licence. From 28th of October, drivers will face a whole slew of new sanctions. Those violating Article 142 of the Highway Code by not more than 10kph, will have to pay a penalty of €41 euros; between 10-40kph over the limit, €169 and […]

Illegal guides put tourists at risk

Friday, October 21st, 2016

– Growth in tourist numbers lead to new fears – Safety, insurance and hospitality issues With a huge growth in tourists visiting the city, there are fears that illegal guides are putting tourists at risk. For instance, “There are issues related to hospitality, security, health and safety that unlicensed guides clearly are not covered against,” […]

Lega Nord’s internal political spat goes public

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

A public post on Facebook called for the expulsion or  “a heavy disciplinary action” against Lucia Borgonzoni, famed for bringing the incumbent city mayor to a tie-breaker in the last elections. Ex-Provincial Commissioner Stefano Ruozzi tendered his resignation, which is being linked to internal leaks. However, Ruozzi countered that it was “…a natural expiration of […]

Io Vado e Non Evado. Comunque Pago una sanzione

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Tper’s  confusing rules By James Bird ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, goes the saying: The ‘validate-as-you-go’ system introduced in 2014 by Tper, has not only not impacted on fare dodging, it has demolished one of the very few conveniences for the paying passenger. Under the old system, you validated your ticket one time […]

11 Bolognese homes welcome refugees

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Workers, managers, families and singles complete ‘training’ After finishing their training course ‘Vesta’ 11 homes in the city will be prepared to offer their own homes to many foreign asylum seekers and refugees. The project Vesta is run in partnership with Camelot cooperative and includes the Sprar network – the protection system for asylum seekers […]

Tourist slams Bologna Press for being “#racist”

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

This is the verbatim email sent to us by a tourist called Louis Thorn, accusing our newspaper of being racist: “Hi bologna press, I am on holiday here and I have picked your newspaper twice. While reading your news paper I was shocked at what the content of it was and I expected more from […]

Stalingrado Bridge gets modern make-over

Monday, October 10th, 2016

By Ren Jingge Graffiti artists get a bad rap in Bologna but every once in a while someone starts a project which actually encourages them rather than speak out against their ‘anti-social’ activities. Speaking of which, a brilliantly choreographed one began recently here in Bologna. From the 1st-9th of October, hundreds of volunteer artists were […]

Thieves hit pharmacy Jackpot

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

€80,000 stashed in woman’s handbag Not even prizing a hole-in-the-wall from its hinges, would result in such a windfall as occurred in Via Varthema in the Murri area. Thieves targeted a pharmacist who was on her way to deposit shop takings at the bank. It all took place at 9.30am as the woman placed the […]

Beppe Maniglia throws in the towel

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

“No permit, so I won’t play there any more.” Bologna’s most famous street artist and rebel, Beppe Maniglia has finally given up any hope to ever play gain in Piazza Maggiore. Maniglia can normally be found blasting out tunes on his transformer-styled Harley Davidson motorbike on public holidays but no more. His last spat with […]

Merola’s ‘mea culpa’ moment

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Apology for ‘potential terrorist attack’ in Piazza Maggiore The mayor didn’t quite fall on his sword, but in order to conclude an embarrassing “hiccup” as he called it, Merola apologised for a van, which made its way into Piazza Maggiore sparking fears of a terrorist attempt during the Nomadi concert. There were thousands attending the concert, […]