Green oases and modern facilities on the seashore around Ravenna

Small fishing villages characterised by a wide beach with modern facilities standing in a surprisingly beautiful area. This is a natural protected area between the sea and the age old Pineta di San Vitale. But it also an area with an important industrial pole with major petrochemical factories, an efficient harbour with cruise and ferry boat terminals. You could argue: there is a strong contrast between the two sides of this lagoon with swamps, marshes with fishermen’s huts on one side and with big industrial buildings, cruise ships, boats and trucks along the road on the other side…

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Bologna in 12 bike stops!

On 28 August I accompanied a group of guys from Hungary and Denmark, travelling here in Emilia – Romagna for work, on a bike ride around the city centre.
Riding a bike downtown following an historical path is quite a fascinating and amazing experience in Bologna since it is a great way to discover the old beautiful corners of the city. Continue reading Bologna in 12 bike stops!

Un viaggio tra natura incontaminata e folklore locale

E’ stato davvero un viaggio bellissimo, tra la natura incontaminata delle Isole Azzorre, l’Oceano Atlantico e la culturale portoghese delle isole (perché le Azzorre sono Portogallo, come giustamente i portoghesi ci tengono a sottolineare). Stavolta non sono stato io a fare da guida, ma l’hanno fatta più che altro gli altri per me (Milly in prima battuta!). Avevamo studiato in realtà l’itinerario di base, per visitare 4 isole, poi il resto l’abbiamo lasciato al caso. Terceira, Sao Miguel, Pico e Faial sono 4 bellissime isole, tanto che passando dall’una all’altra non sapevamo più dire stilare una classifica, per decretarne la più bella…

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“Visioni di Eterno” projection mapping makes the Neonian Baptistery come to life

During the patron Saint’s festival (Sant’Apollinare), every year Ravenna chooses one of its World Heritage monuments for a 3D mapping projection, realized by a young artist. This year the selected monument was the Neonian Baptistery, which for three unforgettable nights has served as the screen of Andrea Bernabini’s projection mapping.

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Everything Bologna: a cultural city bike tour!

Bologna is my hometown! Not for this reason I have to say it is really underestimated, maybe because surrounded by other more famous nearby cities such as Milan, Florence and Venice, maybe simply because over the last decades Bologna has gone through important and sometimes difficult social changing which were inevitable for its rapid and massive growth.

However Bologna still remains a hugely beautiful city. And it’s an extremely safe place, except for few specific parts of the city …

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The Town of the Sun

Terra del Sole” means “Town of the Sun” and consists of an outstanding jewel that is little known by the people, even here in the north of Italy. In fact, it was built in 1564 for Cosimo I de’ Medici by Baldassarre Lanci of Urbino, in what is now the Province of Forlì-Cesena, the heart of Romagna. In the past these territories belonged to the Duchy of Tuscany even if they rested on this cultural area called Romandiola, hence Romagna.

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A Roman theatre in Bologna downtown

A Roman theatre in Bologna downtown

During the last edition of FAI Spring Days I went for the first time to see the Roman Theatre in via Carbonesi in Bologna centre.
This tribute to the great emperor, Augustusm, who died two thousand years ago, is the theme also in our region where he left his mark on the development and restructuring of many urban centres and agricultural lands, distributed among his legionaries. This theatre in Bologna is the oldest brick theatre of the Roman era …