Bella Italia (on the radio)

ArkadenMy love for Italy is not only due to the good food, the beautiful language and the people, but derives also from the fantastic music. Take a peek at what playlist I have chosen for our radio show.

On this week’s Globalogic radio show, we chose Italy as the country dedicated to our musical visit. In case you were wondering about the playlist or if we forgot to mention one artist or another, these are the songs that we played:

  1. Gaber – Non mi sento italiano
  2. Don Giovanni
  3. Verdena – Scegli me
  4. Tony Redis – Quando quando quando
  5. Trollalero genovese
  6. Jovanotti – Penso positivo
  7. Elisa – Qualcosa che non c`é
  8. 99 posse
  9. Subsonica – Nuvole rapide
  10. Louis Prima – Buena sera signorina
  11. Adriano Celentano- Azurro

One of my favourite picks is the song „Qualcosa che non c`é“ for the simple reason that a friend of mine recommended me her, when I was staying in Bologna, Italy for six months in 2010.

Speaking of Bologna, I had a look at some old pictures….

La rossa, la grassa, la dotta –that is what Bologna as the capital of the region Emiglia-Romana is known for. La Rossa (the red one) is quite obvious, because most of the houses are red or have a red-ish colour – and because of its political orientation. La grassa meaning ‘the fat one’ stands for its heavy, sometimes greasy food as known from ‘Tagliatelle al ragù bolognese`. And finally la dotta (‘the savant’) is referring to the famous university, being one of the oldest in the whole of Europe.

Arcades Arkaden

Especially in spring or autumn, when it is not too hot, Bologna is definitely worth a visit. Yet, the arcades that cover the city for almost 40 kilometres make it also possible to either stroll through the city in pouring rain or in unbearable heat.

Astonishing architecture

Piazza Maggiore – One of the most breath-taking places in Bologna is ‘La piazza Maggiore’. As the center of the city, it is surrounded by beautiful architecture of ‘Piazza Nettuno’ and ‘il Palazzo d’ Accursio’ in the West, and ‘il Palazzo del Podestà’ and ‘la Basilica San Petronio’ on the southern side.  The latter one is a prime example of Italian gothic and was finished only three centuries later after the first stone was led in the 14th century. The reason: Originally, it was supposed to be even bigger than the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The pope – however – did not like this idea and so plans had to be changed.

San Petronio                Piazza Nettuno

            Basilica San Petronio                                                        Piazza Nettuno

Piazza Maggiore

Il Palazzo del Podestà

As Italians are very superstitious, there is also a certain rule for this place. Many students refuse to cross ‘la Piazza Maggiore’. Instead they prefer to walk in the shade of San Petronio as if they were vampires crumbling into dust, if they were to set a foot in the middle of Piazza Maggiore. This derives from the superstitious belief that students will not graduate from University if they do so.

The same thing is applies to the ‘Due Torri’ (Two towers) that are the prominent mark of Bologna. In the middle ages Bologna was covered by little towers. Today, only students that have graduated from University climb the stairs of the ‘due Torri’ to enjoy the magnificent view over the city. Yet, they are also quite spectacular from the outside.

Due torri Verena in Bologna 204

Le due torri – they are so big, that it is hard to capture them. They are leaning, due to earthquakes, and the taller one is almost 100 metres high.

Bottelón in Italian

What some might already know from Spain is also quite common in Bologna. In the summer many young people meet in the piazza of Santo Stefano with a bottle of wine and drink outside in a big group. Sometimes accompanied by the sounds of a guitar, sometimes by small groups singing. A cheap and common way to start the evening.


Piazza Santo Stefano on a cloudy day.

However, ‘Piazza Santo Stefano’ is more than that. To me it was one of my favourite and most picturesque places in Bologna. It is locally known as Sette Chiese (“Seven Churches”) and you have a view that includes the facades of the Church of the Crucifix, Holy Sepulchre, and San Vitale and Agricola. An antiquarian flea market that takes place on some weekends completes this picture.

I could keep on writing for hours, but my only suggestion is go on and check it out yourself. With its own airport close-by, Bologna is served by many airlines and from most European countries.

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