Cinema Italiano

The museum of modern art in Bologna (MAMbo) has all the things you would expect to find in a contemporary art space; large sculptures of an almost industrial nature, paintings in monotone blocks and thought-provoking ceramics.  I make no pretence to understand it; when the Turner Prize took up residence at Gateshead's Baltic a few … Continue reading Cinema Italiano

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A Church Within a Church Within a…

I was probably spoilt by my first visit to Piazza San Stefano in Bologna, for two reasons: first it was a Sunday and so the flea market was in full swing, and second it was in a cafe here that I first tasted "tortellini in brodo" so the memorability of the afternoon is guaranteed. The irregular space … Continue reading A Church Within a Church Within a…

Senza Spaghetti

The TV Chef, and one-man Padstow Tourist Board that is Rick Stein is spending long weekends in locations renowned for the quality of their food for his latest series.  Whilst I totally understood his decision to visit Bordeaux and Vienna, I was surprised that Reykjavik was on his itinerary and Berlin, though it probably says … Continue reading Senza Spaghetti

Gymnasium of the Mind

Running alongside Bologna's cathedral is a street of shops and cafes aimed at the well-heeled visitor (of whom there are plenty) but if this were all that caught your eye you would easily bypass one of the city's gems as you missed the archway into the courtyard beyond. Actually street is a word that always feels … Continue reading Gymnasium of the Mind

Petronius of Bologna

In my Venetian postings I commented on the plethora of saints that are recognised by the Roman Catholic church, and the symbolism that accompanies them; St Anthony of Padua being a prime example.  Bologna introduced me to a new name in the list of the venerated - St Petronius.  Never heard of him?  No me … Continue reading Petronius of Bologna

Twin Towers

I used to have a beautiful photograph of the Tuscan hill town San Gimignano (I think by Andrea Rontini) bathed in the golden hour light of the setting sun.  Sadly in "the great divide" my ex won that particular toss of the coin and the image of a town known as the "Medieval Manhattan" because … Continue reading Twin Towers

Portico Quartet

Some years ago I came across the music of Jack Wylie, Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Nick Mulvey; a modern jazz sound which was given an exotic touch by Mulvey's choice of instrument - the hang.  Together they were known as The Portico Quartet until Mulvey (and then his replacement Keir Vine) left the band. … Continue reading Portico Quartet