August 2: In remembrance of the Massacre of Bologna (Strage di Bologna)

“Uscii dall’ufficio per una ricognizione e si aprì l’inferno: corpi straziati, incastrati nelle lamiere, cadaveri sui binari, volti terrorizzati. C’era sangue ovunque, fino al sesto binario… Anche con il cuore a pezzi i treni dovevano circolare, questo era il mio compito.” Flaviano Pezzett “L’impulso fu quello di unirmi ai soccorritori, ma quando vidi estrarre dalle…

A visit to the Museum of the History of Bologna

Housed inside the grand Palazzo Pepoli, in Via Castiglione 8, is the Museum of the History of Bologna (Museo dell Storia di Bologna). Exhibited inside are the narratives and collections of the city from the Etruscan to the modern period. Things that I find interesting are the 3d cinema room showing a short animated film…

Free cinema every Sunday at Cinema Teatro Auditorium GAMALIELE

Now that most movies could be watched online and at home, cinemas still offer a certain nostalgia in watching a film together with some people (not to mention the thrill of not being able to pause the film halfway!). If you want to share the experience with friends and family, you could do so in…

Catholic Saints in Bologna and where you could find their relics

Saints Vitalis (Vitale) and Agricola at the Complesso di Santo Stefano: The remains of Saints Vitale and Agricola, who were the first Christian martyrs of Bologna, could be found inside the Chapel of San Vitale and Agricola inside the complex of the Basilica di Santo Stefano.  The ground where the chapel now stands is believed…

Learning the Italian language in Bologna

“Una nuova lingua è una nuova vita.” “A new language is a new life.” Learning a new language could be difficult but it is something one must do not only to survive but also to live well in a foreign land. You would need it not only to do mundane tasks like grocery shopping but…

Dante’s Inferno inside the Basilica di San Petronio

“I am the way into the city of woe, I am the way into eternal pain, I am the way to go among the lost. Justice caused my high architect to move, Divine omnipotence created me, The highest wisdom, and the primal love. Before me there were no created things But those that last forever—as…

A place for film enthusiasts in Bologna: Biblioteca Renzo Renzi

“We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls. They allow us to enter other minds, not simply in the sense of identifying with the characters, although that is an important part of it, but by seeing the world as another person sees it. François Truffaut said that for…

How to enroll at a university for migrant workers in Italy

The Filipino Expat, a travel and lifestyle blog,  first published an article I wrote in 2016 on how to get a university degree in Italy for Filipinos entitled How to get a university degree for migrant workers in Italy, which was supposed to be found under the Integration section.  But since the website has been having…

Libri Liberi: a place in Bologna where books are free

View this post on Instagram Found this book today edited by one of my former professors at UniBo #libriliberi #bologna #freebooks #books #discoveringbologna A post shared by Elisha Hidalgo (@ig_elisha) on Mar 16, 2019 at 11:14am PDT Located in Via San Petronio Vecchio (57) at the center of Bologna, I recently discovered a place, which…