Villa Smeraldi, the Peasant and Farming Culture Museum

Today, Bologna and the Emilia Plain is one of the most modern, advanced and industrialized areas in Italy. But the region’s roots are agricultural, a kind of work that has mostly disappeared in the everyday life of the most people. However, no less than fifty years ago it was the base of the economy and… Continue reading Villa Smeraldi, the Peasant and Farming Culture Museum

San Petronio: a church against the Church

Every day I take a walk through the center of my home city, Bologna, and pass in front of our big basilica, San Petronio. It proudly dominates the iconic main square, Piazza Maggiore. However, San Petronio looks a bit strange. Its facade is divided in two parts: the lower half covered with marble, the upper half… Continue reading San Petronio: a church against the Church