Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Ped(estrian) Bologna

Signs P7040638 res2 Bologna is sometimes known as la Grassa (the fat one) because of its food-centricity, sometimes as Red Bologna because of its architecture and politics: you can stroll Bus P7040701 along the Via Antonio Gramsci or take the bus to Rosa Luxemburg. Transport plays a major part in Bologna’s story - Bologna station is seared into Italy's collective memory not because it is one of the country's most important rail hubs, but because station P1070609 of the terrorist bomb attack which killed 85 people at 10.25am one day in August 1980. The attack was attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari, and there have been long-standing suspicions that Italy's secret services were involved, due Station Clock P1070607 to the explosives used for the bomb and the political climate in which the massacre happened. But it has never been proved. This clock, forever at 10.25, commemorates the awful day. Bologna was a shock return to cars and traffic after Venice. But though it has streets and not canals, Columns P1070568  Bologna is good for pedestrians - “Ped Bologna”? The well preserved medieval centre is renowned for its elegant and extensive arcades, of which there are around 38 km in the city's historical centre (over 45 km in the entire city). So it’s possible to walk for long distances sheltered from rain, snow, or, at this time of year, hot summer sun. Public spaces are well used - there's a cinema festival in the main square Piazza Maggiore - thousands of people sitting under the stars watched giant black and white images of Marlon Brando “On The Waterfront.” Brando P7030615

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