Italy art tour I: Bologna

Venue: Bologna

Lens: Sigma 35 mm f/1.4

Music: Plastic Made Sofa – Noodles for breakfast (

On the way to the Venice biennale I also visited several Italian cities and of course took some pictures. I didn’t aim to take travel shots with the main tourist spots as I’ve been to these places many many times over the years and find more interesting to explore the side streets. So I’ll present you a bit of a less known take with some street art and side street shots that I find very much worth seeing. At the end of the day, Italy itself is probably the biggest open air art museum one can visit. The first city on the list (due to the presence of a low-cost airport) is Bologna. Probably best known outside of Italy for the famous ragu (in English speaking countries known as Bolognese sauce, for pasta dishes), Bologna is actually home to the world’s oldest continuously working university. So apart from being a great place to eat, it is actually very lively and young at heart with all the students roaming its streets. But as always in Italy, you’re never too far from an old historic building or an ancient tradition…

Some graffiti in a very small side street at the very centre of Bologna. A small human-like creature seems to be riding a bigger camel-like creature, it would seem.
Another form of street art: a printed picture (anyone recognizes the lady?) posted on the wall with various messages written all over it.
The old backyard of the musical conservatory. Another beautiful hidden spot right in the centre of Bologna, on the back of one of the numerous historical churches and monasteries, free to visit by everyone.
Inside the music school.
The two leaning towers of Bologna, Asinelli and Garisenda, named after the two most powerful local families at the time. Garisenda had to be partially destroyed a few centuries ago because it started tilting too much and became dangerous.
The main cathedral in Bologna has a solar calendar inside, based on the sunbeam coming from the tiny hole up there.
Another little piece of street art that one can easily miss.
A little canal running in the back of some buildings, right next to our lunch spot.
A bit of ancient tradition as a contrast to the modern graffiti photos, with these catholic monks performing a religious ceremony in a monastery complex.


17 thoughts on “Italy art tour I: Bologna

  1. A certainly singular vision of that other aspect of Bologna that would have gone unnoticed by many. Magnificent images; especially those focused on the graffiti walls.


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