The Photo Challenge #47 – Tour Guide

I was born and raised in Bologna, Italy, and I’m crazy in love with my hometown.
Why? Because Bologna is beautiful under any weather circumstance, the red of the bricks manages to brighten up even the worst foggy day. Because it has that Medieval touch I love so much. Because its many covered walkways protect you both from the rain in winter and the hellish heat in the summer. Because when it comes to food we are not prone to counting calories and we’re definitely not afraid of body fat. And, believe me, there are at least another hundred reasons.

It’s kind of impossible to accurately describe Bologna to people who were not born here. And I’m referring not only to people born in other countries, but also to people who were born somewhere else in Italy. Bologna is a way of life, something that runs in your veins, something you can never betray.

Two of the pictures are my mother’s. She kindly gifted them to me. Just check her IG account to take a full Bologna tour.


The Photo Challenge #41 – Temporary

Everything is temporary. This thought can be encouraging, if you’re going through a complicated time of your life, or not so much. Anyways, it is not about its being comforting or not; the fact is that temporary, for us mortal beings, is true.
Some things take longer times then others to unravel, but everything changes until it ends. Nothing is ever the same that it was just a few moments before. This is what temporary means to me.

The picture I chose for this week’s challenge was taken last autumn in Brisighella, a medieval burg in Emilia-Romagna (Italy), where medieval architectures mesh with modern buildings under the constant gaze of the beautiful clock tower that overlooks the burg.

The Photo Challenge #39 – Collage

If you ever find yourself in my hometown, Bologna (Italy), and you have a car you should definitely go visit Rocchetta Mattei. It’s a one hour trip, but it’s definitely worth it because, once you are there, you get to admire a castle so hypnotic and fantastic it seems to have just come out of who-knows-what fairytale.

Many different architectural styles, from different ages and from around the world, clash, combine and blend together like in a great collage.

And the surprises keep on coming as you continue your visit. Nothing in Rocchetta Mattei is what it seems: you think you’re seeing bricks, but you are actually looking at painted wood. You have the impression of seeing an inlaid wooden ceiling but it is actually papier-mâché. And so on.

I can’t do anything but highly recommend a visit, if you get the chance. For more pictures, you can click here.