Back To Bologna

Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca
Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

Lately traveling and schoolwork has gotten the best of me, so I apologize for being MIA on blogging, but I’m back! I’ve got lots of travels to catch up on, but let’s forget about those for a while and talk about life in Bologna. This past weekend I decided to stay in Bologna, spend some time relaxing, and to take a break from crazy adventures.

Via Stalingrado, the bridge right next to my dorm/campus
Via Stalingrado, the bridge right next to my dorm/campus

However, it ended up being a crazy weekend anyways! On Sunday, there was an anti-immigration rally in the center of town. Matteo Salvini, an Italian politician who is an active leader of “the Northern League”, was a part of the rally and a main speaker during the event. While I didn’t end up listening to his speech in Piazza Maggiore, I found myself in some other shenanigans.

"First the poor." "We do not want fascists in Bologna."
“First the poor.” “We do not want fascists in Bologna.”

Adriana, Samuele (our Italian friend), and I went into the city for breakfast and decided to wander around the streets and see a bit of the rally. We ended up joining a crowd that was walking towards the piazza, protesting against Salvini. We even found one of our professors in the crowd taking photos! While other groups of protestors on the outskirts of the city got a bit aggressive, we were lucky enough experience the event with a calmer group of protestors.

It was very exciting to experience this event and especially to be walking with the anti-racism, anti-fascism groups protesting against Salvini and “la lega nord”. I’ve really grown to love Bologna. And this weekend just made me fall more in love. I’ve gotten to see so much of the city, inside and out, and I’ve met a lot of interesting people who have shared their view of the Bologna with me.

San Luca from a distance
San Luca from a distance

Sometimes a nice relaxing weekend without all the stress of travel can turn into a great adventure too!

Inside San Luca
Inside San Luca

Besides this thrilling weekend, I’ve had the chance to explore other parts of Bologna during my school days. I took a solo trip up to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca and spent some time enjoying the panoramic views of Italy on a random Monday. I explored parts of the city I haven’t seen before, and came across the best chocolate shop in Bologna. And I even delighted in a night out with some friends in the program that I haven’t spent much time with before.

View of Bologna from the top of the portico walk
View of Bologna from the top of the portico walk

Just these little adventures around beautiful Bologna have changed my perspective of the city. And all my solo trips to and from our classroom in the center have allowed me the time to reflect on my time here in Italy.

HIdden canals in Bologna!
Hidden canals in Bologna!

Bellissima Bologna, I wish that everyone could get the chance to visit this wonderful city even if just for a day!

Tea shop I have to visit again
Tea shop I have to visit again

Until next time, grazie per leggendo! xx