Intriguing Bologna… in Black and White

Intriguing Bologna… in Black and White

Lively and lovely, Bologna is one of the few cities where I felt immediately at home.

Bologna - Piazza Maggiore

Blending classic architecture and colorful houses, wonderful squares and narrow alleys, simple but charming ‘Trattorie‘ and bustling bars, Bologna won my heart in an instant.

Bologna - A Beautiful Facade

So, why did I choose to share black and white photos, you may wonder? I wished to make this visual journey more intriguing, to let the readers imagine the colors, the life, the vibe, all so distinctive in Bologna.

The city doesn’t hold the magnificence of Rome, the aristocratic touch of Florence or the exuberant allure of Venice. Bologna’s charm is in its authenticity, the way in which the past perfectly merges with the present, every road and Piazza bursting with energy.

Bologna Old Town

Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno are two of the most beautiful squares in Italy, and the two iconic towers are an outstanding example of Medieval architecture.

The city is also famous for its porticoes, some of which finely decorated, extending for 38 km (24 miles) across the historical centre. There’s nothing like a stroll along the arcades to mingle with the local life: students, families, elderly people, all just living and enjoying their own city.

Bologna Amazing Architecture

The fascination of Bologna is in its nonchalant vibe, the hidden corners full of charm, popping up all of a sudden like beautiful surprises.

Bologna - Palazzo Re Enzo Courtyard

Bologna is definitely not an open-air museum, rather a city where the superb architecture of the past is completely part of the daily life. That’s why I loved it. The reason I found it so intriguing.

Have you ever been to Bologna and if so, what did you enjoy the most?

Bologna - Palazzo dell'ArchiginnasioBologna - Palazzo dell'Arch


Note: A big thank you goes to Emilia Romagna Turismo for the invitation to spend a few days at the Blogville house and get to know more of this awesome Italian region. As always, opinions are my own, and the beauty of Bologna speaks for itself 🙂


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  • William Sabia
    Posted at 10:28h, 23 October Reply

    I’m going to Bologna this weekend for a food tour. Can’t wait. I liked your photos. Black and White made it feel so calm

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 11:19h, 23 October Reply

      Bologna IS definitely one of the best places in Italy to take a food tour. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time!

  • Martina @Bullo an Italian Blog
    Posted at 22:50h, 07 October Reply

    I used to live in Bologna as a college student and the thing I love at most of this town is that culture is in the air. The vibrant University block, the way people are seriously dressed, the students gatherings on the public squares, the music festivals and theaters shows held any time of the year – I can go on and on and on!
    This is the reason why we use to call it ‘Bologna, la Dotta’ = ‘Bologna, the Intellectual’
    I find the choice to depict it in b&W perfectly matching!
    …and finally…did you eat something special? I am curious!

  • Kathryn Burrington
    Posted at 13:20h, 30 September Reply

    These really are wonderful Simon! Don’t think I’ve converted any of my photos from BlogVille (this year or last) but you’ve inspired me. I love photographing architecture and it does often lend itself to black and white as you have superbly shown here.

  • Corinne
    Posted at 08:54h, 29 September Reply

    I agree, Bologna doesn’t really hold the fascination like some of Italy’s other big names, but Jim and I stayed downtown for a couple of days and did the same things you have pictured…Loved it. I thought the city had a very calm, laid-back feeling as well. I love your photos! Love B&W!

  • Melissa
    Posted at 19:02h, 27 September Reply

    Those pictures! What a great idea to shoot Bologna in black-and-white. The photos are gorgeous. I was in Bologna a few months ago and was also attracted to the way the old is part of the everyday. I loved it. My next few blog posts will about about Bologna, actually.

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