A city of reds, ochres, porticos and pork.


[BOLOGNA, ITALY]  — Bologna was about 237th on my list of places I wanted to visit, but when a Rome school buddy of mine suggested we meet there to eat, I jumped at the chance. Man oh man what a gorgeous city. Almost every block is covered with some sort of portico, centuries old.

I was there in October, so the warm autumn sunlight weighed heavy on all the nooks and crannies of the city. Each corner revealing some beautiful hue of red, with the perfect patina. You walk around the corner and BOOM, another amazing palette of colors.  And the reflected light gave off a glow that washed the whole city in red.

There’s reason why Italians have always called Bologna “La Rossa” (The Red One).

Bologna La Rossa Tower View

Bologna’s nickname is “La Rossa” (The Red One) because, well, it’s all red. Okay, moving on to our next lesson…


And I haven’t even begun to talk about the food. Here’s a great recap from NYTimes 36 Hour series. And a great guide for everything on Conde Nast Traveller’s UK site. And an even better one in the UK Conde Nast Traveller UK Site on a weekend away in Bologna.  The destinations in that UK version of CNT are just so much better than the usual pablum we get here in the states.


BOLOGNA from Dan Fogarty on Vimeo.


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