Today was a rainy day in Bologna, but luckily it lightened up by the time we were out and about. Lots of walking, but I forgot how enjoyable walking is when you’re in such a unique city. These streets are definitely a bit different than those of Cincinnati. Our first stop was at the Pizzeria Belle Arti right down the street from our AirBnb where we enjoyed a lovely lunch (I didn’t know I could love bread anymore) and realized exactly how distinct the language barrier is. Americans definitely take for granted others understanding English, yet Bologna is enough off the beaten path our English has been met by blank stares. It appears I essentially have no choice but to pick up Italian pretty quickly, but I’m always up for a challenge.
Next stop was checking out the MAMbo, where I’ll be interning this semester. Located in a former industrial bakery, the space was much more extensive than I had imagined. The museum houses the works of Giorgio Morandi and many more Italian artists. The temporary exhibition (on display until May 13), REVOLUTIJA, features works from Marc Chagall to Wassily Kandinsky (if you’re not an art aficionado, this is a *squeal* moment for me.) I’ll probably lose sleep tonight thinking about all of this incredible art I’ll be around and learning from all semester. It really is amazing and inspiring to see these works I’ve studied for so long off the page and in person.
Next we walked around for about 2 hours (ok, yes we were lost) looking for a phone store to set up my communication abroad. BUT, all of the walking hopefully burned off the 20+ pieces of bread I ate. After working through the language barrier at the phone store (there may have been some hair pulling) we stopped for a light snack at the ristòPallotti. Everything already seems 50000x more delicious here and I might be in trouble (haha).
Following our light snack and laughs over the language confusion, we headed towards Le Stanze Cafè for an ~evening cocktail~. A vintage collector myself, a vintage store down the street caught my eye so we stopped in before drinks. Full of amazing textiles and an obvious appreciation for Frida Kahlo, A.N.G.E.L.O. is definitely a gem and I’ve decided I should live there (just kidding, sort of). I did not make any purchases as the Balenciaga jacket was not in my budget, but I’m sure I’ll be back.
After leaving A.N.G.E.L.O. vintage, we settled in for drinks at Le Stanze Cafè, which is located in the former private chapel of an Italian family. Featuring 16th century frescoes, the cafè/bar was the perfect place to end the day.
Today has made me all the more excited to start my life here in Bologna, not to mention the other traveling I’ll be doing. I love ~all the things~ old and beautiful, which Italy is no doubt full of. To be inspired is all I hope for, and today I was. Rain included (-:
Ciao for now!