I still vividly remember my first impression of Bologna. It was one of those ‘love at first sight’ kind of moments. This took place back in the early spring of 2012. Having stayed for several months in Turin, a city that is almost monochrome in comparison, Bologna was an explosion of warm and inviting colors, deep shadows and the rhythm of endless porticoed streets. It was quite amazed by this total change from one city to another, not only of the physical environment as such, but also of the atmosphere it exuded. Its soul, so to say. Bologna is more about a state of being rather than singular objects and events on the streets as such. In fact, Bologna forced me to rethink my approach to photography on the streets and in a city in general. I had to look more carefully, anew.
Via San Vitale street
One of my favourite streets in Bologna is Via San Vitale. It starts at Piazza Ravegnana by the Due Torri and ends at the gate by the same name, at Porta San Vitale. Walking to the gate takes only about 15 minutes but if you take your time to explore some of the narrower side streets, stop for a coffee or lunch under the porticos, you will get to see a new side of Bologna. Via San Vitale is a lively street full of young people, mostly students from the University of Bologna campus nearby.
This is a revised version of an article posted in 2012.