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ITALIA (1) La Dotta, La Rossa, La Grassa

BOLOGNA, ITALY

The first of a few threads from my recent trip to Italy. It was a bit more of a holiday than a travel, so more of a collection of touristy snaps, but I hope interesting all the same.

Italy has always been one of my favourite countries, there is something about the place I love, the vibe, the energy, the smells, the food, the weather! It was great to be back.

The first stop was the city of Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region of north Italy. The city is a small and pretty place, known as La Dotta (due to it's well known University and intellectual air), La Rossa (due to the red colour of the roofs as well as the cities historically communist leanings) and finally La Grassa for the rich and incredible cuisine.

My next threads will cover Florence, from which I walked through the Chianti region for 6 days to Siena.














































































































































































































































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um, were there any nice areas in these towns? j/k, i love the grit, great job. its always a treat to hike around exploring along the narrow italian streets.
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Ridiculous. Looks cosy as anything can be. Awesome thread. Those scrawls on walls should be harshly punished IMO, tho. There are proper spots for graffiti. At least for those who actually can perform some cool street art.
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Great thread! I was there overnight on the 17th and had to look carefully for myself. Excellent photos.

I found it a bit less gritty on average, aside from the university area.

Is it wrong to go to a conveyor-belt sushi place in Italy? A half-block north of the union of the two towers. Damn good.
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Such a wonderful thread!


The entire country could easily be transformed into a single UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Too bad the Italian cities have been so badly damaged by graffiti. At least in Rome, Naples, and Florence, the only major cities I've visited, we couldn't find a street where the buildings weren't covered with graffiti.
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No one does urbanism better then the Italians. As for the graffiti, that goes back all the way to the Romans, and I've never much minded it. Those buildings will be there for another thousand years, the sharpie will not.
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Beautiful. Italy is so amazing, and I especially like cities such as Bologna that are off the tourist radar- unspoiled Italian culture.
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Outstanding shots! Thanks for sharing your trip to Bologna.

I like all those pictures taken over the red roofs. Incredible sharpness and quality.

Looking forward your next threads...

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain.
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Too bad the Italian cities have been so badly damaged by graffiti. At least in Rome, Naples, and Florence, the only major cities I've visited, we couldn't find a street where the buildings weren't covered with graffiti.
Well, they may not be perfect, but at least they don't look like Disneyland. One of the worst things that can happen a to city (in my opinion), it's when the restoration/reconstruction/maintenance work is SO overdone, that it end up looking like one of those tacky theme parks.

Some people prefer that type of cities, I personally don't.
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Gorgeous. Those Italians really know how to live.
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I can't believe that it was already more than 10 years ago that I visited Bologna.
Time goes too fast.

I still remember very well the arcade, my parents bought me shoes here.
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Thanks for the comments people.

With regard to the graffiti, I don't know why but I don't mind it. It is ugly and ruins pretty buildings, but it adds a certain urban grit that a lot of southern European cities have, like Barcelona, Naples, Marseille, Rome etc.
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I love seeing different parts of Italy; great photos, thanks for sharing!
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Too bad the Italian cities have been so badly damaged by graffiti. At least in Rome, Naples, and Florence, the only major cities I've visited, we couldn't find a street where the buildings weren't covered with graffiti.
In my world travels, there's been a number of surprises along the way regarding graffiti. The countries where you'd expect to see the most of it, it's not there, and the countries where you'd not expect to see it, it's there!

Central America was the biggest surprise of all. Given all the graffiti I had seen in Mexico, I expected it to be more prevalent down there, but not so! I expected to see more of it in Ecuador, Bolivia, but not so!

The biggest surprise: Chile! Why I saw so much of it down there!!!

A recent surprise was looking at some photo threads of Paris, and all the graffiti there!

Here in Las Vegas you see very little, if any, due to the city spending $30 million a year to continually remove it, the minute it appears. Afterall, we are a major tourist attraction, gotta make it look good for the tourists!

But what's shameful, is there's some very artistic graffiti, mural like, which has appeared, from time to time, and that gets removed as well!
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What a bunch of baloney!

Loved it.

I remember walking under the arcaded sidewalks of that famed city way back in 1981.
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Italy needs to be represented more here. The cities, the urbanism, the culture, the food, the women.
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