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PAIRING #06

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Piazza Verdi
 

It has been the most criticized place by the Bolognese for decades, but also the most lively and full of stimuli, because it represents the day and night landing of the thousands of students who are the lifeblood of the city.
Piazza Verdi, the heart of the university area, is a place of strong contrasts, where  the elegant ladies who come out of the premieres of the Municipal Theater and the groups sitting on the ground with a beer mix. And again, you will find illegal sellers, drug dealers, renowned professors and all that varied humanity that populates university cities.
A melting pot of cultures and countercultures, Piazza Verdi is at the same time a place for meetings and clashes during student demonstrations, protests and consensus. This square lived through all the years in which youthful impetus and creativity were channeled in the search for an ideal or a utopia.
A little of everything coexists inside the square. A piece of the walls of the year 1000. The Municipal Theater. The stables of the building which have become the university canteen and then the library and local rush hour for students from dawn to late at night. Palazzo Paleotti which for years was occupied by students and today a large and comfortable library.
As we write, piazza Verdi is already changing!


[article taken from the book by Serena Bersani “The tour of Bologna in 501 places”, Newton Compton Editori].

 

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Terre Rosse Vallania, Malagò
 

A winery that does not like media clamor and is only concerned with working well, located in the hilly area of ​​the municipality of Zola Predosa in clay-limestone soils, facing south-east. The company was founded in 1964 when Vallania, found by paternal inheritance to own land traditionally known for the quality of the wines, thought it appropriate to remove part of the old plants and experiment with more noble vines from French nurserymen. For about 50 years, therefore, international varieties have been cultivated: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the aromatic white Malvasia native to the area.

Thus the old plants were replaced by new "cultivars" with the exception of three strains, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Malvasia, the pride and passion of the family and already present in human memory in the hills of Bologna. To these qualities, in years of experimentation, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Noir and Merlot have been added. Many other grapes have been tried and eliminated, because less suited to the particular characteristics of the calcareous-ferrous clays of those lands.

Malagò derives from an ancient autochthonous stock similar to the Italic Riesling present in living memory in the Bolognese Hills and takes its name from the vineyard of the same name.

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Danilo Masotti, Il Codice Bologna

Performer, rock singer, web designer, "communicator" and blogger, Danilo "Maso" Masotti reveals the secret code to understand Bologna, starting from the weaknesses and manias of its inhabitants.

He guides us to discover this "provincial metropolis" suspended between the past and the future, along unprecedented paths.

The Bolognese are divided between those who like the seaside and those who like the mountains, while there are very few cases of Bolognese lovers of the countryside, usually associated with the Po Valley plan.

The coolest cinni (kids) were taken around the European capitals to see museums and monuments, others were taken to the sea in the then unknown, distant and uncontaminated Puglia, some even to the Dolomites or to Austria. But I wanna tell you about the silent majority who transhumed to the "nearby seaside" or to the "nearby mountain".

Let's start with the seaside. Every place on the Romagna Riviera clearly identified the status of the family of the little children with fins: those who went to Riccione or Milano Marittima were palely cool guys from the Costa-Saragozza district, those who instead spent their holidays in places with modest names such as Miramare , Igea Marina, Lido Adriano or Pinarella belonged to the middle class and perhaps even to something less.

April 2022

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