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Via delle Moline

The path of via delle Moline, as well as the one of the nearby via Augusto Righi and via de’ Castagnoli, originated in the 12th century from the road that externally encircled the moat of the second circle of walls, the one known as the circle of the Thousand.

The reference to the water mills operated by the nearby Canale di Reno is evident.

The Moline canal is the continuation of the Reno canal after the derivation of the Cavaticcio and beyond via Indipendenza. For a large part of its itinerary, the Moline canal is enclosed between the houses and for this reason it remained hidden from view for a long time in the past.

The views of the bridges of via Oberdan and Via Malcontenti have recently been reopened, alongside the suggestive window of via Piella. At the end of 1100, with brilliant intuition, the Bolognese built two grandiose hydraulic works, which brought water to a city that did not have any: two canals dug up to the city center, for over 27 kilometers in total, and derived from the Savena river to the east and from the Reno to the west. The hydraulic energy could thus move hundreds of blades that powered silk mills, rice piles and many other manufactures. 

Today, a large part of the street is pedestrianized and is frequented at any time of the day especially by students from the nearby university, who crowd the numerous bars that overlook the street and make it a meeting place that never rests.


Gradizzolo, Bersòt

Bersòt  is a bottle refermented wine based on Pignoletto, which makes lightheartedness and ease of drinking its strong points. 

A wine that gives enveloping, taste and lightness, which is the thing you need most.

Biodynamics is an agricultural technique but also a philosophy, which sees a close relationship between the astral forces and plants, understood as complex organisms in correlation with all the rest. 

Over time we can see the results: vineyard in balance, richer soil, a lot of biodiversity.

This approach also extends to the cellar, where wines ferment spontaneously with indigenous yeasts; for sparkling wines the second fermentation in the bottle takes place with the frozen must, no filtrations or invasive interventions arre carried out. The wines have very low sulfur levels and are bottled with the waning moon.

The result is wines with their own personality, and with a strong vintage imprint. Of course, it is not always easy to face unexpected events… the most useful tool we have at our disposal is experience.

Gradizzolo also grows Negrettino and Alionza, two are less known indigenous varieties, that fell into disuse after the "invasion" of international grapes and because of some difficulties in their cultivation.


Pier Paolo Barbieri, Col naso all'insù

On the eve of the traditional Great Liberation Day on April 25 in Via del Pratello, Bologna, an outrageous theft is committed, so residents and patrons unite in a large-scale investigation where each character follows his own lead. Some will lead to nothing but others will give results, even unwanted ones, and will reveal mysteries hitherto unsolved. But the Great Celebration, even in spite of the worst auspices, cannot fail to take place, and a new mystery not yet revealed will put things back in their place and thus be able to kick off one of the most memorable events ever organized in this small street with the city around.

It is a path of memories, of sociability, of sharing. "It is almost a country where you feel at home, where ideas and projects are born, where you find immediate empathy with people", says Pier Paolo Barbieri, who has been working as a tobacconist in via del Pratello for some time, though he never stopped dreaming to be a writer and a musician.

Il Pratello (the name derives from the meadows that surrounded the city enclosed in the walls of the Thousand centuries ago) was the street of the washerwomen at the end of the 19th century and of the swindlers at the beginning of the century, the one where the beans were eaten 'on time' (all'osteria Ghitton) and where, since the 60s, many artisans have set up their businesses. Today it is the street of pubs, restaurants and nightlife, the piece of the city that the Sunday Times defined as 'bohemian' but also the place that does not forget its recent history: Radio Alice, the Gran Pavese Varietà, the occupied houses.

November 2022

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