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Vicolo Ranocchi


Take a walk through the streets of the ancient market of, Bologna, the Quadrilatero, the district that housed most of the city's artisan guilds in the Middle Ages and that is today one of those most characteristic places in Bologna.

In Vicolo Ranocchi, which owes its name to the past shops that sold frogs, we can find the oldest tavern in the city: since 1465 the Osteria del Sole has been a place where you can drink wine and discover the true tradition of Bologna, sitting around wooden tables and socializing with the people sitting next to you. You can bring in your own meal, which you can purchase in the amazing foodshops nearby, and share it with your neighbours.

Leaving the elegant Piazza Maggiore behind, you enter the narrow and fragrant alleys of the ancient medieval market with its characteristic "holes". In this area there are specialized crafts and commercial activities with a long tradition; shops in which, from generation to generation, families have often handed down the trade and maintained the continuity of merchandise or shops in which the furnishings and historic architecture have been preserved.

The neighborhood is divided into a square consisting of: Via Rizzoli, Via dell’Archiginnasio, Via Farini and Via Castiglione. This ancient market develops in the area that goes from Piazza Maggiore to the Torre degli Asinelli.

The streets that cross this neighborhood are for the most part pedestrianized, the area is popular with locals and tourists, and the streets are often crowded and full of life. The quadrilateral is an unmissable stop for those visiting the city for the first time but also people who have frequented Bologna for years love to return. In fact, there are numerous bars and delicatessens ready to satisfy the needs of gourmands. The same goes for shopping, you can find all kinds of shops, from extra luxury to mid-range ones, not to mention the fruit and vegetable stalls and fish counters where the Bolognese usually shop.

As we have said, this district is certainly the favorite of lovers of good food as you can find all sorts of Bolognese specialties there.


La Marmocchia, Barbera frizzante


Barbera with a deep ruby ​​red color, dry and harmonious on the palate, a perfect companion to cured meats, grilled and roasted meat dishes. It also goes well with fatty fish such as cod and eel. Excellent with Bolognese cotechino.

 The La Marmocchia farm extends into the valley of the Ghiaia stream, in the hills between Bologna and Modena. A territory rich in traditions and typical products. The company maintains an artisanal, familiar dimension, respectful of tradition, of the times of nature but equally attentive to innovative techniques both in the vineyard and in the cellar. The origins of Podere La Marmocchia are very ancient. The first historical evidence dates back to 1630 when the plague reached the Bologna area. At the end of the epidemic, the local parish priest, who also acted as registry officer, communicated the name of all the survivors and among these were the members of the Marmocchi family from which the name of the company derives.


Roberto "Freak" Antoni, Non c'è gusto in Italia ad essere intelligenti

The best minds of my generation - it is said - were destroyed by drugs. But it's not true. The best minds of my generation were destroyed by professionalism. Possible poets, writers, painters, musicians have become copyists, designers, journalists, television guests.

Roberto Antoni did everything (rock, television, theater, records) without becoming a rocker, a TV personality, or an actor. If he had made billions he wouldn't be rich and if everyone recognized him in the street he wouldn't be famous. Because he would be an amateur even as a rich man and also as a famous person. His poems reflect his distance from the monstrous haughtiness of the contemporary way of life: which is, in hindsight, the real "insane". 

Roberto "Freak" Antoni began his musical career in Bologna in '77, the one of the 'movement' that filled the city with boiling creative ferments. He founded his rock band, the Skiantos, by inventing wild lyrics that re-read reality under the unsettling lens of demented rock, using a language borrowed from youthful slang.

Nonconformist band even towards his own audience: "Make way for the avant-garde / you are a shit audience", shouted Freak into the microphone riding the situationist wave of that period .

A close friend of Andrea Pazienza (with whom he also shared his passion for drugs), he crossed the record scene along "35 years of great failures", signing 14 albums with Skiantos, which he left shortly before dying.

He wrote nine books and collaborated with important magazines of those years such as Frigidaire.

December 2022

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