An Old Town for a New Society

The conservation of the historic centre of Bologna was seen by its Communist administration as a collective expression of its shared history, which was actively made and remade by the people who lived within it.

‘La dotta, la grassa, la rossa’—the learned, the fat, the red—are the affectionate local epithets for Bologna, capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. ‘La dotta’ for the city’s university, considered to be the oldest in the Western world. ‘La grassa’ for its reputation as a node of regional cuisine. ‘La rossa’ in reference […]

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