Opera Bolognese

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Bologna has three nicknames – la dotta, la rossa, la grassa: the Learned (due to its 11th century university, the 2nd oldest in the world) , the Red (for the architecture) and the Fat – needless to say, I was most interested in the latter. The city is a lovely place, not somewhere I would’ve thought to visit to be honest, but I was lucky enough to have a friend who lived there so I popped over for a visit to catch up, soak up some sun and culture, and eat a lot of gelato.

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Monteverdi at St Mark’s

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When I visited Venice in 2013, San Marco was fronted with scaffolding and most of the square and surrounding streets were flooded – not exactly a recipe for success (except for the vendors selling waterproof booties). Continue reading