A native of Belfast, Ireland, I moved to Bologna in 2005 after many years travelling around Europe. Naturally, curious of my surroundings, I took an interest in what lay behind all the closed doors in this ancient city only to find hidden art treasures and incredible sights that many of its own inhabitants knew and still know little about.
For this reason, I began recording these spectacular scenes and published them online through the medium of video and photography. After a few years of developing and tweaking this new found interest a pocket guide called naked Bologna, was born. Its main intention was to reveal the richness of Bolognese history through videos that would in future be accessed from smart phones with an internet connection.
Consequently, this diligent work came to the attention of the local press in the Corriere di Bologna which in turn, led to the naked Bologna pocket guide being nominated for a civic prize in March 2012: ‘Il Premio Bologna Città Civile e Bella’.
I presently continue to teach English to pay the bills but, with the intention that discovering my adopted home will eventually become a ‘full-time’ job.
Lastly, but by no means least, my grand project is actually about convincing those sitting on the tracks at Bologna Centrale, that this city really is worth abandoning the comforts of their high-speed train to go exploring, even if only for a few hours.
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Short intro to Bologna
Survival Tips for Living in Bologna
A short practical guide to living in Bologna, Italy. Tips include: looking for work, opening bank accounts, getting fines, fighting bureaucracy, shopping wisely, making friends with the locals and much more.
Naked Bologna - Stripped to the Navel
The most visited and recognised part of Bologna is its railway station, simply because everyone is frantically passing through it to go to its more famous cousins: Florence, Venice and Rome. This unique city guide exposes a host of secret locations kept under lock and key and offers invaluable advice about visiting jealously guarded points of interest.
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