Michael Phillips


A native of Belfast, Ireland, moved to Bologna in 2005 after many years traveling around Europe. Curious to a fault, an interest grew 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, recordings of these spectacular scenes were 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.
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 CittĂ  Civile e Bella'.
Teaching English though still pays the bills but, with the intention that forever discovering Bologna will eventually become a 'full-time' job.
Lastly, but by no means least, the 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.

Where to find Michael Phillips online

Where to buy in print


Visit Bologna
Short intro to Bologna


Bologna Bars & Restaurants guide
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
A-Z guide of Bologna's cafe bars, pubs, ice-cream parlours, tigellerias, pizzerias, restaurants and osterias/trattorias.
Naked Belfast Pocket City Guide
Price: Free! Words: 24,690. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference
A mini guide to Belfast exploring sights and places not normally visited. This serves as an important witness to local history seen through both the good and bad events.
Naked Bologna Pocket City Guide
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,960. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference
Bologna still lacks tourist queues yet it boasts abundant art treasures, ancient architectural gems, medieval walls, dizzying towers, fabulous porticoes, gorgeous curves and geometrical lines cutting wonderful patterns across regal palazzi and traditional red-roofed buildings. This updated 2014 city guide includes unvisited, lesser-known places throughout Bologna with online links to video guides.
Survival Tips for Living in Bologna
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,600. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference
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.

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