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The Bologna railway station bombing massacre was a terrorist bombing of the Bologna Centrale railway station in Bologna, Italy, on the morning of 2 August 1980 which killed 85 people and wounded over 200. Several members of the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari (Armed Revolutionary Nuclei) were sentenced for the bombing, although the group denied involvement.

At 10:25am, a time bomb hidden in an unattended suitcase detonated in an air-conditioned waiting room at the Bologna station which was full of people seeking refuge from the August heat. The explosion collapsed the roof of the waiting room, destroyed most of the main building, and hit the Ancona–Chiasso train which was waiting at the first platform.

The station was full of tourists that Saturday, and the city was unprepared for a major disaster. Many passers-bys and travelers provided first aid to victims and helped rescue people who were buried under the rubble.

Due to the large number of casualties and an insufficient number of emergency vehicles available to transport the injured to hospitals, firefighters used buses (particularly from the #37 route), private cars, and taxis. Some doctors and hospital staff returned early from vacation to care for the victims, and hospital departments which were closed for the summer holidays were reopened to accommodate the casualties.

After the attack, large demonstrations were held in Piazza Maggiore (Bologna’s central square). Harsh criticism was directed at government representatives who attended the 6 August funerals of the victims in the Basilica San Petronio. The only applause was reserved for President Sandro Pertini, who arrived by helicopter in Bologna at 5:30 pm the day of the massacre and tearfully said: “I have no words; we are facing the most criminal enterprise that has ever taken place in Italy.”

The #37 bus and the clock (stopped at 10:25) were symbols of the massacre. The attack was the worst atrocity in Italy since World War II. (Wikipedia)

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University of Bologna

The University of Bologna is a research university in Bologna. Founded in 1088 by an organised guild of students (hence studiorum), it is the oldest university in the world, as well as one of the leading academic institutions in Italy and Europe. It is one of the most prestigious Italian universities, commonly ranking in the first places of national rankings.

It was the first place of study to use the term universitas for the corporations of students and masters, which came to define the institution (especially its famous law school) located in Bologna. The university’s emblem carries the motto Alma mater studiorum (“nourishing mother of studies”) and the date A.D. 1088, and it has about 86,500 students in its 11 schools.

University Library, Bologna 2019
Ads, Bologna 2019
Have they texted?, Bologna 2019
Gramsci, Bologna 2019

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Urban landscape

Basilica Santo Stefano, Bologna 2019
Piazza Maggiore, Bologna 2019
San Petronio, Bologna 2019
Basilica Santo Stefano, Bologna 2019

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Now in Bologna

Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, at the heart of a metropolitan area of about one million people.

Of Etruscan origin, the city has been a major urban centre for centuries, first under the Etruscans, then under the Romans (Bononia), then again in the Middle Ages, as a free municipality and signoria, when it was among the largest European cities by population. Famous for its towers, churches and lengthy porticoes, Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre, thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy which began at the end of the 1970s. Home to the oldest university in the world, the University of Bologna, established in AD 1088, the city has a large student population that gives it a cosmopolitan character. In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture and in 2006, a UNESCO “City of Music” and became part of the Creative Cities Network.

Wait a minute, Bologna 2019
Through the piazza, Bologna 2019
Midday walk, Bologna 2019

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Streets of Ferrara

Piazza, Ferrara 2019
Rotonda Foschini, Ferrara 2019
Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara 2019
Old town, Ferrara 2019
Old town, Ferrara 2019

Let's go to Ferrara

Ferrara is a city in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. As of 2016 it had 132,009 inhabitants. The town has broad streets and numerous palaces dating from the Renaissance, when it hosted the court of the House of Este. For its beauty and cultural importance, it has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. (Wikipedia)

Railway station, Ferrara 2019
Downtown, Ferrara 2019
Old town, Ferrara 2019
Via Spilimbecco, Ferrara 2019
Rotonda Foschini, Ferrara 2019

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Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore

The church was founded in 1137 on the site of another church from the 8th century dedicated to St Mary, which had been in turn erected over a Roman temple of the Clemence. The high altar was consecrated in 1185 and in 1187 the presbytery and the transept wings were completed. Due to financial troubles, the works dragged for the whole 13th–14th centuries. The bell tower was built from 1436 (being completed around the end of the century), while in 1481–1491 a new sacristy added after the old one had been destroyed by Bartolomeo Colleoni to erect his personal mausoleum, the Colleoni Chapel.

In 1521, Pietro Isabello finished the south-western portal, also known as Porta della Fontana. The edifice was restored and modified in the 17th century.

Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo 2019
Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo 2019
Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo 2019

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Street photos and churches from Crema

As every Sunday, I post the photos of the week in the Galleries page of the blog. Thank you for following and for the Likes.

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Old city of Cremona

As every Sunday, I post the photos of the week in the Galleries Section of the blog. Thank you for following and for the Likes.

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Churches in Crema

Crema Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di CremaCattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Crema, northern Italy. Dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, it is the seat of the Bishop of Crema.

The first cathedral in the town was destroyed by Frederick Barbarossa in 1160. A new building was begun in 1185, but construction was halted in 1212, not to begin again until 1284 but in Gothic style. The church was finished in 1340, with the addition in 1385 of a lengthened apse and a crypt.

Cathedral, Crema, 2019
Own time at the Cathedral, Crema, 2019
Cathedral, Crema, 2019
Chiesa Parrocchiale della Santissima Trinità, Crema 2019
Chiesa Parrocchiale della Santissima Trinità, Crema, 2019
Chiesa Parrocchiale della Santissima Trinità, Crema, 2019
Cathedral, Crema, 2019

Flatland

The part of Italy where I come from is really flat.It is the Po Valley, Po Plain, Plain of the Po, or Padan Plain. It is a major geographical feature of Northern Italy. It extends approximately 650 km (400 mi) in an east-west direction, with an area of 46,000 square kilometres (18,000 sq mi) including its Venetic extension not actually related to the Po river basin; it runs from the Western Alps to the Adriatic Sea. 

These photos were taken on the train from Cremona to Crema

Po Valley, 2019
Po Valley, 2019

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Old shop downtown Cremona

You can still find these old shops in downtown Cremona. They sell sweets, torrone, mostarda, biscuits, liqueurs, candies, confetti, chocolate, etc. etc. The two ladies working there wear a similar gown that, I imagine, was used by the employees in the ’50s and ’60s in the that very same shop of downtown Cremona. The wooden furnitures are the same. The yellow lights give the same atmosphere of the past. Some things do not change, while everything around them changes.

Negozio Sperlari, Cremona, 2019
Negozio Sperlari, Cremona, 2019

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