One of the possible explanations for the vertical construction craze is that rich families used the towers as a symbol of wealth and status, as well as for defensive purposes to guard their land. Some of the smaller structures were built as dwellings. The exact number of towers built in medieval Bologna is not clear. It was suggested that up to 180...

Hop on your Vespa — we're headed to Emilia-Romagna! All year long, we're taking you to some of Italy's most popular cities and regions to dine all'italiana in our pop-up restaurant and enoteca series! The next destination on our strade di sapori, or "journey of flavors," is the region of rolling hills and grassy fields: Emilia-Romagna.   From May 1...

In 1987, Franco Giannotti, Angelo Sita, Giovanni Ferrara, and Msgr. Salvatore Polizzi founded St Louis – Bologna Sister Cities Committee with the cooperation and support of Bologna Mayor Renzo Imbeni and St Louis Mayor Vincent C. Schoemehl. The sister cities committee flourished for over a decade with reciprocal youth summer exchange programs, lang...

Si è svolto ieri a Palazzo Malvezzi l’incontro “La Camera di Commercio del Texas incontra Bologna”. Un’importante tappa della collaborazione avviata già da diversi mesi tra gli Stati Uniti e l’Europa all’interno del programma di cooperazione internazionale IUC (International Urban Cooperation www.iuc.eu). La Città metropolitana di Bologna è parte d...

FICO Eataly World, the world's largest agri-food park (more on exactly what that is later), finally opened on November 15, 2017. By March 15, 2018, the park reached one million visitors. People have ventured from 30 countries, including more than 16,000 students and almost 100,000 visitors from the food industry. But what are all these people doing...

It seems its name has very ancient origins, probably rooted in the Latin word mortarium, indicating the mortar used to ground pork meat. Originally, its production area went from Lazio to modern Romagna, where acorn-rich woods provided a perfect living environment for free roaming, wild pigs.  Mortadella is cited in cooking books of the 14th centur...

Fico Eataly World – “fico” means fig in Italian, but in this case is the acronym of Fabbrica Italiana COntadina, meaning “Italian farmer farm” – is Oscar Farinetti’s latest venture, adding a new and outstanding Bologna branch to the famous chain of Italian food supermarkets he founded back in 2003. Outstanding in terms of size (100,000 square meter...

It's official! We have re-formed the St Louis - Bologna Sister Cities Organization. Thanks to the World Trade Center and the St Louis Economic Development Partnership. Special thanks to Stella Sheehan for making this possible. Stella Sheehan, Deputy Director of the World Trade Center, appointed Michael J Cross as President of the St Louis - Bologna...

La Fiera di Bologna cresce negli Stati Uniti, con una nuova casa a New York. "Grazie alla collaborazione con l'agenzia Ice, apre il prossimo 1 marzo una propria struttura operativa a New York al fine di rafforzare ulteriormente la presenza sul mercato statunitense", annuncia il presidente Gianpiero Calzolari. La società di via Michelino è presente...

A lick of cold, creamy gelato isn't just magic. It's mathematics. "You have to respect the range," emphasizes Gianpaolo Valli, a senior instructor at Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy, who has spent decades drilling aspiring gelato chefs on the right ratio of solids to water in any given recipe. (FYI: Solids need to be between 32 and 4...