Bologna is not for sale
In a little side street off Via Saffi, not far from the center, is one of Italy’s most unfamous museums. In fact, in the world of radio communication, it’s probably one of the most unfamous in the world, yet, this is where the original machine is located by the master inventor of radio-comms: Guglielmo Marconi.
This little museum is so valuable that Bill Gates has tried to buy it three times but inevitably spurned on each occasion.
The owner Signor Pelagalli has received many awards and important visitors over time due to his long reign and dedication to maintaining an important record of technological advances for future generations to look back upon. He still personally guides people around it and will even give live demonstrations of these historic relics in action.
Another equally valuable point of interest in Bologna is the Teatro di Bologna. It has been showing theatrical and musical performances since the 18th century. Many of Italy’s musical geniuses have performed here such as Rossini, Bellini and Verdi.
There is a beautiful seated arena for over 1,000 people and although many of the most popular events are usually sold out in advance, there is always many more opportunities to attend the lesser ones.
Unfortunately, as with the Pelagalli Museum, more needs to be done to shine the spot-light on these fabulously historic gems in Bologna to show that there is far more to this city than just ragu and pasta!