Marina

Hello, I’m Marina.

I live in San Vitale.
I work in San Vitale.
I hang out in Santo Stefano, Quadrilatero, University.

About me

When I was 26 I left Bologna for London, then I lived a lot in Milan and a little bit in Berlin. At 39 I came back, with an open heart and a new thrill: I was really understanding, really seeing my town, I was ready for it, for deep diving into its beauty and for looking at it with an "insider/outsider" perspective. I realized how lucky I am to be surrounded by history, and I never take my "portici" for granted: whenever I walk by Piazza Maggiore at night, with the many golden lights in Palazzo D'accursio, or grocery shop in Via Peschierie vecchie between fish stalls and littler artisans' shops, or have a walk in Villa Ghigi with my red town just underneath, or watch an open air Fellini's movie for free in the heath of a July night, or just look at the funny "umarells" (local elderlies, mostly male, fascinated by any street work), I feel blessed. I also have a blog, called Flaneur in Bologna, where I share my "born again" passion for this lovely mini-mentropolis of mine. Oh: I'm 43, work as a journalist and love yoga, laughing, the Saturday Night Live and gelato.

  • Bologna, Italy
  • English, French, Italian
  • Bologna, Italy
  • English, French, Italian
About me

When I was 26 I left Bologna for London, then I lived a lot in Milan and a little bit in Berlin. At 39 I came back, with an open heart and a new thrill: I was really understanding, really seeing my town, I was ready for it, for deep diving into its beauty and for looking at it with an "insider/outsider" perspective. I realized how lucky I am to be surrounded by history, and I never take my "portici" for granted: whenever I walk by Piazza Maggiore at night, with the many golden lights in Palazzo D'accursio, or grocery shop in Via Peschierie vecchie between fish stalls and littler artisans' shops, or have a walk in Villa Ghigi with my red town just underneath, or watch an open air Fellini's movie for free in the heath of a July night, or just look at the funny "umarells" (local elderlies, mostly male, fascinated by any street work), I feel blessed. I also have a blog, called Flaneur in Bologna, where I share my "born again" passion for this lovely mini-mentropolis of mine. Oh: I'm 43, work as a journalist and love yoga, laughing, the Saturday Night Live and gelato.

My favourite thing to do

cinema Cineteca di Bologna is a landmark in movie restauration

My favourite HANGOUT

Santo Stefano

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Reviews for Marina

Sehr gut!

Ich wurde sehr gut von Marina betreut, sie war sehr hilfsbereit !

May 2019

Reviewed by Roswitha S , hosted by Marina

A great introduction to Bologna.

Marina was fun and interesting.

April 2018

Reviewed by Michael K , hosted by Marina

Marina was amazing!

I requested an experience to see the university of Bologna and the science facilities. I travel a lot and take many tours, but Marina provided one of the best experiences I've ever had in Europe. I love being able to tailor a short discovery with such a personable and knowledgeable guide!!

June 2017

Reviewed by Leslie M T , hosted by Marina

We enjoyed our walking experience very much.

Marina Showed us her favourite spots in Bologna. Unfortunately, some places could not be visited due to restoration works, which was not her fault. We enjoyed it very much.

May 2017

Reviewed by Peter T , hosted by Marina

genuinely friendly local host

Marina helped us to enjoy our stay in Bologna even more, she understood what we were really looking for and showed us those places like the government building with the interesting steps, took us to her favourite gelato shop now which is our favorite, too ;) with her tips the two days we strolled through the city on our own became brighter.

April 2017

Reviewed by Esra K , hosted by Marina

Reviews for Bologna

Discover Bologna

Our guide, Erika, took us on a walking tour of Bologna. Although we had previously visited Bologna, she showed us places we wouldn’t have discovered on our own. Walking through the city with a local resident is much more enjoyable than trying to navigate on your own. Erika was very knowledgeable and an excellent guide!!

Reviewed by Peter S, hosted by Erika

Discover Bologna's best kept secrets

Our guide, Erika, took us on a walking tour of Bologna. Although we had previously visited Bologna, she showed us places we wouldn’t have discovered on our own. Walking through the city with a local resident is much more enjoyable than trying to navigate on your own. Erika was very knowledgeable and an excellent guide!!

Reviewed by Peter S, hosted by Erika

Private stroll through the old town

Claudia led a very informative tour and was most adaptive to those in our group with impaired walking abilities.

Reviewed by Willy H, hosted by Claudia

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