Street music in Bologna, photo courtesy of Claudia Plebani
If you walk in Via degli Orefici, just next to Piazza Maggiore, you’ll find some stars in the ground, just like Hollywood Walk of Fame with the name of the most famous Jazz players ever like Miles Davis and Chet Baker. Why that? Well, because from 1958 to 1975 Bologna hosted the most famous Italian Jazz festival where played musicians like Baker, Charles Mingus, Ella Fitzgerald and lots of more. So in the 70's Bologna was surely one of the best cities in Italy to listen great music.
But now, is this still true?
Well, staying on jazz, in Via Mascarella you still find some of the temples of Italian jazz like Cantina Bentivoglio and Bravo Caffè (you can also have dinner in both of them, they're a little expensive but really fascinating) and every year in September you can see the best italian jazz bands at La strada del Jazz festival.
The forth star you’ll find in Via degli Orefici has the name of Lucio Dalla. We talked about his importance to the city in our first post but is still right to remember the importance of Lucio in exporting Italian quality music and the name of Bologna around the world.
Radiohead live in Bologna, John Strummer Arena, September 2012
And what about rock? If a band decides to have a tour in Italy you can bet Bologna will be on the list of tour dates. CovoClub, Estragon and Locomotiv Club offer you the best choises in alternative rock, indie, reggae or metal.
Bologna lacks of a place made for concert, like Brixton Academy in London or Olympia in Paris, but is a city where music still matters something. You can feel it in every street corner, in every theatres or just walking around.
Back Ground music store, Bologna
If you're still one of the few who buys records in stores like me, then you'll be pleased to know that you can have a nice record stores tour in Bologna. Starting from the oldest, Disco d'Oro in Via Galliera for rock and electronic vinyls, to the newest Back Ground in Via Santa Margherita for used indie, you can visit SEMM Store in Via Oberdan or the amazing DiscoBolandia just outside the city centre in Via Filippo Beroaldo.
Museo Pelagalli Mille Suoni...Mille Luci, Bologna
At the end we need to talk about museums.
If you're also interested about the history of radio and music equipments you'll find in Bologna of the best museum in the world (since 2007 is UNESCO world cultural heritage).
It's Museo Pelagalli "Mille Voci...mille suoni" and it's not easy to find because a bit outside the city centre but it's a real masterpiece. In there you will discover a unique, one of a kind, awarded Museum with over than 2000 original and working items which tell you the story of audiovisual communication. From Guglielmo Marconi to Steve Jobs you'll be guided through more than a century of communication history. Book your tour (email@example.com) to be guided by the owner and creator of the museum.
You also can't miss the International Museum of Music, set in the beautiful Aldini Sanguinetti Palace in Strada Maggiore 34.
The sumptuous rooms on the nobil froor illustrate the history of music through instruments, scores, portraits, documents, rare books and objects belonging to singers and musicians. There is also preserved the original score of the entrance exam Accedemia Philharmonic supported by the young Mozart in 1770.
Via Mascarella, 4/b
Via Mascarella, 1
19:00 - 3:00 , Closed on Sundays
Via Galliera, 23
10:00 - 19:30 Closed on Mondays
Via Santa Margherita 10
10:00 - 13:00, 15:00 - 21:30, Closed on Tuesdays
Via Oberdan, 24
10:00 - 19:00, Closed on Sundays
Via Filippo Beroaldo, 26
051 587 1883
10:00 - 13:00, 16:00 - 19:30, Closed on Sundays
Museo Pelagalli Mille Suoni...Mille Luci
Via Col di Lana, 7
051 649 1008
Open just on booking
Museo Internazionale della Musica
Strada Maggiore 34
051 275 7711
Open from Tuesday to Friday 9:30 - 16:00
Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 - 18:30