I have tried to live elsewhere, but it was like stretching a rubber band, and in the end, I had to let go and it catapulted me back there.
The Italian singer describes Bologna in the song “Dark Bologna”, which was published in 2006 and it is included in the album “12000 lune”. In this song, the main town of Emilia-Romagna is given an abstract and dreamlike quality. Only people who are born there can understand its multiplicity. Imagine walking along the street and through the ancient arches, in Lucio Dalla’s footsteps, getting to Indipendenza Street, looking forward to eating a slice of pizza from the famous Altero Pizzeria. When night falls, Bologna is a surprise: it transforms into an alluring enchantress. If you love tales of magic, you can discover the mysterious side of this town.
There are several themed walks, from Via del Cane, through Portico dei Bastardini, Piazza San Domenico to Via dell’Orto and beyond. On these walks, tourists find themselves in a parallel universe that is represented by mysterious figures, like wizards, astrologists and alchemists. But the esoteric custom continues at Santuario di San Luca where sacred and profane mingle together. It is that same place, the Santuario di San Luca, that Lucio Dalla describes, with love, in the first lines of “Dark Bologna”. Its lights illuminate his way home.
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