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Gilberto Benni: Faces of Via Fondazza in Bologna, the First “Social Street” in Italy, with a Leica S

© Gilberto Benni


© Gilberto Benni
© Gilberto Benni
© Gilberto Benni
© Gilberto Benni
© Gilberto Benni
© Gilberto Benni
© Gilberto Benni

Via Fondazza, a long and scenic porticoed street in the crayon-red historic center of the city of Bologna, is known to this day for having hosted the home and studio of the painter Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), who tirelessly worked there throughout his life. However, there are a continuously growing number of articles and reportages dedicated to this street, showing up in newspapers, on television or online, by local, national and international media. That raises some surprise (or even astonishment) in those who are the object of such study and interest. What is the reason for so much attention? The growing interest was aroused by the emergence and the experience of a Facebook group, entitled “Residenti di Via Fondazza” (Dwellers of Via Fondazza), devoted to mutual understanding, an exchange of information, relevant responsibilities and initiatives that they can create together. “Le possibilità sono infinite!” (The possibilities are endless!) indicates the project site, which invokes social utility as its first and foremost goal.

Federico Bastiani is an independent journalist who moved to Via Fondazza, and was seeking ways to expand the possibilities for his child of playing in the neighborhood. From this need, the idea of a Facebook group was born, expanding like wildfire and opening progressively to proposals and various initiatives such as the idea of ​​creating a shared garden, organizing Sunday treks over the hills …read more

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