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Explore Bologna and make exciting discoveries with HC3 courtesy copy of BO-Stick

Bo-Stick di Gabriele Cremonini
Gabriele Cremonini

Bo-Stick is not a guide to the city of Bologna. There are already many in existence and they are all rather comprehensive. We, as Bolognesi, know that the city is not easily discovered, especially by those here briefly on business. Bo-Stick is a romantic itinerary through the hearth of the city, rediscovering small-scale events that continue to be remembered, alongside those of great artistic and historical importance. Bologna, its churches, its arcades and its treasures from the background to a route made up of short stops, brief periods in history and mysteries that the visitor comes across unexpectedly.
For this reason we believe that Bo-Stick is the best welcome gift for our guests and we hope that this journey through a hundred mysteries and curiosities in and around Bologna will lead to an unconventional, interesting walk around the hearth of our city.
(quoted from the book's introduction)


The sundial of the Basilica of San Petronio was conceived and creted by Gian Domenico Cassini, a professor at the University of Bologna around 1656, after the one by Egnazio Danti (1579) was destroyed during expansion work on the church. For the calculations, Cassini (who worked together with Domenico Guglielmini) used instruments that are now displayed in the University museums. The sundial of San Petronio is the longest in the world (lenght 67.72m, light opening at 27m from the floor, distance between solstices 56m); its length corresponds to the six hundred thousandth part of the earth's meridian. One could use to calculate the exact day of the spring equinox. The sundial was restored in 1775 by the astronomer Eustachio Manfredi, who exchanged the iron line for one of brass. the construction of San Petronio began in 1390 under the direction of Antonio di Vincenzo. The original model was commissioned to the architect to celebrate the power regained by the commune. In 1514 Arduino degli Arriguzzi proposed a new model using the latin cross that would have been bigger than the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome. According to the legend Pius VI stopped this huge plan going ahead by hurring up the building of the Archiginnasio. The façade of San Petronio was also left unfinished.

(BO-Stick, A journey through hundred mysteries and curiosities of Bologna and its territory, 2007 Edizioni Pendragon - page 32)


For centuries the stone inscription, discovered in Casaralta and now preserved in the Civic Medieval Museum (Museo Civico Medievale), has fascinated scholars and literary experts from around the world (including Carl Gustav Jung), but no one has resolved the mystery. The enigma, translated, goes something like this: "Aelia Lelia Crispis, not man nor woman nor androgynous, not child nor young nor old, not castle nor whore nor chaste, but everything together. Death, not by hunger, nor by sword nor by poison, but everything together. Not in the sky, nor in water, nor lying on earth, but everywhere. Lucio Agatho Crispis, neither husband nor lover nor parent, neither sad nor happy nor weeping, he knows and doesn't know for whom this mystery was created, (which is) neither a mausoleum, nor a piramid, nor a tomb, but everything together". The search for a feasible solution continues...

(BO-Stick, A journey through hundred mysteries and curiosities of Bologna and its territory, 2007 Edizioni Pendragon - page 7)


"As seems the Garisenda, to behold / Beneath the leaning side, when goes a cloud / Above it so that opposite it hangs...". The poet Dante wrote these lines about the Garisenda Tower, comparing it to the giant, Antaeus. The words are chiseled into a stone fixed to the side of the tower which stands 48.16m high and was erected between 1351 and 1360 by Filippo and Oddo Garisendi (in Dante's time, it stood 60m high, but part of it was lopped off for fear that the tower would fall over). In these lines the poet was referring to an atmospheric phenomenon that the Bolognese knew well: if you look at the Garisenda and the clouds are going towards the hills, bad weather is coming; if they go down in the other direction it will be sunny. If they are travelling towards the East the weather will be uncertain, but if they are travelling towards the West it will be certain to rain.

(BO-Stick, A journey through hundred mysteries and curiosities of Bologna and its territory, 2007 Edizioni Pendragon - page 52)


The statue of Neptune, commissioned by Julius II in 1500s, was the work of the Flemish sculptor, Jean Boulogne de Douai (in Bologna he was given the name of Giambologna). The statue is one of te most famous symbols of Bologna and casts a benevolent and protective shadow over those passing through the main Piazza. This colossal god of the sea was created in 1564 in the Fabbriceria of San Petronio, which was located in Piazza Galvani number 3. However, there was a time in the Baroque period in which the Bolognesi decided to cover the genitalia of this god of the sea (which were deemed "giant") with a pair of chaste bronze trousers, in order to avoid scandalizing the Bolognese ladies. The story goes that Neptune wore them for at least a century.

(BO-Stick, A journey through hundred mysteries and curiosities of Bologna and its territory, 2007 Edizioni Pendragon - page 44)




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