Alex Sakalis

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Alex Sakalis is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in the BBC, The Economist and openDemocracy among others. He lives in Bologna. Follow him on Instagram at @sakalisalex.

Articles by AlexSakalis

Tue, 10/18/2022 - 09:11
Opened in 1864, the Ferrovia Porrettana was the first transapennine railway line in Italy, connecting Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany by train for the firs…
Wed, 09/14/2022 - 13:06
Grecia Salentina is the name given to a segment of Salento where Griko — a dialect of Greek — is still spoken. The area comprises nine villages — Cali…
Thu, 08/25/2022 - 03:51
Exploring Italy by train isn’t a hard sell. But moving away from the main intercity routes can make it even more appealing. Some surprisingly niche ro…
Thu, 07/21/2022 - 03:38
Though famous for its medieval city center filled with Renaissance buildings and porticoes, Bologna has always adapted to the tastes of each passing c…
Tue, 06/28/2022 - 03:59
The Ciclovia del Sole, a large, traffic-free, pan-European cycleway, has just inaugurated a new section in Emilia-Romagna. Stretching from Mirandola i…
Thu, 05/19/2022 - 02:59
The city of Bologna is quickly becoming a destination in its own right rather than just a curiosity stop on the Venice-Florence-Rome route. You could…
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 00:24
Reggio Emilia may lack the showstopper sights of its neighbours, but this pretty, historic town is well worth a visit Poor Reggio Emilia. Though pict…
Tue, 01/04/2022 - 03:08
Known for its beautifully preserved centro storico, its role as the birthplace of the Italian flag and the namesake of one half of Parmigiano-Reggiano…
Wed, 10/13/2021 - 08:46
Bologna is often touted as the food capital of Italy and is home to some of the country’s most famous delicacies, such as tortellini, tagliatelle al r…
Mon, 08/02/2021 - 09:23
Giovanni “Gio” Ponti (1891-1979) is widely regarded as one of the most influential architects and designers of all time. A modern-day renaissance man…
Thu, 09/17/2020 - 05:30
Bologna is a fascinating city. Large enough to never be boring, yet small enough to never feel overwhelming, it sits roughly at the tripoint between M…
Mon, 06/22/2020 - 12:05
Gorizia is not your typical Italian experience, but that’s what makes it so special Few foreigners have heard of Gorizia, a city of around 35,000 inh…
Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:42
In this half-day cycle starting from central Bologna and ending at the small town of Sasso Marconi, you can take in hilly scenery of Bologna’s back co…
Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:16
Udine , the historical capital and second largest city in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, is an overlooked gem. With its Renaissance squares, Ven…