Angolazioni Rotonde (Round Angles)
Bologna. A city that leaves you amazed for the beauty of its historic centre, famous for its endless arcades, its towers and for being the seat of the oldest university in the world, which is still prestigious today. Bologna is also known for its hospitality: its food is rich and tasty; its ancient medieval walls surrounding the centre seem to wrap visitors in a warm embrace; its business and production activities combine tradition and innovation, always aiming at quality. Our Bologna is seen through a specific magnifying glass: Our aim is to present tours in the green and to show some accessible city areas that can also be visited by wheelchair users.
City areas and paths in the green
Angolazioni rotonde is divided into two sections: city areas and paths in the green. The green areas are located in some districts of the Metropolitan City of Bologna. For us this peri-urban reality is very important: nature can be harsh and arduous, but it is possible to find excursions in the green which are accessible to everybody. Impossibility is not necessarily a total limitation; on the contrary, though for sure we cannot radically change the current state of things, we know that some conditions and circumstances can become more plastic.
A digital guide
Angolazioni rotonde is a digital guide that does not follow strict and systematic parameters to classify accessibility, made of centimetres and rulers, but allows us to imagine more flexible, extensible and pliable perimeters. The project focuses on different degrees of motor disability: from the sole use of a wheelchair, to the possibility for the disabled person to climb a few steps, travel alone or with one or more accompanying people. This organic guide draws on existing material on institutional and local authorities websites, while being contaminated by our pragmatic look. We have personally checked and retraced the paths we propose. All ten paths in the green areas, which cross and surround the city, have been planned and designed with a ring pattern. These paths do not present particular difficulties, but for all of them we recommend you go accompanied by one or more accompanying people, due to the presence of various steep slopes and, in some stretches, of unpaved ground. In this way, you will be able to explore green oases, along streets that cross the Calanchi (Italian badlands) and the Parco dei Gessi or the cycle paths that go through the city parks, the pulsating oxygen hearts of Bologna.
Why Angolazioni rotonde (Round Angles)
The aim of the project and of the mapping carried out so far (which we hope will keep on being carried out) is to place at the forefront not the obstacle but its overcoming, not the fragility of those who travel but their ability to do it. We decided to favour walks and the use of public transport to move around and outside the city, so that visitors can become aware of the place they are visiting starting from the path they use to reach it. Angolazioni Rotonde explores the entire city and does not just suggest pre-established thematic tours, but also includes areas seen from a detailed angle; interesting realities to visit whose choice was totally subjective, related to what Bologna means for us, a choice which investigates and explains the everyday life that flows through the veins of this city. It is a look over the city from the perspective of those who live and work there in Bologna, those who were born there, stayed there for a while or decided to stop there.
The desire to know is the spice of this mixture and the dystopic utopia that travelling can be a necessary dimension; a source from which to draw in order to savour what is still unknown and, as for the great explorers, to embrace currents that allow us to overcome those beliefs that frequently set limits. Limits that could be softened and bypassed. This is a useful guide to consult also for walking in the centre, among the streets full of boutiques and shops, or among the alleys where you can find frescoed arcades, unexpected courtyards and churches on the hills: these suggestions will allow you to let yourself be captured by surprising views, scents that tease your sense of smell, explorations to share with your travel companions in a wheelchair, with crutches, with strollers or by foot.
A Legend appears on each page with four icons of different colours indicating the degree of accessibility, which will allow you to immediately understand the level and the difficulty/ease of our proposals.