Fulbright Year Italy

Research, travel, and legal dispatches from my Fulbright year in Bologna, Italy.

Author Archives: Janna Brancolini

Local and National Governments Clash Over Gay Marriage in Italy

Bologna Mayor Virginio Merola (left) and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano (right) have squared off over same-sex marriage in Italy. Photos courtesy of the City of Bologna and the Italian Ministry of … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Photo of the Month: December 2014

After so many weeks living in a fortified city, this month’s theme is nature. Click photos to enlarge. View from the hilltop town of Montecatini Alto in Tuscany. The rooms … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Bologna

Above: Looking down on Bologna’s historic city center.  The 2014 Rick Steves Guide to Italy, an impressive tome clocking in at more than 1,200 pages, devotes exactly one paragraph to … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

Photo of the Month: November 2014

A regular feature with a few of my favorite images taken over the past month: Above: The inside of the Altare della Patria, Rome’s monument to the fatherland. Above: View of Rome … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Unexpected Environmentalism — Rome as a City of Rebuilding and Reuse

Rome’s constant transformation and re-use make it an unlikely contender for one of Europe’s great sustainable cities. Above: the Pantheon. ROME, Italy — Architect and urban environmentalist Tom Rankin admits … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

80-Year-Old Court Case Comes to a Close in Naples

The decision finally resolves a 1934 property dispute surrounding a plot of land that required the court to trace the chain of title back to 1536. Above: Naples. NAPLES, Italy … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Uncovering the Legend of Bettisia Gozzadini, Europe’s First Female Legal Scholar

Above: A bust of Gozzadini is displayed in the Museo della Storia di Bologna (Museum of the History of Bologna), where it sits alongside busts of other prominent Bolognese women … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment