I’m Audrey, a dual American/Italian citizen who lived and blogged in Bologna, Italy from 2012 to 2014.  I’m now based in San Francisco, CA.

Prior to my Italian adventure, I lived on Long Island, NY, in North Carolina, Madrid (for study abroad), Seattle, and Los Angeles.  Having learned that there’s no better way to experience a city than to live there and that becoming comfortable with BEING UNCOMFORTABLE only makes you stronger, I jumped at the opportunity to move to Bologna when given the chance.

I started this blog to document my adventures and to share my experiences with family, friends, and whoever else is interested.

If you want to get in touch leave a comment, find me on Twitter, or e-mail me at ciaobolognaitalia [AT] gmail.

Thanks for stopping by!




16 thoughts on “About

  1. Nick Passarella

    Small world! I heard you’ve talked with my girlfriend, Casey. Your blog was the first I found months ago when we first contacted and researched dulcamara. We cannot wait to visit Bologna!


    1. ciaobologna Post author

      I’ve had some small world situations in the past, but I’d say this one is a contender for the Crazy Small World title. I guess when you filter the people of the world down by those who like farming, WWOOFing, & live-able, no-BS cities like Durham & Bologna, the world gets even smaller. There is lots of yummy food waiting for you! A dopo!

  2. tinatangos

    Hi there! I’m an American living with my Italian in Faenza (45 minutes from BO) and we’ll soon be moving to Bologna. I’ve been on the search for Bologna-based blogs and am glad I found this! I’ll be sure to follow. 🙂

    1. ciaobologna Post author

      Hi Tina. Piacere! Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself. I just checked out your blog and was excited to see you are a tango dancer. I used to dance (ballet/jazz/tap) and dabbled in Salsa when I lived in Seattle. I had so much fun with Salsa classes and would love to try other types of social dancing. Good luck with your move to BO. I’ll be sure to follow too.

  3. Erica Preo

    You guys have a great blog, I’m so happy I found it! I’ve been to Bologna several times but mostly quick business trips, I’d like to learn more about it because I’m sure to be back again.

    1. ciaobologna Post author

      Hi, Erica. Thanks for the note! I stopped by your blog and just had to send Luke’s architect and golden retriever-loving sister the link to those canine blueprints… so great! I was categorizing the blog today and realized not enough posts are actually about Bologna. I will amp up my Bologna posts so that there’s more material before your next trip. Ciao!

  4. Marie

    Hello Audrey and Luke !
    I am Marie from France, I sent you an email on your gmail address a fews days ago, did you get it ? I am in Bologna next week working on a project (www.popinthecity.com) and I would be very happy to meet you !

  5. John

    Hi guys,

    My wife and I are moving to Bologna (from Australia) in August. I’ve already picked up some great tips on your blog, thanks! It looks like you’re really enjoying it there and your blog is a nice teaser for us. I appreciate you sharing your experiences like this!


    1. ciaobologna Post author

      Hey, John! Thanks for dropping a note. It’s great to find out who’s reading this and that our posts are potentially helpful. If you haven’t been warned already, August is a strange month in Bologna (and in Italian cities in general). First of all, it’s super hot. Second, most Italians take the entire month of August off for vacation. They flock to the beaches leaving Bologna semi-deserted. University is not in session so the city feels empty without all of the students hanging about. A lot of restaurants and shops close either for the whole month or at least 2 weeks. There’s enough open that you can still buy groceries and grab a bite out, but I’d call restaurants/stores before you go to double check that they’re open. Long story short — just don’t take your first impression of Bologna in August too seriously. It will seem like a whole new city in September. Good luck with the move!

      1. John Dellinger

        Thanks for the tip!

        We’ll be in Albarella with friends until the 12th. I’m coming to SAIS and that is when the housing office opens. We’re going through them to find a place, unless we stumble across something on our own.

        We’ll go through your old posts, but if you have any other tips for new arrivals feel free to send them our way. We would be most grateful!

        Cheers, JD

        Sent from my iPhone

      2. ciaobologna Post author

        I hadn’t heard of Albarella, but it looks like a great location to spend the first weeks of August.

        You should be in great hands with the SAIS staff. They are experts at getting students settled in the city. I did write a post about our apartment hunting experience that may be helpful: http://bit.ly/IQmMi8. This guide from IWF Bologna is the most comprehensive guide I’ve seen on moving to Bologna: http://bit.ly/Zi9XKa.

        Feel free to reach out if you run into any questions.

  6. Rifugio Segavecchia

    Ciao Audrey.
    R U doing you two?
    I’ve just read you blog post about us. Nice memories…
    I’m writing to tell you that we started our 3rd season, we have a phone number (+39 347-6531850 – +39349-1869176), an e-mail address info@rifugiosegavecchia.it a facebook profile https://www.facebook.com/rifugiosegavecchia and, soon, a website: http://www.rifugiosegavecchia,it

    Hope to see you again..

    Thanks a lot for your review about us.

    Are you still in bologna?

    A presto!!


    1. ciaobologna Post author

      Ciao, Francesco! Thanks for the updated info. We are still in Bologna. We plan to hike Corno alle Scale again this year and we’ll try to stop by and say hi. I hope all is well at Segavecchia!


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