“Canale Inferno”

Albumleaf 68: August 15, 2011 (Bologna)

The casual visitor to Bologna will only see paved streets–wide and narrow–with the typical jumble of little hatch-back cars, public buses, Vespas, and pedestrians. But for those who explore around the Via Delle Moline and the Via Riva Reno, a few stretches of the city’s centuries-old canal system are still visible. Some are only patches of green water seen through square holes cut into the street. But at one place you can hear–if not see–a canal rapid rushing behind the edifici. Elsewhere, a portion of a canal, two blocks long, quietly flowing, is still visible. And one can even go underground and see some of the old canals and streams moving underneath the city.

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