A Series of Walking Tours of Bologna, Italy by Paola Bianco

Thursdays at 11:00 am EDT

Starting May 28, 2020, 11:00 am, EDT

Cost: $10 per walk

While you’re sitting in that armchair, why don’t you join us on an amble around Bologna, Italy? Paola Bianco will lead us in ever-widening walks through the streets of her town. The walks will increase in radius from her house, as COVID restrictions ease up in Italy. The first walk allows Paola to go only 200 meters from her home on via Saragozza. As restrictions loosen a bit, she’ll take us farther into the center of the city.

Paola is an architect, photographer, art historian, and fan of the Slow Food movement, so with these qualifications, she will show us Bologna from a multi-faceted viewpoint. If restrictions allow she will enter the beautiful food markets around town. 

So, sit back and take a virtual tour of an actual European town and dream that you have crossed 3,000 miles of ocean and are really in Italy. Someday. During this series of strolls, we will get to know the secrets of this city, alternatively known as La Grassa (the fat one for its reputation as having the best food in Italy), or La Dotta (the educated because its university is the oldest university in Europe) or La Rossa (for its red roofs). 



Paola Bianco
Instructor & Guide

Degree in Architecture at IUAV-Venice (IT) in 1997: The history of the art, history of architecture, and history of photography were also studied during this period.

TOEFL exam in 1997 (score 617/699).

Master of Science in Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University in Leicester (UK) in 1998.

Admitted to the Ordine degli Architetti della Provincia di Bologna (the registration to one of these Ordini is compulsory to work as an architect in Italy) in 2004 and registered up to present.

Opened a studio and design consultancy in 2006, which also periodically hosted events related to the arts (photography, sculpture, gardening, comics).

She participated between 2007 and 2012 to national and international competitions in architecture, photography, graphics.

Paola is a Member of Home Food association ( since 2013 and Saragozza Social Street from 2014.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.


Because we are not certain of the number of strolls in this series (it depends entirely upon the course of COVID), we will charge only by the presentation. Each stroll is $10. 

The hour-long tours will begin on May 28, 2020, at 11:00 am EDT, 8:00 am PDT, and 5:00 pm CEST. Just sit back and imagine yourself strolling along with Paola.


  • Each session will cost $10; future walks TBD

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • Within 24 hours of presentation, you will receive an email with the Zoom link 

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.

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