Monday, July 20, 2009

On the Street……The Character, Bologna

I only had one day in Bologna, but I made it work for me. I think Bologna is a really beautiful city and I look forward to making it a regular stop on my way from Florence to Milan. It is so easy to take the train between these cities, but next time I think I will take a car. From the train it looks like the most perfect region of Italy.


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  1. jbozak

    July 20, 2009 at 8:10 am

    The hands, the far off stare — Thinking about what was, what could have been, and what is no more. Melancholy never looked so fittingly splendid in ruby and creme.

  2. StreetstyleNews

    July 20, 2009 at 8:14 am

    That's Italy…


    July 20, 2009 at 8:14 am

    too dandy no?

  4. V

    July 20, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Dear The Sartorialist,
    if you love Italy, you should go to Turin. It's wonderful.
    ([email protected])

  5. paolo

    July 20, 2009 at 8:20 am

    scott anche io ero a bologna..condivido sul treno..molto meglio…ciao

  6. Le Veggie Burger

    July 20, 2009 at 8:31 am

    age and class..nothing more to be said

  7. Dellasposia

    July 20, 2009 at 8:37 am

    You should also check out Torino

  8. Mademoiselle C.

    July 20, 2009 at 8:40 am


  9. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 8:52 am

    You defenitly must come back… we do have style!

  10. Kohl Girl

    July 20, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Love Bologna! The city has amazing food!

  11. Passport Foodie

    July 20, 2009 at 9:06 am

    OMG that's me in 40 years. I love it.

    You just made my day.

    Passport Foodie

  12. Gabriela Vlad

    July 20, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Yes, i love Bologna too. I often do the same track with the train on my way to the airport. Don't you love to travel exactly on the edge of the seashore? Congratulations for the book!

  13. Soren Lorensen

    July 20, 2009 at 9:17 am


    i want him to have a black cat that goes everywhere with him

    and a cane

  14. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 9:44 am

    it has THE BEST down-home food EVER.

  15. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 9:45 am

    i can tell you more about him… he is pretty consistent with (t)his style, he wears the same outfit every day…and I meet him often on the streets.

  16. katatak

    July 20, 2009 at 9:59 am

    This gentleman lives near me in Bologna and he wears this suit every day! It always makes me happy to see him. He often stops me and my friends to talk about his poetry. What a trip to see him on here!

  17. Emom

    July 20, 2009 at 10:04 am

    A conversation with this man would be most interesting….

  18. Cristiano Bernardini

    July 20, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Be careful, taking the car from Florence to Bologna could be very "stressing" (it's a complete mess), maybe Scott you've never experienced the italian-middleman-driving-a-car.

  19. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I miss seeing fashionable but regular, non-fashion industry people on this blog. I keep checking, though, because once in a while I see someone great like this guy.

  20. JFK Jean

    July 20, 2009 at 10:36 am

    This is just wonderful. There's not many better sights than seeing an elderly man like this one have such grace and personal style….

  21. Seth Dalby

    July 20, 2009 at 10:56 am

    This image somewhat alleviates my fear of old man-ness. Thanks!

  22. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 11:02 am

    He looks great!

  23. Hadley Gets Crafty

    July 20, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I hope I, too, have that panache at that age.

    I also wish I looked that snazzy in a bowtie. Alas, this gal couldn't carry it off in a million years.

  24. Phoebe Rose

    July 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Gotta love a man in loafers!

  25. David

    July 20, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I was fortunate to study abroad for a summer in Bologna. A beautiful college city filled with beautiful people, and the food is incredible. Miss you Bologna!


    July 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    god . that s lovely. great bow.


  27. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Love, love Bologna. Northern Italian elegance with less attitude than Milano (but love it there too!), but more citified than Florence. Not to mention the food!!!

  28. crowsfeet

    July 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I beg to differ, Scott;
    he isn't just The Character – he's The Story.

    so very charming!

  29. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Couldn't you just have the longest and most interesting conversation with this most inviting man? Wow~!

  30. Verdiales

    July 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    A poet, in this day and age.


    Notice how the pocket square and bowtie do not match exactly, but the square, nearer his heart, is a more vivid and oxygenated red.

    Perhaps he composes in terza rima, which is also asymmetrical.

    Si spera.

  31. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Finally you've arrived to Bologna…:) Fantastic people, the creative hear of Italy, you'll find some great shots there..V

  32. unpeudeau

    July 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Oh wonderful! Welcome to Bologna!

  33. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Bologna is beautiful. Worth a trip for the Morandi Museum alone. Thank you for reminding me about this lovely city that I visited once years ago and hope to go back to one day.

  34. Lazy P

    July 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I was also pleasantly surprised by Bologna during a visit to Lineappelle last April. It felt like "no frills" Italy and great food!

  35. Amor

    July 20, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    More proof that it takes a real man to wear a bowtie. This is a good look, pretty much what I'm aiming for in my old age (which will be soon), except, of course, that the trousers need to be cut to accommodate a nice pair of boots.

  36. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Bologna's a great place to hang out – my favourite city in Italy. Off the tourist trail, exceptional food, almost like a big country town.

  37. Jonathan

    July 20, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Wow. Just wow. You're photographs of old men never cease to amaze me.


    July 20, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Scarlet red details, I'm in love.

  39. Adele

    July 20, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    why pollute when you could mass commute?

  40. Amanda

    July 20, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    That is breathtaking. So sublime. I love Bologna; probably my favourite city in the world. I feel that picture captures it perfectly.

  41. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    for some reason, i want to say, "the godfather"- all hail!

  42. Anonymous

    July 20, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    For some reason this reminded me of Alice in Wonderland- the mad hatter, perhaps? (no implication whatsoever on the attitude of the gentleman) Something about the colors seems straight out of a story book. Wonderful shot.

  43. nikky

    July 21, 2009 at 1:34 am

    the bow-tie tops it off perfectly.

  44. Fvad

    July 21, 2009 at 2:02 am

    I can hear him saying: I have seen better days !

  45. michellejflynn

    July 21, 2009 at 4:46 am

    This guy looks like Andrew Lloyd Weber with long hair!

  46. Julia

    July 21, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Wow! I lived in Bologna last year, and remember speaking to this man! He approached me one day on the street and started telling me his life story – he loves to write poetry and even recited several of his poems to me. He was very kind, and I would often see him on the streets, talking to whomever, and always dressed impeccably. This picture reminds me of my wonderful time in Bologna – it really made my day!

  47. Andrea

    July 21, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Fully recommend driving through Italy, espcially the Emilia-Romagna region. I took a back road from Bologna to Florence and had a huge grin on my face for two hours! Plus you see the Italy tourists never even hear of. Driving in the cities is stressful, so my tip as a foreigner is: take the travel time calculated by google and double it.

  48. Anonymous

    July 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Finally you got the chance to visit Bologna!!! Hope you enjoyed your stay and will come back, we have plenty of this kind of "Characters" in this amazing city.

  49. georgessa

    July 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    wow… i live very close to the "two towers"… and of course i've already seen the guy in the picture. i'll try to spot you (and your camera) around, then!

  50. The Danettes

    July 21, 2009 at 1:50 pm


  51. amaris

    July 21, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Bologna!wonderful art and food!

  52. Mister Bow Tie

    July 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Now that's a Mister Bow Tie!

  53. Anonymous

    July 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    If the world would have more of these characters…I would certainly be happy !!

    Thank you for this photograph.

    R.L.dB. from The Netherlands

  54. Bob

    July 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I hope when I am an old man I look like this and can pull something like this off.


  55. Hayley

    July 21, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    this is definitely the definition of cute, classy old man.

  56. wes

    July 22, 2009 at 5:01 am

    this guy looks like penguin in Batman!

  57. Con Frantzeskos

    July 22, 2009 at 5:26 am

    It is the best part of Italy – the Emilia Romagna region is unbelievable.

    Esp Milano Marittima and the coast…

  58. Anonymous

    July 22, 2009 at 5:40 am

    WOW! I live in Bologna and I see that man almost every day walking around in Piazza Maggiore!! Few years ago he also approached me and started to tell me the story of his life…he's a poet if I remember correctly and he recited his verses to me!!

  59. Emma Howard

    July 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    He seems very air-like with a whirlwind of mental activity taking place as he sits quietly in his clean white suit.

  60. Monsieur Callian

    July 22, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I don't know what it is about these old Gentlemen in Italy, they keep dressing up even when they are getting older, which is fantastic, we can all learn from them, because style matters!

  61. Anonymous

    July 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm


  62. Bombshell Kitten

    July 23, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Love that an older gentleman is still so superbly dressed!

  63. Anonymous

    July 23, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Bologna is great, not only for a dandy-attitude like this but also for the underground culture. I currently live in Bologna and i love it.

  64. Anonymous

    July 23, 2009 at 9:22 am

    you're right with Emilia Romagna, you should visit Modena too, and Carpi.
    Beautiful small cities and very stylish people, with Reggio Emilia they combine a little "fashion triangle" in ER, they produce a lot of fashion brands in that area (Blumarine, Pinko, Borbonese, and many others)

  65. Anonymous

    July 23, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I hope I'll be that cool when I'll reach 110.


  66. duncan

    July 23, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I look forward to getting old when I see a picture like this!

  67. Federica

    July 24, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Bologna is my city! I love it!
    Hope to see you soon here!

  68. voyaentrar

    July 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I hope to look that good when I grow up. I want to marry him. Is that legal in Italy?

  69. Anonymous

    July 27, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Love the bow tie and matching kerchief.

  70. Trish

    July 27, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Indeed – the most perfect region of Italy.

  71. Anonymous

    July 29, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Why did he have to ruin it with those black(!) mocassins and black socks?!
    Red socks as a match to the bowtie/hanky and a pair of white bucks, sir!!

  72. Anonymous

    July 30, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Bologna is ok, but mostly a left-wing city which strongly reminds me of some communist era..

    Scott, why no trips to Rome? Or even more south?

  73. Stefania

    October 11, 2009 at 11:15 am

    About the last comment..
    Bologna is a beautiful city, a hidden gem. Great people, great style.
    Politics has nothing to do with style.

  74. Anonymous

    October 12, 2009 at 4:25 am

    he looks like a marshmellow to me

  75. Bluespana

    June 13, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I was wondering when you'd get to Bologna. A city with its own style and soul.

  76. Douglasting73

    October 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I am glad that u like my hometown, characters like this are not that common in Hong Kong (my current home) especially sitting outdoor….

  77. SaritaAgerman

    December 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Love this photo! He looks like such a character, one who has a passion for life and who’d have so much to tell

    Hope you come back to Bologna again soon!

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