Every time I left my hotel I passed these wooden doors. When I first arrived in Bologna it was the weekend and many of the little shops on the streets in the immediate neighborhood were closed. I assumed that there was some kind of business lurking behind these doors, but there wasn’t a sign so who knew?
Finally on Monday morning when I passed by I saw that the doors were open and noticed these bicycle tires hanging on the door.I peered inside the dark room and found it crowded with bicycles. I couldn’t see anyone inside and wondered who was working here.
Finally one afternoon as I headed back to the hotel I saw the proprietor, an elderly gentleman, checking out a client’s bike. I tried to get a closeup of him in the shop, but it was just too dark in there. I wonder how long he’s had his bicycle repair shop?
May 17, 2012 at 1:45 am
Love this Janie. A glimpse of the real Italy. Beautiful and so true. I bet he’s been there man and boy. Jxx
May 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm
I love those doors wish I could have a garden gate like those doors. I wish I could walk the cobblestreets of Sicily. Please take some more pictures of doors!!! As for the bicycle shop, I’m sure he the proprieter loves what he does. 🙂 Havea fabulous weekend!
May 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm
Lucia Grace-I too love the beautiful doors all across Italy. I know I have more photos to share.
May 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm
As a cyclist, I can assure you that is what most of the bike shops in Italy look like, and the age of many of the proprietors. While a challenge to find bike mechanics, particularly in paesini, if you ask around, you’ll find them.
May 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm
Seattle Ciclista-thanks for the scoop-you should know!
May 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm
Isn’t it wonderful to discover things like this? I love that you shared photos of your discovery with us! 🙂
May 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm
Bella-everywhere that you turn in Italy there is wonderful discovery.
May 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm
May 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm
B-you bike rider you! When you come to Lucca next year we will ride along the wall together-you will love it.
July 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm
I love your photo of the doors. Just back from Bologna but couldnt find this bike shop.
I need your help. Keep the doors coming.