Things to do in Bologna

Discover world-class art and architecture in the city of Bologna

Bologna is the regional capital of Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It is declared as “City of Music” by UNESCO and is often listed as one of the most livable cities in Italy.
Bologna is one of the richest and most populous cities in Italy as well. It is also one of the most culturally diverse- showcasing festivals, fairs, architecture, monuments, and other tourist attractions.


Things to do in Bologna

Bologna is home to many architectural monuments, prominent landmarks, restaurants, shopping centers, and museums that are must-sees when you’re on holiday. Needless to say, running out of things to do in Bologna is the least of your worries.


Bologna Shopping

If you like to go shopping, you can wander the streets of the Quadrilatero, a medieval market that offers many regional specialties.


Piazza Santo Stefano & Piazza Maggiore

For a romantic experience, spend some time in Piazza Santo Stefano or Piazza Maggiore, two of the loveliest squares at the heart of the city. Piazza Maggiore is where you can find the famous Neptune Statue.


Bologna Nightlife

Bologna also offers a diverse and colorful nightlife to travelers and holidaymakers. Because the city has a large student population, many of the clubs, bars, and nightlife venues are modern and trendy as well.


When to go to Bologna

The climate in Bologna is humid subtropical. The summers are hot, muggy, and humid while the winters are cold and snowy. The hottest months are July to August and can rise above 37 °C (99 °F) while the coldest are December to January and can fall below −10 °C (14 °F). Rain usually falls in Spring and Autumn.

The best time to visit the city is from March to June, when the temperatures are warm but not hot and the weather is nice with little humidity. You can also take your holiday in winter – Bologna is amazing during the Christmas season.


Bologna Jazz Festival

In autumn, you can join the annual Bologna Jazz Festival where you can see and listen to the best of Italy’s jazz music.


Bologna Book Fair

In early spring, you can spend time at the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair. It is one of the most anticipated fairs in Bologna with publishers from around the world attend this prestigious event.


Things to do in Bologna

Bologna Facts

Population384 038
AirportBologna, Italy (BLQ)

Bologna average temperatures

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Bologna Opera House

Teatro Comunale di Bologna

While the exterior may be humble in its looks, when you get inside the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, you will be amazed by the interior design. The venue is huge with beautiful balconies where the attendance can enjoy both local and internationally acclaimed operas. The ceiling is clad with masonry which isn't just stunning to look at, it was also practical at the time it was built in the 18th century to protect the opera house from fires, which was a severe issue for big buildings like opera houses in that time. This didn't stop the building from having its fair share of fires though, and the venue has had several redesigns over the years but the sky-like ceiling is still in place and is a must see.

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Golf in Bologna

The premier place for golf in Bologna can be had at Golf Club Bologna, the only 18 hole course near the city (if you travel about 20km outside of the city your choice of golf courses increases). It was built in 1959 and has since been a place where the people of Bologna go when they are in need of a relaxing and fun round of golf. The environment here is beautiful with views of the surrounding countryside, and the course is challenging while still good for newer players. A great course in a great city!

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