What Else to do in Bologna

It seems that most guidebooks say very little if anything about Bologna so I have begun to put together a list of things to do in Bologna. This is a "work in progress" so please check back for more /new information.

  • Discover how certain Italian DOP products are made with Culinary Factory Tours www.culinary-factory-tours.com Open on Sundays.
  • Learn Italian with your personal tutor, experience the culture, live like a local with Love Italian, www.loveitalian.it
  • Try Hot Yoga at http://www.hotyogabologna.com/. Native English speaker Fiona learned from Bikram himself! Open Sundays.
  • Need a pedicure, manicure, waxing or a massage? Try Beautiful Line and ask for Vicky or Rossana, who speak very good English. via San Mamolo 1A, Bologna.
  • Visit the Mercato dei Fiori in Piazza San Francesco every Tuesday morning (from 8-13hrs) to see and purchase flowers. Especially nice in the spring.
  • Visit our Slow Food market in Piazzetta Pasolini. It is usually open every Saturday until end of May. Then for June, July and August it is open on Monday evenings. Beginning on May 7th, the Slow Food market will also be open Thursday evenings throughout the summer. 

Everything closed on Sunday? Not really, here are some ideas:

On the first Sunday of every month you can visit the Pinacoteca Nazionale on Via delle Belle Arti, 56 Bologna free of charge.

Antiques Fair in Piazza Santo Stefano (St. Stephan's Square) - the second weekend of every month. Free of charge.


Visit San Luca

Whether you wish to exercise or just sightsee, walking up to San Luca is a popular thing to do. Day or night, there is always a fair amount of people walking under the well light porticoes. On a clear day, you will get some impressive views of the city. To go on the walk, you can begin at Porta Saragozza and you walk all the way up. Some areas are steep but if you stop to rest, you will be fine. Bring water and anything else as there are no food rests or restrooms along the way. there is a restroom at the very top and there is a pizzeria (Vito's) just outside the realm of the Church. On your way back into town, stop at Sorbetteria Saragozza for wonderful gelato.


Excerpt from Wikipedia: The Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca is a basilica church in  northern Italy, in a forested hill some 300 metres above the plain, just south-west of the historical centre of the city.
While a road now leads up to the sanctuary, it is also possible to reach it along a (3.5 km) monumental roofed arcade. Portico di San Luca consisting of 666 arches, which was built in 1674-1793. It was meant to protect the icon as it was paraded up the hill. A yearly procession from the Cathedral of San Pietro in the centre of Bologna to the Sanctuary goes along this path. Originally the arches held icons or chapels erected by the patron family.

The icon of the Virgin Mary, allegedly painted by Luke the Evangelist.
The Sanctuary was meant to house a miraculous icon of the virgin. A church or chapel existed on the hill for about a thousand years. The present church was constructed in 1723.

More things to do in Bologna


The Daily Mail - A Saucy weekend in Bologna


The Guardian - Where to eat in Bologna