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10 things to do in Bologna over the 8 December weekend

Posted on 07 December 2022 From Bologna Welcome

As we approach the holidays, Bologna is becoming even more magical. Come visit us over the 8 December long weekend

You will be able to see for yourself and feel the beauty of the Christmas period thanks to the various markets, countless events and illuminations decking the city streets!

Here are the events to attend over the long weekend, from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 December 2022!

1. Christmas Market Tour

Browse through the markets, amidst decorations, ornaments and figurines, o just stroll around with a good hot chocolate whilst enjoying the many mouth-watering delicacies - check these out!

2. … and beyond: plunging into the past

Give a chance to these two special, vintage-themed markets: the former inside the Covered Square of the Sala Borsa Library featuring clothing and objects by Gomito a Gomito that can be given a new lease of life, and the latter facing the Basilica of Santo Stefano, a classic antiques market. 


3. Live the Renaissance

Book your guided tour of the Julius II and Raphael exhibition for an insight into the Renaissance in Bologna. Meeting on Saturday and Sunday at the Pinacoteca Nazionale in via delle Belle Arti.

4. Photo Exhibition in Piazza Maggiore

The photographic exhibition Byways dedicated to Roger Deakins, well-known cinematographer and winner of countless awards, primarily in the field of American cinema, has just been set up inside the subway of Piazza Maggiore. Free admission.  Entrance near the Apple shop.

For more exhibitions , check out our blog.

5. First-class guided tours

Don't miss the UNESCO heritage tour of the Bolognese Porticoes in a journey of discovery through their history while marvelling at the geometries that shape the heart of Bologna.

Or perhaps you wish to explore the halls of the Palazzo del Buon Governo, better known as Palazzo Caprara Montpensier, centennial stronghold of power and government, now seat of the City Prefecture. 

6. A day off at FICO

Boredom won't be a problem at the FICO Food Park, among craft markets, Christmas villages, ice skating rinks, tastings and entertainment. Children will also enjoy the animal farm and the new North Pole-themed playground.

7. A night with Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro on stage

Passione in musica | Teatro Mazzacorati 1763

The best talents of the Conservatory of Bologna are performing with their teachers on an exceptional stage, providing a combination of human and professional interaction. Event on 8 December at 20:30 with free admission and compulsory pre-booking.

8. Visit to Santa's puppet workshop

Spend a special Sunday at Santa's Puppet Workshop! See for yourself how puppets are made in Bagnarola straight from Bologna's passionate and master puppeteers.

9. Feel at home with the People's Theatre at the Baraccano

Raise a glass to the holidays on 10 December at the Baraccano Theatre! After a pleasant stroll through the porticoes of Via Belle Arti and Via Zamboni, why not enjoy the concert Musica per Sassolino, played by the Baraccano Orchestra.

The concert will be introduced by a toast!

10. Last but not least: Ducati!

Discover the world of Ducati, MotoGP and Superbike champion!

Visit the Ducati Museum in Borgo Panigale, just outside Bologna, thanks to a special offer that combines the Ducati Museum with the best cultural experiences in town. Delve into the history and avant-garde of the world-famous Bolognese motor manufacturer and enjoy the very best of cultural activities.



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