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All Saints' weekend in Bologna: what to do

Posted on 15 October 2021 From Bologna Welcome

The long weekend from 29 October to 1 November 2021 is the perfect opportunity to visit Bologna and its territory, with countless activities to experience, ranging from city events to outdoor trips, exhibitions, festivals and fairs, places to explore and guided tours for all ages. Let's take a look at some great ideas:

1. Urban Trekking

This weekend we celebrate Urban Trekking, a national day set aside for people wishing to walk and rediscover urban and green spaces. Advance booking is compulsory as guided tours often get sold out, but it's worth a shot

Visit the dedicated minisite ->


Have you had the chance to visit FICO since its reopening? This is indeed the perfect period, as the park is planning a weekend full of Halloween-themed events and initiatives: monsters, tricks and treats, shows and zombie walks. A must-attend event for the youngest! 

See the events in detail ->

3. Das Weinen (Das Wähnen) - Arena del Sole

If you fancy spending the weekend at the theatre, the show Das Weinen (Das Wähnen) will be on stage on the 30th and 31st at the Arena del Sole. Performed in German with Italian surtitles, this original play tells the story of the encounter between two exceptional Swiss men whose paths crossed on one occasion despite their shared life experiences. 

More info here (Italian version) ->

4. Foto/Industria

JAN GROOVER Untitled / Untitledcirca 1978© Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne–Jan Groover Archive

Luckily, this year the holiday break happens to be coinciding with the most eagerly awaited photography biennial: Foto/Industria - FOOD. Check out the 11 free exhibitions across 10 different venues: just sign in and start your tour. 

Discover Foto/Industria ->

5. Tartufesta

If you love to eat,  to enjoy the flavours of autumn, or simply to behold the shimmering colours of nature, you surely don't to miss Tartufesta! On this long weekend the festival will be held across the towns of Savigno, Sasso Marconi, Loiano and Monghidoro

See full programme here ->

6. Clock Tower

How about the most stunning view in Bologna? Rumor has it that you just have to reach the terrace of the Clock Tower , accompanied by a detailed audioguide. And what if admission to the nearby Art Collections was included in the ticket? Don't you wish to find out more? 

Book now->

7. Jurassic e Real Bodies Experience

If you're not really into art exhibitions and wish to try something different, give Real Bodies or Jurassic Experience a chance: the choice is yours between human anatomy and the world of dinosaurs.

8. Bologna Marathon

As part of the weekend, a new edition of the Bologna Marathon is taking place. Athletes from all over the world are ready to challenge each other running along the city streets, among towers, porticoes and monuments. Why don't you join them, if not for running, at least for cheering. 

More information here ->

9. Guided tour to Lucio Dalla's House

© Photo by Giacomo Maestri

Lucio's house will be opening its doors to visitors on Saturday 30. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the home of the eclectic Bolognese singer-songwriter, made up of artworks and unique exhibits. Last spots available! 

Book now ->

10. Baccanale - Imola

For an escape out of town, nearby Imola is certainly the right place to visit on the occasion of Baccanale, a festival of gastronomy and beyond featuring stands and many different events. 

Go to the programme (Italian version)->

11. Finally, a live concert 

Let music lead the way during this weekend, in the spirit of classical music inside the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi, jazz at the Bologna Jazz Festival or indie-pop melodies by the duo Kings of Convenience.

Discover them all ->

12. Give art exhibitions a chance! 

An artistic season full of events has just begun, so why not avail yourself of an exhibition of paintings such as Giovanni Boldini's at Palazzo Albergati, or enjoy an exposé of historic Bolognese motorbikes from the 50s and 60s?

Furthermore, if you are interested in learning more about Frida Kahlo's life, visit Palazzo Belloni and its exhibition/experience

Discover HERE all ongoing exhibitions.

13. Wander through the wooded countryside of the Apennines

From the changing foliage colours to the slumbering sounds of nature... the Bolognese Apennines offer many opportunities to dive deep into the autumn atmosphere. If you fancy spending the weekend away from the city with your family, just join the Piccoli esploratori del bosco (Little explorers of the forest) tour or delight your senses at the truffle festival with Gustotrekking: special Tartufesta

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