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What to do in Bologna and its surroundings in hot weather

Updated on 17 July 2023 From Bologna Welcome

If you're struggling to cope with the summer heat in Bologna, we got you covered! From swimming pools to outdoor trips up to A/C-equipped museums, here are some cool suggestions for you.

Visiting museums and art galleries is by far the best solution! Take a break from the heatwave while enjoying some of the city's most iconic artworks and masterpieces. Nestled within the university district lies the wonderful botanical garden, a two-hectar green expanse enclosing various plant species.

If the heights are not a problem, at 97 meters from the ground, from the the terrace of Asinelli Tower air is very refreshing. And also, do you know that the Clock Tower, with the Municipal Art Collections, in Palazzo d'Accursio can be visited? The view of Piazza Maggiore from its two terraces is breathtaking. Enjoy the view...and the breeze.

Alternatively, you can go shopping for a few hours by choosing among the many shopping malls or spend a day of family fun at FICO.

At the end of the day, when the heat gives a little respite, what better way to spend the evening than having a snack or drink in green parks or with a good film in Piazza Maggiore sitting before Europe's largest open-air cinema?

If you'd rather not stay indoors, you can cool off in the many swimming pools located just outside the city centre. Alternatively, you can pay a visit to Village Salute Più, a spa with a waterpark nestled in the hills half an hour from Bologna.

Last but not least, if the seaside is too far away, lakes and rivers may be a good compromise. Some of the most beautiful and largest lakes in the region, such as Suviana and Brasimone, are located in the Bolognese Apennines. What's better than a trip to the lake to immerse yourself in nature and cool down a bit? And why not sunbathe on the bank of the Reno river in Lido di Casalecchio? Reachable easly by bike along the cycle path, a real bathing establishment welcomes you.

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