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What to do in Bologna and surroundings during Ferragosto

Posted on 02 August 2022 From Bologna Welcome

Ferragosto is by far one of Italy's most longingly-awaited summer holidays, where spring breakers can unwind and enjoy themselves between celebrations and out-of-town trips. Should you be stuck in the city and still not know what to do, let our extensive cultural offer inspire you, between culture, cinema, nature, music and much more.


Ferragosto... at the musuem

This year's bank holiday is a great opportunity to explore our museums: few people, air conditioning and amazing masterpieces. SMArt Summer 2022 will be right up your alley with a series of guided tours of the Museums and Collections of the University of Bologna. On schedule for 14 August are:

Also, if you are still keen to plunge into Bologna’s artistic soul, all Civic Museums will open their doors both on the 14th and the 15th, including the Archaeological Museum, Palazzo Pepoli, seat of the City History Museum, and the National Art Gallery.


Ferragosto... at the open air cinema

The final evenings of the film festival Sotto le Stelle del Cinema will feature the film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb by Stanley Kubrick , to be screened in Piazza Maggiore on the night of August 13th. A last chance to enjoy a movie in this beautiful location, since the night of August 14th shall be dedicated to the memory of Dino Sarti e Leonildo Marcheselli. More info here



Ferragosto...in the nature

Following the successful 2021 edition, attended by more than 10,000 hikers, the festival Crinali will be back with music and artists along the territory's finest nature trails. More significantly, the Banditaliana trio's concert will be held on the evening of 14 August in Vergato, followed by a  music performance by Carlo Maver and Joe Pisto on the evening of 15 August in Grizzana Morandi. Info here.

If you wish to experience an unforgettable evening just a few kilometres from the city centre, you will have the chance to behold the sunset from the hill of Tizzano, one of the loveliest viewpoints in the hills around Bologna. You can then round off the evening with a charming dinner among the vineyards of an agriturismo and conclude the whole with a hike under the starlit sky. For further information on the event, visit the website.



Ferragosto... lulled by the music 

If you're into classical music, you cannot miss the Respighi Suite guided tour and concert, dedicated to Ottorino Repsighi, famous bolognese composer and musicologist. The event will take place with the Certosa Monumental Cemetery, a quite evocative location for a great music evening. 

Another place where you can spend your bank holiday while listening to some good music is Serre dei Giardini Margherita. Included in the main urban park, this spot is perfect to chill out, relax and enjoy some great music from 5pm till midnight. 


Ferragosto... by the pool

If you want to take a break from this summer heat, spend the day by one of the many swimming pools around Bologna, with a host of events planned for the 15th.



Ferragosto... discovering Bologna

This bank holiday is the perfect opportunity to explore Bologna and its monuments; the city is quiet, relatively free of crowds and nonetheless looking forward to welcoming visitors with a wealth of tours and experiences to enjoy.
A night out of town will take you around Bologna to admire landscapes and locations glittering brightly beneath starlit skies. Or how about the Rickshaw Towers Tour, in total comfort, on board a rickshaw othrough the wonders of the "turreted" city. If you are a foodie, then Taste of Bologna is definitely your tour, as you stroll through markets and taste the most amazing local specialties.



Ferragosto... having fun 

If you want to spend the day in a different way, we suggest taking advantage of the special opening of the Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari in Imola, where you will be able to walk along the grid and racetrack. All info available here. 

If you want to spend the day with your family in a unique place, we suggest a visit to Fico, the themed park dedicated to the agri-food sector and gastronomy. With its attractions, restaurants, gardens and events, it can be the perfect place for the young and old alike. 


Enjoy your Ferragosto in Bologna!

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