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What to do in Bologna and surroundings during Ferragosto

Posted on 12 August 2020 From Bologna Welcome

Ferragosto is just around the corner, and despite this particularly hard year, there is no shortage of events, activities and things to do for all tastes in the city and the surrounding area. 

Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of this festival, which has now become a unique time to enjoy the often less crowded city. Out-of-town trips, museum visits, a day off at the swimming pool and much more.

Ferragosto... in the countryside 

The Apennines in the Bologna area certainly offer unassailable refuge from the heatwave, but they're not limited to that. They are places of uncontaminated nature, absolute peace and immortal charm. This year, the event par excellence in the Apennines is Crinali, which, with its cultural events, combines the pleasure of a walk with the surprise of art performances. Check out the programme and book your experience.

Ferragosto... at the open air cinema

Last evening on the 14th of August in Piazza Maggiore and Lunetta Gamberini Park for the "Sotto le Stelle del Cinema" movie festival. You can enjoy the film Extraliscio-Punk Balera by Elisabetta Sgarbi, who will present the movie in Piazza Maggiore alive. Don't forget to book in advance! 

Ferragosto... at the Racetrack

The Autodromo Dino e Enzo Ferrari in Imola extraordinary opens on August 15 for free its track for pedestrians only from 9am to 6pm. You will be able to walk the track and breathe the thrill of sports competitions. Start walking!

Ferragosto... lulled by the music 

In Borgo Tossignano, in the enchanting setting of the Vena del Gesso Romagnola park, the concert A Cor Do Samba will be held, a fascinating journey into the heart of the Samba, which will draw you into its rhythms and colours. The free event, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. at the Casa del Fiume, is free of charge and subject to prior booking. 

Ferragosto... away from the heat 

There's no denying the fact that Ferragosto also means heat! And even this year, with the mercury column easily exceeding 30 degrees, why don't you treat yourself to a Ferragosto by the pool or at the water park? The Villaggio della Salute Più, with its large park, its swimming pools and its events is ready to welcome you until 1 am, with acrobatic dance shows and fireworks.

You might also want to check out our tips on what to do in hot weather in Bologna.

Ferragosto... at the museum

Many museums open their doors right on Ferragosto, with an extensive choice of ancient and modern art. Most of the Civic Museums are open, including the Archaeological Museum, the Medieval Museum, the Collezioni Comunali and Mambo, with the exhibitions Safe and Sound and Morandi racconta, Il segno inciso: tratteggi e chiaroscuri and Le plaisir de vivre. Palazzo Albergati hosts the exhibitions I love Lego and Andrea Pazienza-fino all'estremo. The Archiginnasio and Teatro Comunale propose the exhibition Oltre il sipario by Nino Migliori. And don't forget the Virtual Reality Museum and the extraordinary openings of the Civic Museums of Imola: Rocca Sforzesca and Palazzo Tozzoni will welcome you until 7 pm. And also, at Parco della Resistenza in San Lazzaro di Savena (BO) will be open until 6pm the exhibition Dinosaurs in Flesh and Bone - the park

Finally, remember to book your visit in advance wherever possible.

Ferragosto... at the theatre 

On the occasion of the summer festival of the Arena del Sole Teatro delle Moline, on Sunday 15 August at 9 p.m. the comic and satirical show Super will be on stage in the suggestive Piazza San Francesco. Admission is free but booking is required.

Ferragosto... having fun 

After the long-awaited reopening, FICO - the park to be enjoyed - is waiting for you to unveil its new look. Discover the agri-food activities, the food-themed multimedia rides, the animal farm... a place for everyone, young and old. And why don't you explore the Luna Farm amusement park inside FICO? Gianni's farm comes with plenty of rides and attractions to be enjoyed individually or with an unlimited pass.

Here, Ferragosto could easily turn out to be a fun surprise! 

Enjoy your Ferragosto in Bologna!

Written by Staff on August 6h 2021


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