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Must-attend city events

Chagall. Sogno e Magia

An exhibition dedicated to the great Russian artist Chagall will open on September 20th at Palazzo Albergati in Bologna. 

start date:20/09/2019 final date: 1/03/2020 address: Palazzo Albergati - via Saragozza 28 rif map iat: E-2 ph: +39051 030141 email: website: hours: Opening times Every day from 10am to 8pm (Ticket office closes 1h before) Special openings 1 november 10.00am – 8.00pm 8 December 10.00am – 8.00pm 24 December 10.00am – 5.00pm 25 December 4.00pm – 8.00pm 26 December 10.00am – 8.00pm 31 December 10.00am – 5.00pm 1 January 10.00am – 8.00pm 6 January 10.00am – 8.00pm entrance:

Full price with audioguide € 15.00
Full price € 14.00

Reduced price with audioguide € 13.00
Reduced price € 12.00

For Bologna Welcome Card holders:
Special reduced price with audioguide € 11.00
Special reduced price: € 10.00

NOI. Non erano solo canzonette

The years that have revolutionized the social, ethical and economic systems of Italy, depicted by the Music that has spoken their languages, felt their atmosphere and communicated their emotions.

start date:29/11/2019 final date:12/04/2020 address: Via de' Gombruti 13/a, Bologna rif map iat: D-3 ph: +393311047160 email: website: hours: Monday - Friday: 4 pm – 10 pm Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm Sunday: 10 am – 9 pm From January the 7th, 2020: Monday and Tuesday: open for school laboratories and guided tours only entrance:

Full Price: 12,00€
Reduced: 10,00 € (people aged 18 to 26, over 65 with official ID, military force with ID card, touristic guides with ID card, authorized journalists with ID card, persons accompanying disabled visitors, ICOM members)
“Special” Reduced: 8,00€ (Bologna Welcome Card, Bologna Card Musei, COOP members, conventions)
Family Ticket: 20,00€ (2 adults + max. 3 kids/young people aged between 6 and 17)
Young people/School ticket: 5,00€ (children/young people aged 6 to 17 / 2 accompanying persons per class)
University Students on Wednesday (with university ID card): 5,00€
Free: children under 6, visitors with disabilities (with disability card)
Open Ticket: 14,00€
Ticket without time constraints and valid from the day after the reservation until the end of the exhibition.
“Skip the line” Open Ticket: 16,00€
Ticket without time constraints and valid from the moment of the reservation and for immediate entry.

U.MANO la mostra

The mission of U.MANO is to retrieve the historical alliance between art and science. The reflection on the theme of hand thus allows us to investigate the role of man in a present dominated by technology.

start date:20/11/2019 final date: 9/04/2020 address: via Paolo Nanni Costa, 14 ph: +39 051 0923221 email: website: hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 7pm Saturday and Sunday 11am - 8pm (The ticket office closes 40' before the closing time) Closed every Monday and Wednesday 25th December entrance:

10€ full (with or without guided tour)
8€ reduced (with or without guided tour)
10 € activities + tour for children and teenagers (reductions not applicable)

Reduced price

- children and young people 6 - 25 years old
- Card Musei Metropolitani holders, Bologna Welcome card holders
- workers of Alfasigma, Banca di Bologna, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP, Alce Nero
- subscribers and workers of Tper
- groups of at least 10 people

Free entry

- babies under 6 years old
- people with reduce mobility and helper
- ArteFiera ticket holder
- university students with student card
- ICOM members
- certified journalists

The tickets can be purchased only at the ticket office.

Emilia Romagna Festival

ERF#StignaniMusica, fourth season at Teatro Stignani in Imola by Emilia Romagna Festival; ERF@CASSERO MUSICA, second season at Cassero in Castel San Pietro by Emilia Romagna Festival.

start date:25/10/2019 final date:25/03/2020 address: Via Giuseppe Verdi, 1, 40026 Imola BO - Teatro Ebe Stignani ph: +39054225747 email: website: hours: Concerts usually starts at 9pm. entrance:

For information on how to buy end book tickets:

San Giacomo Festival: January - February

The concerts of the San Giacomo Festival are organised to support the Mensa quotidiana dei poveri (daily meal of the poor) at the Padri Agostiniani di Bologna (Augustinian Fathers of Bologna).

start date:25/10/2019 final date:29/02/2020 address: Oratorio S.Cecilia/ S. Giacomo Maggiore rif map iat: c-5 ph: +39 051 225970 email: website: entrance:


  • The seats for the concerts of the San Giacomo Festival can be reserved starting from 10 days before the event until 5 pm on the day of the event.
  • Reservations are made online, directly from the event's web page.
  • You can book up to a maximum of 5 seats per reservation.
  • Admission with a voluntary contribution, subject to availability.
  • If the tickets have not been collected 15 minutes before the start of the show, they will be assigned to other spectators.
  • Spectators are not allowed in the Oratory once the concert is started.

Kamigata-e. The Osaka's colorful prints

An exhibition of 29 woodcuts to discover the vibrant and original culture of the early nineteenth century Osaka.

start date:29/10/2019 final date: 1/03/2020 address: via Zamboni 33, Bologna rif map iat: C-5 ph: +390512099610 email: website: hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays: 10am - 6pm Closed on 24 and 25 December, 1 January entrance:

Exhibition can be visited with admission ticket to the Museum of Palazzo Poggi (standard 5€; reduced 3€)

Imago splendida

The project figures as the exhibition itinerary of a sedimented  philological and documentary research, which allows to fix a new step towards the understanding of the reference models in the figurative context of  early medieval Bologna.

start date:23/11/2019 final date:13/04/2020 address: Museo Civico medievale - via Manzoni 4 rif map iat: c-4 ph: +390512193916 / 2193930 email: website: hours: da martedì a domenica e festivi h 10.00-18.30 entrance:

biglietto museo (€ 6,00 intero / € 3,00 ridotto)

Leonardo, anatomia dei disegni

ISLe (InSight Leonardo): a digital communicative framework designed to replace, investigate, describe and communicate Leonardo’s drawings.

start date:23/11/2019 final date: 9/02/2020 address: via Zamboni 33, Bologna rif map iat: c-5 email: website: hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10am - 6pm Closed on December 24 and 25, January 1 entrance:

The exhibition can be visited with admission ticket to the Museum of Palazzo Poggi

From Bertelli to Guidi

The association Bologna per le Arti celebrates twenty years of activity with a major exhibi-tion at Palazzo d'Accursio.

start date: 8/12/2019 final date:16/02/2020 address: Palazzo d'Accursio. Piazza Maggiore 6, Bologna rif map iat: D-4 email: hours: Inauguration Saturday 7 December, 6:00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. Closed on Friday morning and Monday. entrance:

Free entry


The FONDAZIONE MAST presents the exhibition that investigates the impact of humankind on the planet as conveyed through the photographs, films and immersive augmented reality installations.

start date:16/05/2019 final date: 5/01/2020 address: MAST - via Speranza, 42 rif map iat: L-8 ph: +39 051 6104846 email: website: hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am – 7 pm entrance:

Free admission

Alessandro Guardassoni (1819-1888). A Bolognese painter between Romanticism and devotion

The city of Bologna pays homage to Alessandro Guardassoni (1819-1888) with a wide programme of initiatives.

start date:14/09/2019 final date:19/01/2020 address: Collezioni Comunali d’Arte - Palazzo d’Accursio, Piazza Maggiore 6 ph: 051 2193998 / 051 2193631 email: website: hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6:30pm

Athletes, knights and top scorers - 3000 and... 110 years of sport from Felsina to Bologna Football Club

An exhibition that celebrates the 110-year history of BFC in the Museo Civico Archeologico, Museo Civico Medievale and Villa delle Rose.

start date: 3/10/2019 final date: 6/01/2020 address: luoghi vari website: entrance:

Full 10€ | Reduced* 5€ 

 The ticket is valid for the 3 locations of the exhibition: Villa delle Rose, Museo Archeologico and Museo Medievale.

 * Under 14, over 60, private groups and school trips, BOLOGNA WELCOME Card holders, Card Musei holders,BFC season pass holders, tourist guides, journalist with pass, disabled people and their helpers. 

Tickets can be purchased online on and at Bologna Welcome Piazza Maggiore

Cesare Pietroiusti. A Certain Number of Things

A new exhibition is forthcoming at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, from October 4 2019 to January 6 2020: Un certo numero di cose / A Certain Number of Things, by Cesare Pietroiusti

start date: 4/10/2019 final date: 6/01/2020 address: MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, via Don Minzoni 14 - Bologna rif map iat: B-2 ph: +39051 6496611 email: website: hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and festivities h 10.00 am - 6.30 pm Thursday h 10 am - 10 pm Closed on Mondays entrance:

full € 6
reduced € 4
Card Musei Metropolitani Bologna € 3

An american dinosaur in Bologna

A wonderful story which deserves to be told: the journey of a young brilliant geologist Giovanni Capellini that led to the extraordinary gift of the Diplodocus in 1909

start date: 4/10/2019 final date:20/01/2020 address: Museo Geologico Capellini - via Zamboni 63, Bologna rif map iat: c-6 ph: +390512094555 email: website: hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 1pm Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays: 10am - 6pm Closed on December 24 and 25, January 1 entrance:

Standard ticket 3€
Reduced-rate tickets 1€: school group without a booked school visit
Free admission: children aged 0 to 6 years; school group with a booked school visit

Genius at war in the age of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dürer

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Polo Museale is pleased to present an exhibition hosted by the Pinacoteca Nazionale and titled “Genius at war in the age of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dürer”, focusing on the artist’s unique abilities as an engineer, particularly in the fields of cities’ defensive systems and attack strategies with artillery. 

start date:10/10/2019 final date: 7/01/2020 address: Pinacoteca Nazionale - via delle belle arti 56 rif map iat: c-5 ph: +390514209467 email: website: hours: Opening hours Tue-Sun 8:30 am-7:30 pm / Mon closed entrance:

Opening hours and prices
Tue-Sun 8:30 am-7:30 pm / Mon closed
Tickets: full price 8 euro – reduced to 6 euro with the ticket of the exhibition “Leonardo, anatomy of drawings” hosted by the Palazzo Poggi Museum.
Discounted ticket for holders of the Bologna Metropolitan Museum Card and the Bologna Welcome Card: 2 €
Discounted ticket for visitors aged 18 to 25: 2 €
Free for all citizens under the age of 18
For information and rates please contact Prospectiva: - +39 338 5963177 (Mon-Fri from 4 pm to 6 pm)

Un passato presente. L’Antica Compagnia dei Lombardi in Bologna

The exhibition, curated by Massimo Medica and Silvia Battistini, is dedicated to the old military company founded in 1162 and still existing in our city.

start date:12/10/2019 final date: 2/02/2020 address: Collezioni Comunali d’Arte - Palazzo d’Accursio, Piazza Maggiore 6 rif map iat: D-4 ph: 051 2193998 / 051 2193631 email: website: hours: From Tuesday to Sunday and holidays from 10am to 6:30pm entrance:

Full price: € 6,00 

Reduced price: € 3,00 

Five masterpieces from a collection 1985-1995

The exhibition FIVE MASTERPIECES FROM A COLLECTION 1985-1995 showcases the historical heart of the works of artists from "School of San Lorenzo", belonging to a prestigious private collection.

start date:19/10/2019 final date:10/01/2020 address: Via d'Azeglio, 55 ph: +390516449845 email: website: hours: Opening: October 19th 2019, h 7pm Tuesday - Saturday 10:30am/1 pm and 4/8 pm entrance:

Free admission

Christmas Mountain

Everything is wrapped in a Christmas atmosphere, the smell of mulled wine and cinnamon, a familiar but surprising taste, nativity scenes and markets, this is what you breathe when entering this magic.

start date:16/11/2019 final date: 6/01/2020 address: CORNO ALLA SCALE - Lizzano in belvedere (BO) email:

Christmas markets out of town

Not only in Bologna, but also in the Apennines and in the towns of the plains and of Imola. Discover all the markets out of town!

start date:16/11/2019 final date: 6/01/2020 address: sedi varie/different venues


Play, health, education: Bologna celebrates children’s rights with the exhibition "Children". At Salaborsa, for the first time together, the pictures by Elliott Erwitt, Steve McCurry and Dario Mitidieri.

start date:20/11/2019 final date: 6/01/2020 address: Salaborsa, piazza del Nettuno 3 rif map iat: D-4 email: website: hours: Opening times: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 7.30 pm. Ticket office closes 1 ore before. Closed on Monday and 25 December. Special openings:
  • 23 and 30 December; 6 January (10.00 am to 6.30 pm)
  • 24 and 31 December (10.00 am to 5 pm)
  • 26 December and 1 January (10.00 am to 7.30 pm)
  • Full price 10 €
  • Reduced 8 €: Card Musei Metropolitani Bologna and Bologna Welcome Card holders; minors from 12 to 18; groups from 15 to 25 persons; University students with card
  • Free: children under 12; one guide per group; visitors with disabilities and one their helper; two accompanying persons per school class; journalists with ID card; touristic guides with ID card)
  • Special reduced 6 € for school class; children from 6 to 14

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Paolo Icaro. Cantiere

Paolo Icaro stages in the spaces of the P420 gallery about twenty works from the '60s to the present day chosen from a unitary experience that the artist calls Cantiere.

start date:23/11/2019 final date:15/01/2020 address: P420, via Azzo gardino 9 rif map iat: B-3 email: website: hours: From Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 am-1:30 pm, 3pm-7:30 pm entrance:

Free entrance

Natale a Porta Galliera

Christmas shopping in Piazza XX Settembre, with stalls selling clothing and accessories, present ideas, and much more. There is also a small carousel for children.

start date:28/11/2019 final date: 6/01/2020 address: Piazza XX Settembre - Bologna hours: from approx. 9.30 am to 7.30 pm

Lighting of Via d'Azeglio

Bologna raises the curtain on the festive season: among the thousand lighting effects framing the city in Via D’Azeglio.

start date:30/11/2019 final date: 6/01/2020 address: Via d'Azeglio rif map iat: D-4 hours: from 6pm

Masterpieces from XVIII century Neapolitan cribs from Collezione Bordoni

The exhibition presents for the first time to the public some real masterpieces of the XVIII century Neapolitan cribs tradition, from the famous Collezione Bordoni.

start date: 4/12/2019 final date:19/01/2020 address: Museo Davia Bargellini - Strada Maggiore 44 rif map iat: D-5 ph: +39051236708 email: website: hours: from Tuesday to Friday 9am-2pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10am-6:30pm entrance:

free entry

XXVII Exhibition Crib

XXVII edition of the Nativity scene, a consolidated event for all citizens, rich in tradition and culture.

start date: 7/12/2019 final date:12/01/2020 address: Via Santo Stefano 27 Bologna rif map iat: E-5 ph: +393313381087 email: website: hours: Morning 09.00-12.00 Afternoon 15.00-19.00 entrance:

Free admission

Wolfango's Nativity

During the Christmas period, Santa Maria della Vita hosts the exhibition "The Presepio di Wolfango", curated by the daughter of the artist, Alighiera Peretti Poggi.

start date: 8/12/2019 final date:19/01/2020 address: Santa Maria della Vita - via Clavature 8/10 rif map iat: D-4 email: website: hours: Monday closed Tuesday , Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday , Sunday 10.00 am -7.00 pm entrance:

Free admission

Red Emotions - Ducati photo exhibition

The photo exhibition revolves around the motorbikes and drivers that created the legend of the team from Bologna.

start date:15/12/2019 final date:24/01/2020 address: Saletta di Arte Contemporanea – Via Matteotti 79 - Castel San Pietro Terme ph: +390516951379 email: website: hours: Every day from 4:30pm to 7pm. Closed on December 24th and January 1st 2020 entrance:

Free admission

Figurines Historical nativity scenes of the Bolognese tradition

On display at Casa Saraceni is the rare and prestigious  collection of nativity figurines made by Bolognese artists in the 18th and 19th centuries.

start date:17/12/2019 final date:12/01/2020 address: Via Farini 15, 40124 Bologna rif map iat: D-4 ph: 0512754111 email: website: hours: Tuesday – Friday: 3pm - 6pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays (25th and 26th December 2019; 1st and 6th January 2020): 10am-6pm Closed on Mondays entrance:

Free entry


From 27th December 2019 to 5th January 2020, Dancin’BO returns on stage: the event that makes young and old people dance along the streets of the city, between the arcades and the buildings.

start date:27/12/2019 final date: 5/01/2020 address: Sedi varie/Different venues website:


Experience the festival among the arcades and squares of Bologna and admire its buildings under a different light.

start date:27/12/2019 final date: 1/01/2020 address: Sedi varie/ Different venues hours: The façades of the buildings will light up every day from 6 pm to 8 pm, every 15 minutes, with the exception of New Year's Eve - 31st December, 2019, when they will be lit from 6 pm to 1 am  to welcome the New Year.


This exclusive version created by Giorgio Madia for the Ballet of Milan has been performed with great success since 2011. 

start date:28/12/2019 final date:31/12/2019 address: Largo Respighi, 1 rif map iat: C-5 ph: +39051529019 fax: +39051529995 email: website: hours: SAB | 28 | DIC | H 8:00 pm DOM | 29 | DIC | H 6:00 pm LUN | 30 | DIC | H 8:00 pm MAR | 31 | DIC | H 6:00 pm entrance:

It is possible to buy the tickets at the box office in Largo Respighi or online, via Tickets are valid for the date and hour chosen only and cannot be cancelled, refunded or changed.

New year's eve in Bologna's spa

Extraordinary night opening of the spas for a New year's eve in the name of thermal wellness.

Date:31/12/2019 address: Terme San Petronio - Terme San Luca ph: +390514210046 email: website: hours: 9 pm to 2 am entrance:

€ 60. Minimum age 16 years. Reservation required.

New Year's Eve in Alto Reno Terme

Along with Christmas markets, New Year's Eve will be a musical on-stage event taking place in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, in the center of Porretta Terme.

Date:31/12/2019 address: Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Porretta Terme (Bo) ph: +390534 521103 email: website: hours: From 6:30 pm to 2:00 am entrance:

Free Entry

New Year Concert - Charity Evening

A convivial evening of charity, the Philarmonics of the Municipal Theater of Bologna, will play f. Great Buffet fo a rich toast to nex year.

Date:31/12/2019 address: Via De' Monari 1/2 rif map iat: C-5 ph: +390513145458 email: website: hours: 8.00 pm Concert by Philharmonic oj the Municipal Theater 9.30 pm Grand Buffet 10.30 pm Closing of the evening entrance:

Charity evening.
Booking request until all seats are available.
Children up to 12 years free with entertainmeni and gifts.
Minimum required contribution, all included.

Torchlight procession of ski instructors of Corno alle Scale

Like every year on December 31st at the 5:30 p.m. the ski instructors of Corno alle Scale organize a torchlight procession on the ski slopes.

Date:31/12/2019 address: Corno alle Scale email: website: hours: 5:30 p.m. entrance:

Free entrance.

The last sunset of the year

An easy walk between the sweets and panoramic hills of Zola Predosa, until the last sunset of 2019. At the end, guided tasting of some Colli Bolognesi DOC wines.

Date:31/12/2019 address: via Bertoloni 14-16, Zola Predosa (BO) ph: +393494653877 email: website: hours: Meeting at: 2 pm Manaresi Winery (via Bertoloni 14-16, Zola Predosa - Bologna). End: 6:30 pm. entrance:

For a fee:

€ 10 for the excursion (€ 5 for children under 14) and € 15 for the guided tasting.

The last sunset of the year

Excursion on the first hills with a toast in front of the sunset at the end, a stone's throw from Bologna, with a beautiful view over the city, below us.

Date:31/12/2019 address: via San Mamolo 2 - Bologna ph: +393284766980 email: website: hours: Meeting: 1:40 pm at Porta San Mamolo (Bologna), under the first arch of the portico of the Chiesa della SS. Annunziata. End: 6 pm. entrance:

For a fee
Hike: 10 € for adults and 5 for under 14. Buffet: 15 €.

Magic New Year's Eve at the castle Rocchetta Mattei

Dinner show in the School of Magic and Wizardry

Date:31/12/2019 address: Rochetta Mattei, Via Ponte Rocchetta 46A ph: +390516730335 email: website: hours: 31-12-2019 starting at 8:30 pm entrance:

70€ adults
40€ children
Reservation required

Selena, enchanting moon

Celebrate New Year's eve at Imola Fortress: multimedia show, dj set and fireworks show.

Date:31/12/2019 address: Rocca Sforzesca, Piazzale Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, Imola email: website: hours: from 11pm entrance:

free entry

Tap Factory

World widely acclaimed, this extraordinary show will make you dream and have the best time to the rhythm of tap dance.

Date:31/12/2019 address: Arena del Sole - Via Indipendenza 44, Bologna rif map iat: b-4 ph: +390512910910 email: website: hours: being defined entrance:


After the success of Alis, praised by over 175,000 spectators, LE CIRQUE WORLD'S TOP PERFORMERS, the company formed by the best artists of the nouveau cirque and coming from the Cirque du Soleil, presents a completely novel and unprecedented show, Tilt.

start date:31/12/2019 final date: 6/01/2020 address: Piazza Costituzione 5/F rif map iat: L-11 ph: +39051372540 email: website: hours: December 31: 9:45pm January 4: 4:30pm and 9pm January 5 and 6: 4:30pm entrance:

paid event