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Things to do in Metropolitan City of Bologna

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Plaza
“Piazza Maggiore is located at the very centre of Bologna and it's one of the most beautiful and lively squares in Italy. In the past, the square underwent many changes and was further enriched with important buildings: Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dei Notai, Palazzo d'Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo dei Bianchi. When there, do not miss to pay a visit to Fontana del Nettuno and Biblioteca Salaborsa as well! ”
  • 117 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna or MAMbo is a purpose-designed museum of modern and experimental art in Bologna, Italy”
  • 110 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“It 'a set of restaurants that offer various types of cuisine (traditional, pizzeria, fish, etc.) created within a market that is still partly in operation. One of the most visited places by the Bolognese, full of life, it is worth to spend an evening there ✱✱✱ E' un insieme di ristoranti che propongono vari tipi di cucina (tradizionale, pizzeria, pesce, etc.) ricavati all'interno di un mercato che in parte è tuttora in funzione. Uno dei luoghi più frequentati dai bolognesi, pieno di vita, vale la pena di passarci una serata”
  • 136 locals recommend
Church
“Take a walk, a long walk if you want to see the longest portico in the world. The view is the final reward.”
  • 140 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“It is the largest and certainly the most popular city park. It was designed by the Piedmontese Sambuy to provide Bologna with an ample green and public place as in other Italian and European cities. It was opened in 1879 with the name of “Passeggio Regina Margherita” ( as a tribute to the wife of King Umberto I).”
  • 108 locals recommend
Historic Site
“If you're not too lasy climbing all the steps, you'll have a wonderfull view of Bologna. You will distinguish very easily the hills, all rooftops, the parks and so on...”
  • 67 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“The Torre degli Asinelli and the Garisenda are one of the biggest attractions of the Emilian capital, strategically placed at the entrance to the city from the ancient Via Emilia. Erected between 1109 and 1119, as a symbol of power and prestige of the aristocratic families whose name they bear, the towers are today the main destination for tourists visiting Bologna. The highest of the two is the Torre degli Asinelli (97.20 meters), consisting of an internal stairway of 498 steps: climbing up to the top you can admire the whole city from above, and some say that, in the days more clear, even the Alps and the Adriatic Sea can be seen. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“The Mercato di Mezzo is one of the most representative historical places of the Bolognese food culture, a stone's throw from Piazza Maggiore: since the Middle Ages this has been the place of tastes and encounter, commerce, memory and gastronomic tradition of the city . Transformed, after the Unification of Italy, in the first covered market of the city, it was the object in 2014 of an important recovery and redevelopment project. The structure is divided into three floors, and is a space where to buy or consume food and wine products and excellent dishes. On the ground floor there are large and small tables in common use and food kiosks, placed in the side niches as in the nineteenth-century plan: meat, fish, salami, cheese, fruit, bread, pasta, ice cream and pastry, wines. On the first floor is the pizzeria and in the basement, with striking barrel vaults, a craft brewery, both with additional tables and chairs. On Via Clavature, next to the entrance to the Church of Santa Maria della Vita, it also offers pleasant tables and outdoor chairs. The Mercato di Mezzo is open seven days a week, from 8.30 until midnight, and often offers tasting appointments and meetings related to the culture of food.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Church
“When construction of the massive church that dominates one side of Piazza Maggiorebegan in 1390, it was designed to be even bigger than St. Peter's in Rome, but never quite made it. In fact, it was never finished, and the facade remains incomplete. In the tiny museum at the back of the church, you can see the designs that were submitted for the facade, including those by the great architect Andrea Palladio. The interior, which was finished, is often referred to as the epitome of Gothic architecture in Italy, and each of the side chapels seems like a small church. Look for the strange line cutting across the floor of the nave; it is a meridian line.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Park
“Our green lung in downtown Bologna. You can walk, run, train or eat an ice cream or relax taking an aperitif surrounded by the most beautiful park in town”
  • 47 locals recommend
Route
“Via Indipendenza is the main street of Bologna. It starts from Piazza Maggiore and ends at the railway station. It has been completed in 1890 when the city became an important railway junction. Now via Indipendenza is the heart of the shopping area: under its porticoes, protecting pedestrians on both sides of the street, you’ll find many low-cost clothes shops, designer labels, small shops, fast food and sandwiches bar. Via Indipendenza is always very popular among Bologna people of all ages: we suggest to take a walk there!”
  • 50 locals recommend
Library
“Don’t forget to enter in the Salaborsa public library and also in its kids section. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Trattoria/Osteria
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“Authentic Italian Cuisine. Founded in 1979, Osteria dell’Orsa is located in Bologna downtown in the Universitary area, near to via Indipendenza and to Piazza Maggiore, two of the most important zones in Bologna.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Library
“The former university headquarters and the place where are stored the family stems. When you enter this place you can feel a Hogwarts’ atmosphere.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“typical osteria where you can bring your own food . And you can buy wine and beers. ”
  • 95 locals recommend
Road
“Via del Pratello is well know for nightclubbing, social events, street foods! Visit it during the evening / night for funny moments!”
  • 69 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Trattoria/Osteria
“Authentic Italian Cuisine. Founded in 1979, Osteria dell’Orsa is located in Bologna downtown in the Universitary area, near to via Indipendenza and to Piazza Maggiore, two of the most important zones in Bologna.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Did you know that Bologna is famous for Jazz? Yes, this is the place if you want to taste the traditional dishes with a great sound live.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Osteria Francescana is a restaurant owned and run by chef Massimo Bottura in Modena, Italy. In 2016 and 2018, it was rated as the world's best restaurant in the World's 50 Best Restaurants. It was the first Italian restaurant to earn the award. It was also second best in 2015 and third best in 2013 and 2014.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Camera a Sud is a quite place where you can have wine or good cocktails and if you wanna eat they have food as well :)”
  • 30 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“A place where every dish has a story. To go here,better to Book especially in the weekend! ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Jazz, funk, soul, gospel, rock... High quality live music and entertainment in the center of Bologna!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Out of the way and heaving with locals, Trattoria Da Vito is one of the most iconic trattorias in town. The simple and rustic interior and solid, well prepared meals are the two main features of this Bologna style place. Don't mind about the apparently rude staff. It's just a fun attitude!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing, traditional Modenese cuisine at a reasonable price. Open for lunches during the week, and both lunch and dinner on weekends. ”
  • 16 locals recommend

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