Bologna – My Personal Summer Guide to my Beautiful City

If you’re planning a visit to Bologna, you need a Summer guide to the City.
And the insider’s tips about what you need to know what to see, do and eat!

Bologna la Dotta, la Rossa, la Grassa

Bologna is nicknamed “La Dotta, La Rossa, La Grassa”, which translates as “the erudited, the red, the fat”.

“Erudited” is for the university, the oldest in Europe and in the whole Western world.

“Red” refers to the red bricks that most of Bologna’s historic buildings are made from.

And “fat” is for Bologna’s culinary history.

The Red City

Bologna, known even as Felsinea (from the old Etruscan name of the city that was Felsina), is the capital of Emilia-Romagna region, one of the most important regions in the world for its products like Parmigiano reggiano, Aceto Balsamico, Mortadella di Bologna and Prosciutto di Parma. But here find even some of the most popular Italian culinary traditions. Here is where you can taste original tortellini and tagliatelle al ragù.

Bologna’s historic centre has been beautifully maintained and its original Roman street plan is still appreciable. And the same is for the Medieval buildings and towers.

I live in Bologna’s downtown from many years and I love its lively atmosphere. There are many thing to see like beautiful buildings and squares and porticoes where to walk repaired to sun and rain; many things to visit as Church and Museums and public park; many things to taste!

The best season of the year to visit Bologna is… always! Indeed each season will give you different good vibes. But if you are planning to visit Bologna during August, you have to know a couple of things before.

The first one, you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Bologna, indeed the hottest months are June, July and August. Then you need to know a lot of restaurants and shops shut down during August as the owners take their annual holidays during this time.

But the same, August offers the occasion to know a different Bologna.

Especially with some insider’s tips.

So, here I’m to share the best things to do in Bologna during the Summer and available also in the most hottest month of the year.

My personal Summer Guide to Bologna
Things to see
  • Take your time to visit all the downtown by foot and don’t miss the beautiful and Medieval piazza Santo Stefano with very unique and mystic complex of Sette Chiese (Seven Churchs)
  • The Secret Window: is a hidden but famous window on the Canale delle Moline, in via Piella, where seems to be in Venice! Look out among the buildings, you can find one little window from where to see one of the old canals that one time crossed all the town.
  • Look even for small windows in via Oberdan, via Malcontenti.
Things to Do 
  • Take a round of shopping on Via Indipendenza and at the Quadrilatero.
  • Thank to a 3D-reconstructions, it’s possible an immersive virtual experience in the Bologna medieval. It could be fun but is based on an accurate reconstruction from historical sources. I suggest you this unusual experience. I did it and I LOVED each seconds! Find the Macchina del Tempo on Via Zamboni 7, at few meters from the Two Towers.

Mon. To Fri.: 10am-7pm

Sat.: 10am-10pm

Sun. & Holiday: 10am-8pm

More info:

  • If you do find yourself in the city in the summer, time your visit to coincide with Il Cinema Ritrovato: a film festival that includes outdoor screenings of both new and classic films in Piazza Maggiore.


  • Explore Bolognese hills with a Vespa tour. If you like live as a local you have to do this!

Vespa tour info:

  • Beautiful hills that sourrindgs Bologna are very close to the downtown of the City. If you’re looking for a little of refrigerio (refreshment) during a hot night, go to the Rudere (the ruin) Bar & Grill. At the Rudere find a little bar and free grills for BBQ night (take your own meat and vegetables).

Perfect to enjoy the sunset drinking something of fresh with live music or outdoor film. Look for the program before to go, each evening there are different things.

Via Gaibara, 1, 40136 Bologna BO


Things to eat 

  • Take a break from shopping and give a break to your foot at Mercato Ritrovato. It’s a local farmer’s market located in a very beautiful location. You can have an aperitivo, or to eat and buy local products at their best.

Monday, 5pm-930pm, Piazzetta Pasolini e piazzetta Anna

Mercato Ritrovato there will be not during Ferragosto week.


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