Not all the months are the same to visit a city, so which are the best months to visit Bologna? SPOILER: you can find you something interesting to do every month, Bologna is always alive
It's my favourite time of the year and absolutely the best to visit Bologna. In May don't miss Di Verde in Verde, an event that uncovers the hidden gardens of the centre and "Biografilm Festival", a documentary movie festival by Cineteca di Bologna with lots of previews and food related events inside Parco del Cavaticcio.
Temperature are usually warm and you can not care about the rain. There are lots of things to do in Bologna even in rainy days. Forgot your umbrella at home? We have km of porticoes where you can walk without worrying about.
Remember that June 2nd is an Italian public holiday. Most of the shops, markets and restaurants are closed,
I'd be honest. Summer is not the best time to taste tortellini with broth (even if I do).
Early summer is still a good time to visit Bologna, but expect some very hot days. If you need some some fresh air you can always take a walk on the hills of Bologna LINK Until Aug.15th Piazza Maggiore becomes the best cinema I've ever seen with Sotto le stelle del cinema. A movie festival by Cineteca di Bologna to see hidden old gems and recent movies in a unique landscape with English subtitles. If you're lucky you can watch one of the movies set in Bologna.
Avoid central weeks of August if you're interested in food. Most of the markets and food shops close and also our Bologna food tours? take some rest.
But Bologna in summer is a different city: without students and traffic, it becomes silent during the day and magical at night.
Food festivals like Cioccoshow or MortadellaBo, live music in rock and jazz clubs like Locomotiv, Covo Club, Cantina Bentivoglio and Bravo Cafè and the beginning of theatre's seasons make autumn a great season to be in Bologna.
Meat broth starts to boil, tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms pop up in the menus and Trebbiano grapes know it will become balsamic soon.
October 4th is Bologna's Saint day: a good time to celebrate, worse if you are more interested in food and shopping because almost everything but churches and museums are closed,
Winter is the celebration of bolognese food. The best time to eat tortellini, cotechino and all the rich dishes of our tradition. I've even created a special version of our food tour with the Christmas food of Bologna.
Just locals around the markets and a relaxed mood in the air.
Wait for the new year in Piazza Maggiore where the so called "Vecchione", an icon of the old year that disappears, is set on fire. Some restaurants and gelato shops may be closed for holidays.
[photos: Paolo Piscolla, Denis Billi, Tyler Durdan at Flickr]