Not all the months are the same to visit a city, so which are the best months to visit Bologna?
SPOILER: you will find you something interesting to do every month, Bologna is always alive
It's my favourite time of the year and absolutely the best season to visit Bologna.
In May don't miss Di Verde in Verde, the event which uncovers the hidden gardens of the centre.
Then "Biografilm Festival", an international documentary movie festival which offers lots of previews and food related events inside Parco del Cavaticcio.
Temperature are usually warm and don't have to worry about the rain. There are lots of things to do in Bologna even in rainy days.
Forgot your umbrella at home? It's not a problem because we have km of porticoes where you can walk without getting wet.
Remember that June 2nd is an Italian public holiday: most of the shops, markets and restaurants are closed,
I'd rather be honest. Summer is not the best time to taste tortellini in broth (even if I do).
The beginning of summer is still a good time to visit Bologna, but expect some very hot days.
Until August 15th Piazza Maggiore becomes the best cinema I've ever seen with Sotto le stelle del cinema. A movie festival organized by Cineteca di Bologna which shows hidden old gems and recent movies in a unique and starry landscape with English subtitles. If you're lucky you can watch one of the movies set in Bologna.
If you're interested in food avoid central weeks of August.
Most of the markets and food shops are closed and also our Bologna food tours take some rest.
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.
It's not enough?
Meat broth starts to boil, tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms pop up in the menus and Trebbiano grapes are getting ready to turn into balsamic soon.
October 4th is Bologna's Saint day: a good time to celebrate, worse if you are more interested in shopping because almost everything but churches and museums are closed.
It's also the day of Tortellino Festival to finally answer the question: who makes the best tortellini in Bologna? You can write the answer.
Winter is the season of 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]