There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Bologna each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (Capodanno) (national holiday) January 6: Epiphany (Feast of Befana) (national holiday)
Spread over several weeks during the month of February, the carnival of Bologna is in full swing on the day of Mardi Gras. The general public is invited to join the procession of costumed characters, making for an explosion of colour in the heart of the city.Easter Sunday: Feast of Our Lady of Saint Luke (local)
Easter Sunday is the most important religious festival of the year in Bologna. The sacred image of the Madonna, kept in the sanctuary of St. Luke, is transported to the Basilica of San Petronio to be blessed. The return trip of the image to the sanctuary is the occasion for a solemn procession attended by throngs of locals.April 25: Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione) (national holiday)
Each year, this holiday commemorates the end of World War II in Italy. It is marked by parades, marching bands, speeches, and fireworks.May 1: Labour Day (Festa del lavoro) (national holiday)
On Labour Day, which is a holiday in Italy, many artistic associations organise events in the historic centre of the city, featuring shows, workshops, street theatre, and a host of other events.June 2: Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica Italiana) (national holiday)
This national holiday commemorates the birth of the Italian Republic in 1946. It is marked by parades, speeches, and concerts.August 15: Assumption Day (Assunzione della Beata Vergine Maria) (national holiday)
This holiday is dedicated to the worship of the Virgin Mary. Masses and processions are held in her honour in churches and streets of the historic centre.November 1: All Saints Day (Ognissanti) (national holiday)
On this day of official commemorations, Italy celebrates both its unification by the Kings of the House of Savoy and the end of the First World War. This national Armed Forces Day is marked by many military parades.December 8: Immaculate Conception (national)
This is a public holiday in honour of the Virgin Mary. In Bologna, as in most Italian cities, processions are organised and candles placed in windows.December 25: Christmas (Natale) (national holiday)
Do not miss the Christmas market in Piazza Maggiore when all of Bologna is festively illuminated.December 26: Saint Stephen's Day (Santo Stephano) (national holiday)
This day has been a holiday in Italy since 1947 and celebrates the birth of St Stephen, the first martyr of Christianity. Traditionally, it is a day dedicated to the family, with a large festive meal.December 31: Il Vecchione (local)
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The Guglielmo Marconi International Airport is located about six km (3.7 miles) northwest of downtown Bologna.
Do not think about driving in the centre of Bologna. To better enjoy the charms of the city, nothing beats walking! For those who still do not feel like it, a dense network of buses offers a reliable and inexpensive alternative.
Cars are not welcome in the city centre of Bologna, which is classified as a limited traffic zone.
The town of Bologna is served by 40 bus and trolleybus lines. The centre in particular is crossed by four lines (A, C, T1 and 12) that stop at the main tourist attractions.
Tickets can be purchased on the bus. A single fare costs EUR 1.50 and a day pass EUR 6. For further information, please visit https://www.tper.it.
Upon your arrival in Bologna, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.Tourist information desk (Ufficio di informazione e accoglienza turistica)
Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/
Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire.
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Bologna. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
For a stay of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay in order to enter Italy.
As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Italy for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.
For further information, visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Bologna, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are some Italian phrases that might be useful during your stay in Bologna: