Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Bologna.
Below are the main dates for these festivities:
For the night of New Year's Eve, Bologna offers many activities: gourmet dinners, dances, lively markets, and fireworks. According to a medieval tradition, the inhabitants of Bologna annually burn a gigantic puppet symbolising the 12 months of the year. The celebration takes place at midnight in Piazza Maggiore. In recent years, the creation of the puppet is entrusted to a renowned artist.Mardi Gras: Carnival festivities (national)
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.25 April: Liberation Day (national)
Each year, this holiday commemorates the end of World War II in Italy. It is marked by parades, marching bands, speeches, and fireworks.1 May: Labour Day (national)
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.2 June: Celebration of the Italian Republic (national)
This national holiday commemorates the birth of the Italian Republic in 1946. It is marked by parades, speeches, and concerts.15 August: Assumption (national)
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.1 November: All Souls Day (national)
A public holiday in Italy. After the morning service at church, which is generally well attended and followed by the traditional moment of silence at the gravesides of the dearly departed, people gather at their homes for a meal with family and/or friends.4 November: Day of Italian Unification (national)
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.8 December: Immaculate Conception (national)
This is a public holiday in honour of the Virgin Mary. In Bologna, as in most Italian cities, processions are organized and candles placed in windows.25 December: Christmas (national)
Do not miss the Christmas market in Piazza Maggiore when all of Bologna is festively illuminated.26 December: Day of Saint Stephen or Santo Stefano (national)
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.
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The Guglielmo Marconi International Airport is located about six kilometres 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 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.
Classed LTZ (limited traffic zone), downtown Bologna is closed to vehicles, except for residents.
The town of Bologna is served by 40 bus 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 1.30 EUR and a day pass 5 EUR.
Once in Bologna, do not hesitate to contact tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.Ufficio di informazione e accoglienza turistica
Italy and the city of Bologna offer quality medical care. For residents of France, consider asking for your European Health Insurance Card, which allows you to cover all your medical expenses and/or repatriation.Vaccination
No vaccinations are required for entry into Italy.
For more information, contact the Air France international vaccination centre:
There are no particular risks in terms of food security.Drinking water
Tap water is potable in Bologna.
Most travellers who visit Italy do not need a visa and can stay in the country for 90 days with a valid passport.
For some foreign nationals however, certain conditions may apply to travel to Italy. Please visit the website of the Italian police to know more: http://www.poliziadistato.it/articolo/10742/
For more information, visit the website for Italian Consular Services:
Here are some Italian phrases that might be useful during your stay in Bologna:
Good morning: Buongiorno
Good evening: Buona serra
Good bye: Arrivederci
No thank you: No, grazie
Thank you very much: Grazie mille
I don't understand: Io non capisco
Can you repeat please?: Potrebbe ripetere ?
Please: Per favore
What time is it, please?: Che ora è ?
Excuse me: Mi scusi
Railway Station: Stazione
I am (…): Sono (…)
I am looking for (…): Sto cercando (…)
How much is (…)?: Quanto costa questo ?
Do you have (…)?: Ha (…)
Where can I find (…)?: Dove posso trovare (…)
I would like (…) : Dove posso comprare (…)
Je voudrais (…) : Vorrei (…)
And what about tipping?
Tipping is not expected in Italy. However, you can tip from 5 to 15% of the bill if you are pleased with the service.