You haven’t planned that trip to Bologna yet? Autumn may be the perfect season to do so.
Its porticos , just declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will give you shelter from rain, allowing you to discover the hidden gems that this city has to offer.
Thanks to its central position, Bologna can be easily reached for a weekend getaway both by train — just half an hour from Florence, 1 hour from Milan and 1 hour and a half from Venice — and by plane.
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If, on the other hand, for you it is an off-limits season for travel, you could start to discover us remotely, through the stories of the Humans of Emilia Romagna …
IF YOU LOVE NATURE
Early autumn is perfect for a hike in one of the parks and nature reserves in the province of Bologna or an invigorating ride along the Ciclovia del Sole, while in the sunny days of late October and early November you can take part in the “Trekking col Treno” hikes or wander the hills (or even the city) to take the perfect Fall Foliage picture.
IF YOU ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY OR HAVE CHILD-LIKE CURIOSITY
IF YOU WANT TO RELAX WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER
Check out one of the many thermal spas along the Via Emilia or its picturesque hamlets and cities, taste our culinary specialties and don’t forget to listen carefully for the roar of engines in the land of motors.
Be sure to make a stop in the Slow Town of Castel San Pietro Terme, for a real escape from the everyday bustle that will nurture your mind, body, and soul.
IF YOU LOVE ART AND ARE LOOKING FOR NEW CULTURAL DESTINATIONS
You can head beneath ground to underground Bologna, explore its ancient gates or discover the Castles of the City of Silk, with thermal spas only a few miles away.
Want more? What about the filming locations of many famous films?
If that’s not enough for you, urban hiking or the visit to Pieve di Cento, which has recently become a TCI Orange Flag village is another great option.
If, on the other hand, you have never climbed to the top of one of the towers… in the city of towers… you just have to fix it!
IF YOU ARE A MOTORSPORT ENTHUSIAST
Then you simply must go to the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari racetrack, one of Ayrton Senna’s favourites, is available for hire for a racing session or a ride on go-karts for an adrenaline rush.
If you are not much of a thrill-seeker, you may visit the Ducati Museum in Borgo Panigale or the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
IF YOU PREFER HEADING OFF THE BEATEN PATH
…Then you will love spending the weekend exploring monasteries, parish churches, underground caves, or riding a Vespa up and down the beautiful hills of Bologna, like a true local!
Who knows? You might even find your dream wedding location!
If, on the other hand, you are a golf enthusiast, you just have to go down to the green.
What are you waiting for? See you in Bologna!
Social Media Manager for @inEmiliaRomagna and full-time mom.
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