11 Unusual Things to Do in Bologna

Moline Canal in Bologna|©Twice25&Rinina25
Moline Canal in Bologna|©Twice25&Rinina25
Photo of Francesca Masotti
8 December 2017

Besides the most touristic things to do in lovely Bologna, such as climbing the majestic Asinelli Tower or visiting the unfinished Basilica of San Petronio, there are plenty of other things to do and see. Read our list of the top 11 things to do and visit in town that are off the beaten tracks.

Colli Bolognesi

One of the coolest things you can do in Bologna is to rent a vespa, get out of the busy city centre and head into the stunning Colli Bolognesi area. Here, you’ll find a lot of vineyards, bed and breakfasts and other places that offer tasting menus with typical delicacies, included great Cabernet and Merlot wines.

Vespa | ©KatyaDag/Pixabay

See the first wax anatomical models ever made

Bologna has not only the first University of the Western world, but it was also the first institution to create a series of wax anatomical models in the world. To see them you need to go to the Istituto di Anatomia Umana Normale.

University of Bologna | ©sailko/WikiCommons

Finestrella in Via Piella

Bologna’s canals aren’t as famous as the canals in Venice, but they have their charm. In the 12th century, canals were built on the city’s major rivers and some of them are still visible today. The best spot to admire the remaining canals is from Finestrella, or Canal Window, in Via Piella. The small window offers a beautiful view over one of the most picturesque sides of Bologna.

Moline Canal in Bologna | ©Twice25&Rinina25

Visit the Museum for the Memory of Ustica

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The ‘Ustica Massacre’ was an Italian flight from Bologna to Palermo that suffered an in-flight explosion, killing all 81 passengers in the airplane. To learn more about this disastrous moment, you can visit the Museum for the Memory of Ustica, completely devoted to this tragic moment in Italian history.

Martini Conservatory

One of the most beautiful off-the-beaten-track places to visit in Bologna is the Martini Conservatory housed in a former convent. The best part of it is the terrific courtyard decorated in the typical Bolognese way – red walls and arches surrounding the garden in the middle.

Piazza Rossini 2, 40126, Bologna, Italy, +39 051221483

Dozza street art

Perched above a hill overlooking the valley of the river Sellustra and surrounded by vineyards, there is Dozza. This medieval village, with stunning graffiti and street art paintings, is one of the most beautiful historical hamlets of Italy and a must-see spot only 40 minutes from Bologna.

Street Art in Dozza | ©Loris Silvio Zecchinato/Flickr

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