The 7 Coolest Neighbourhoods in Bologna

Photo of Francesca Masotti
30 November 2017

Bologna is one of the coolest towns in Italy. Being home to many students, Bologna has very lively neighbourhoods that are worth a look. If you are planning to move here to study or if you want to visit the town, note down this list.

Historical Centre

Centro storico of Bologna is a large area where the most beautiful and famous buildings and monuments of the city are located. It is characterized by lovely piazzas, narrow streets, ancient arcades and a lot of excellent restaurants where travelers can eat typical gastronomy. Walking through the city centre, you’ll see the treasures of Bologna, such as Asinelli Tower, Saint Petronius church, Neptune Fountain and many others. The historical centre is also the perfect place to go shopping – not only to buy clothes and accessories, but also food from the several food markets.

Panorama of the historical centre of Bologna from Asinelli Tower | ©clarissavannini860/Pixabay

University District

Famous for its university, the oldest of the Western world built in 1088, Bologna has a gorgeous university district packed with students day and night. This is the liveliest area of town, with lots of eateries, bars and pubs. It may be not particularly alluring for families with little kids, but this district is the place to be for those who are looking for fun and study, of course. Once you’re here, you will not be disappointed.

University Building | ©greenblackberries/Flickr


The most multicultural area of Bologna is Bolognina, or Little Bologna. Located right behind the train station in the fire district, Bolognina is mostly inhabited by immigrants, young families, students and artists, which makes a gorgeous mix.

A Young Family in Bologna | ©MitchellShapiroPhotography/Flickr


The chicest and most elegant neighbourhood of the town is Colli, located in the exclusive hilly areas on the south side of Bologna. No doubt exist as to why it is called the Beverly Hills of Bologna: it is wonderful and rich and offers amazing views over the city. One of the most beautiful places situated here is Parco Villa Ghigi, a green area mostly frequented in the summer months.

Hills Around Bologna | ©alexnetit/Pixabay

Borgo Panigale

Borgo Panigale may not be fascinating as the other neighbourhoods of the list, but it has its charm. Not only because it’s located in an excellent position between the airport and historic centre, but also because it’s the home of Ducati. Once here, if you are a motorcycling fan, don’t miss a visit the Ducati Museum, one of the coolest museums in town. It totally worth a visit.

Ducati Museum | ©Thomas Cloer/Flickr

Bologna Fiere

Near the railway station and city centre, there is Bologna Fiere. This district is mostly frequented by businessmen because it is the place where fairs, events and business festivals take place. It is the perfect location for workers but also for those who are looking for affordable accomodations.

Fiere District | ©World/In/My/Eyes/Flickr


One of the most picturesque neighborhoods of Bologna is the Ghetto. As Bologna was a city built on canals, this nice district is filled with them. Now, most of them are under the car parks and can barely be seen, but if you wander along the district you can spot some of the ancient canals. The district also has plenty gorgeous colored buildings that are worth a look.

Colours of Bologna | ©_MaBe_Martina B. S./Flickr

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