Things to do in Bologna in spring: unmissable activities

Bologna wakes up in spring and blooms with the first warm weather. With the arrival of the beautiful season, it is pleasant to discover secret gardens or participate in the flower market. Here are the activities you can’t miss this season.

Bologna in Fiore

On the weekend of April 12-14, Piazza Minghetti in Bologna is transformed into a real Eden with the event “Bologna in Fiore”. Plant and flower lovers will find an incredible variety of potted plants, climbers and flowers on display, which will be perfect for decorating terraces, gardens and apartments. Lavender, azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, roses, orchids and many other colorful and fragrant species will invade the square. The event will be open from 9am to 8pm with free admission for all visitors. If you love nature and gardening, you can’t miss it!

Di Verde in Verde

On May 25 and 26, “Di Verde in Verde” will take place, an event that will allow you to explore the secret and hidden gardens in the historic center of Bologna that the Municipality will decide to open to the curious. Nature lovers will be able to discover the city from a new point of view, exploring unexpected corners and admiring breathtaking views. It will be a unique opportunity to discover some of the city’s private green spaces, some hidden inside historical buildings, and enjoy an unforgettable experience surrounded by nature.


From March 25 to around April 18, Tulipark transforms Bologna into a corner of Holland. In a huge green space at the gates of the city, over 500,000 multicolored bulbs will be available to visitors, who can collect them with the help of expert staff and take them home. In addition, it will be possible to create tulip bouquets and participate in many activities, together with the whole family. Visiting Tulipark will be an engaging and unforgettable experience. There will be an authentic life-size Dutch windmill and a huge clog available for visitors to take themed photos. There will also be a refreshment area where you can taste delicious Dutch menus.

Visit to the Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden of Bologna is managed by the University and is located in via Irnerio. Founded in the sixteenth century by Ulisse Aldrovandi, it is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe, classified as the fourth in terms of date of foundation in Italy, preceded only by the gardens of Pisa, Padua and Florence. Over the years, the Botanical Garden has undergone various transformations and in 1803 it was moved from its current location. After a period of abandonment in the early twentieth century, also marked by the bombardments of 1944 which damaged the Napoleonic Orangery, the garden was gradually restored from the end of the Second World War. Inside there are plants, herbs and flowers from all over the world which, in spring in particular, bloom and blossom in all their splendor.

In spring, get ready to discover a new Bologna!


Things to do in Bologna in spring: unmissable activities

“La Pittura a Bologna nel Lungo Ottocento” Painting Exhibition in Bologna: English Translation