Bologna Parks and Gardens
(Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
Bologna, Italy can really boast about its wide variety of parks, ranging from the largest to the smallest, both private and public. You would never imagine that the city of Bologna would have so much greenery - if you know where to look! The Bologna, Italy parks and gardens include many that were the former private gardens and parklands of the city's nobility and whether it is just a small square with surrounding trees or a larger open space, they are all peaceful places to relax.
Giardini Margherita (The Margherita Gardens)
Address: Viale Gozzadini, Bologna, 40124, Italy
The Margherita Gardens is Bologna's main park, providing the perfect place to relax and escape from the city. The gardens were created in 1875 and there is much to see and enjoy, including an oak woodland area, avenues lines with trees, pathways with many places to sit relax, a small lake and a chalet, which converts to a busy nightclub in the evenings. It has been a popular place for both visitors and locals for over 100 years and many families visit the park at the weekend.
Open hours: daily - 06:00 to midnight
Address: Piazza VIII Agosto, Bologna, 40126, Italy
This large park is situated in the centre of Bologna and over the years many popular public events have taken place here. The gardens have been used as a public park since the 17th century and were further landscaped in the early 19th century, when much of the existing structure was created. The gardens have continued to be developed an in 1888 a large pond was introduced in the centre of the park.
Open hours: daily - 07:00 to midnight
Orto Botanico (Botanical Gardens)
Address: Via Irnerio, 42, Bologna, 40126, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)51351280
The beautiful Botanical Gardens in Bologna are full of history and were originally created in the mid 16th century, when herbs for medicines were grown here. Over the years it has been enlarged and improved and today is home to over 5,000 plant species. The gardens are the second largest park in the city with many established plants, such as a fully grown sequoia, a greenhouse for cacti and insectivorous plants, tropical specimens, Mediterranean shrubs and medicinal plants.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 08:30 to 15:00, Saturday 08:00 to 13:00
Villa delle Rose
Address: Via Saragozza, 228/230, Bologna, 40135, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)51 436 818
This splendid park was originally the grounds of the 18th-century Villa delle Rose, which is still located in the park, and is situated on the slopes of Monte Franco. Home to many native, exotic and some rare plants, the relaxing Italian gardens are were originally constructed for the 'Cella' family. In 1916 the beautiful gardens were donated to the city and continue to be developed by a team of committed gardeners. The Villa frequently hosts many art exhibitions throughout the year.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 15:00 to 19:00
Address: Via degli Scalini, 18, Bologna, 40136, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)51 239 660
Built in the 16th century, the Villa Guastavillani was designed by Tomasso Martelli, a leading architect of the time. The Italian gardens of the villa are stunning and blend well with the elegant exterior of the grand Villa.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 08:00 to 14:00
Address: Via Casaglia, 1, Bologna, 40135, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)51 614 5512
Created on the grounds of the 18th-century Villa, this park offers a wonderful view of Bologna's surrounding hills and is bordered by the Ravone river. The Palazzo Ravone was constructed in the 18th century and the gardens were initially constructed then. Opened to the public in 1970, the gardens of the Villa Spade feature a large terraced Italian garden and many native and unusual plants from all over the world.
Open hours: April to September - Tuesday to Sunday 07:30 to 22:00
October to March - Tuesday to Sunday 07:30 to 18:00
Parco Cavaioni (Cavaioni Park)
Address: Via di Casaglia, Bologna, Italy
Bologna's Cavaioni Park is one of the largest parks in the area and is situated in the hills above the city. The parkland is a mixture of meadows, fields, wooded areas, trees, many plants and there is also a lake.
Open hours: April to September - 06:00 to midnight, October to March - 07:00 to 18:00
Address: Via della Certosa, 18, Bologna, 40133, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)514 12606
This cemetery in Bologna is located next to the Certosini Monastery, which was built over 200 years ago, and is the oldest cemetery in Bologna. Beneath the cemetery lies the ruins of an ancient Etrusan necropolis. Highlights include some beautifully carved monuments which were created by leading artists of the time.
Open hours: daily - 07:00 to 18:00