Bologna Sports and Outdoor Activities

(Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

There are an enormous amount of Bologna sports available to visitors in the city and being only minutes away from many nearby towns, it has a wide range of activities to tempt all lovers of the outdoors. Bologna's sporting calendar has many popular events throughout the year.

Photo of Stadio Renato Dall'Ara

Football / Soccer (Calcio)

Soccer (calcio) is a real national obsession in Italy and Bologna is no exception. Five-a-side football is also popular in the city. Bologna has an enormous football stadium which can hold over 40,000 soccer fans - the Renato dall'Ara City Stadium at Via A. Costa.

Tennis Courts

There are many public tennis courts available for hire and private clubs also often offer temporary membership to passing visitors. Some hotel tennis courts can be used by non-residents for a small charge.


Italians enjoy the sport of cycling and there are many cycling events in Italy throughout the year. For more information on current cycling events, the best place to look is in the sports pages of local newspapers. Alternatively, if you wish to cycle yourself, there are many bicycle rental shops in and around Bologna and this provides a great way to travel around Bologna and the surrounding countryside.

Golf Courses

There are several golf courses near to Bologna and probably the best known is Golf Club Bologna, an 18-hole golf course situated at Via Sabatini 69, 40050 Chiesa Nuova di Monte S. Pietro, 8 km / 5 miles from south Bologna. The golf course features golf cars, club hire, driving range, pitching green, pro-shop, putting green and also a restaurant and bar.

Gyms and Bologna Fitness Centres

There are several well-equipped fitness centres in Bologna, with fitness and weight training, aerobic courses, personal trainers, saunas, solariums, steamrooms, hydrotherapy and massage.

Swimming Pools

Bologna has 15 swimming pools are the following are two of the most centrally located. It is worth telephoning first as they are often fully booked by school groups.