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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Bologna

Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Bologna.
Below are the main dates for these festivities:

31 december: Il Vecchione (local)

For the night of New Year's Eve, Bologna offers many activities: gourmet dinners, dances, lively markets, and fireworks. According to a medieval tradition, the inhabitants of Bologna annually burn a gigantic puppet symbolising the 12 months of the year. The celebration takes place at midnight in Piazza Maggiore. In recent years, the creation of the puppet is entrusted to a renowned artist.

Mardi Gras: Carnival festivities (national)

Spread over several weeks during the month of February, the carnival of Bologna is in full swing on the day of Mardi Gras. The general public is invited to join the procession of costumed characters, making for an explosion of colour in the heart of the city.

Easter Sunday: Feast of Our Lady of Saint Luke (local)

Easter Sunday is the most important religious festival of the year in Bologna. The sacred image of the Madonna, kept in the sanctuary of St. Luke, is transported to the Basilica of San Petronio to be blessed. The return trip of the image to the sanctuary is the occasion for a solemn procession attended by throngs of locals.

25 April: Liberation Day (national)

Each year, this holiday commemorates the end of World War II in Italy. It is marked by parades, marching bands, speeches, and fireworks.

1 May: Labour Day (national)

On Labour Day, which is a holiday in Italy, many artistic associations organise events in the historic centre of the city, featuring shows, workshops, street theatre, and a host of other events.

2 June: Celebration of the Italian Republic (national)

This national holiday commemorates the birth of the Italian Republic in 1946. It is marked by parades, speeches, and concerts.

15 August: Assumption (national)

This holiday is dedicated to the worship of the Virgin Mary. Masses and processions are held in her honour in churches and streets of the historic centre.

1 November: All Souls Day (national)

A public holiday in Italy. After the morning service at church, which is generally well attended and followed by the traditional moment of silence at the gravesides of the dearly departed, people gather at their homes for a meal with family and/or friends.

4 November: Day of Italian Unification (national)

On this day of official commemorations, Italy celebrates both its unification by the Kings of the House of Savoy and the end of the First World War. This national Armed Forces Day is marked by many military parades.

8 December: Immaculate Conception (national)

This is a public holiday in honour of the Virgin Mary. In Bologna, as in most Italian cities, processions are organized and candles placed in windows.

25 December: Christmas (national)

Do not miss the Christmas market in Piazza Maggiore when all of Bologna is festively illuminated.

26 December: Day of Saint Stephen or Santo Stefano (national)

This day has been a holiday in Italy since 1947 and celebrates the birth of St Stephen, the first martyr of Christianity. Traditionally, it is a day dedicated to the family, with a large festive meal.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Bologna

The city of Bologna has a continental climate. The months from November to March are relatively cold, even snowy from December to February. July and August are characterized by intense heat. To fully enjoy the charms of the city, the months of April, May, June, September and October are ideal.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January -1 5 32 Not the best period to go
February 1 9 37 Not the best period to go
March 5 13 56 Not the best period to go
April 8 18 61 Good period to go Good period to go
May 13 17 73 Good period to go Good period to go
June 17 28 61 Good period to go Good period to go
July 19 31 32 Not the best period to go
August 19 30 44 Not the best period to go
September 16 26 71 Good period to go Good period to go
October 11 20 72 Good period to go Good period to go
November 7 15 66 Not the best period to go
December 1 7 46 Not the best period to go
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN BOLOGNA

The Guglielmo Marconi International Airport is located about six kilometres northwest of downtown Bologna.

  • 2 terminals :
    • Terminal A
    • Terminal B (Air France)

Travelling between the airport and Bologna:
  • Car
    • Access: downtown Bologna can be reached in ten minutes on the Via Zanardi.
    • Parkings:The Guglielmo Marconi Airport has 5,100 parking spaces.
      The P1 parking garage is on the ground floor of the terminal and next to the terminal is P2 parking. Both are intended for short-term parking. Price: 2.60 EUR for the first hour, 12 EUR for 24 hours.
      The P3 car park is partially covered. Rates: 12.80 EUR per day the first four days, then 6 EUR per day thereafter.
      P4 is for long-term parking. Rates: 30 EUR for the first week, 20 EUR for the second week and then 4 EUR per day.
    • Rentals: several rental agencies serve the airport. They are located in the arrivals hall.
  • Bus
    • The Aerobus runs every 15 minutes between 6:05 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. every day. The station is located in front of the Arrivals Hall. The Aerobus serves the central train station of Bologna and the city centre in about 20 minutes. Tickets must be purchased on board the bus and cost 6 EUR.
  • Taxi
    • Taxis may be found just outside the arrivals hall. It takes about 15 minutes and costs 20 EUR to reach the city centre.
  • Services
    • Cafeterias, restaurants, bars, souvenir and clothing shops, delicatessens, duty free, banks, post office, first aid centre, ATMs, etc.

 

 

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GETTING AROUND Bologna

Do not think about driving in the centre of Bologna. To better enjoy the charms of the city, nothing beats walking! For those who still not feel like it, a dense network of buses offers a reliable and inexpensive alternative.

Car

Cars are not welcome in the city centre of Bologna, which is classified as a limited traffic zone.
Classed LTZ (limited traffic zone), downtown Bologna is closed to vehicles, except for residents.

Bus

The town of Bologna is served by 40 bus lines. The centre in particular is crossed by four lines (A, C, T1 and 12) that stop at the main tourist attractions.

Tickets can be purchased on the bus. A single fare costs 1.30 EUR and a day pass 5 EUR.

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Visitor information

Once in Bologna, do not hesitate to contact tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.

Ufficio di informazione e accoglienza turistica

  • Adresse : Piazza Maggiore, 1 – 40124 Bologna
  • Téléphone : +39 051 239 660
  • Site Internet : www.bolognawelcome.com

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Currency and Exchange Rates

La devise en Italie l'euro.

HKD 1 = EUR 0.11

EUR 1 = HKD 9.09

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

Italy and the city of Bologna offer quality medical care. For residents of France, consider asking for your European Health Insurance Card, which allows you to cover all your medical expenses and/or repatriation.

Vaccination

No vaccinations are required for entry into Italy.

For more information, contact the Air France international vaccination centre:

  • Address: 38, quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris
  • Website: vaccinations-airfrance.fr
  • Telephone: +33 (0)1 43 17 22 00
  • Make an appointement for a vaccination

Food safety

There are no particular risks in terms of food security.

Drinking water

Tap water is potable in Bologna.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for Italy

Most travellers who visit Italy do not need a visa and can stay in the country for 90 days with a valid passport.

For some foreign nationals however, certain conditions may apply to travel to Italy. Please visit the website of the Italian police to know more: http://www.poliziadistato.it/articolo/10742/

For more information, visit the website for Italian Consular Services:
https://www.gov.uk/government/world/italy

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Essential phrases

Here are some Italian phrases that might be useful during your stay in Bologna:

Good morning: Buongiorno

Good evening: Buona serra

Good bye: Arrivederci

Yes: Si

No: No

No thank you: No, grazie

Thank you very much: Grazie mille

I don't understand: Io non capisco

Can you repeat please?: Potrebbe ripetere ?

Please: Per favore

What time is it, please?: Che ora è ?

Excuse me: Mi scusi

Airport: Aeroporto

Railway Station: Stazione

Taxi/Cab:Taxi

Hotel: Albergo

Hospital: Ospedale

Bank: Banca

Telephone: Telefono

I am (…): Sono (…)

I am looking for (…): Sto cercando  (…)

How much is (…)?: Quanto costa questo ?

Do you have (…)?: Ha (…)

Where can I find (…)?: Dove posso trovare (…)

I would like (…) : Dove posso comprare (…)

Je voudrais (…) : Vorrei (…)

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Good to know

00 39
+ the desired phone number
-7 : 00
of time difference with
Hong Kong
Daylight Savings Time start date: 27 March 2016

Daylight Savings Time end date: 30 October 2016

BANKS
Usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES
Usually open in the morning and closed in the afternoon.
220 Volts, 50 Hertz

And what about tipping?

Tipping is not expected in Italy. However, you can tip from 5 to 15% of the bill if you are pleased with the service.