Things to do in Bologna

Learn to cook ragù alla Bolognese

In a city renowned for its culinary art, it would be unwise to not learn how to cook like a local. Get to grips with a ragù alla Bolognese (Bolognese sauce) at Bologna Cooking School (, which offers everything from half-day classes to three days of lessons. There are courses specialising in fish, fresh Porcini mushrooms and truffles too.

Tee off at a championship golf course

Golfing fans can tee off at one of four championship golf courses close to the city. Golf Club Le Fonti, Golf Club Casalunga, Golf Club Bologna and Golf Club Molino del Pero (tel: +39 544 916 280; will all test your putting prowess, no matter your ability.

Hike up to San Luca

A portico is a succession of arches holding up a roof or shelter. Bologna’s portico di San Luca is a hefty 3.5km (2 miles) long, and wends from the Porta Saragozza in the centre of town, up to the 10th century Santuario Madonna di San Luca (Church of San Luca). The views from the top are the best in town.

Get body conscious at the Teatro Anatomico

We are fortunate enough to live in a world where body dissections go on behind closed doors. In the 17th century they took place in Teatro Anatomico, wonderfully ornate wood-paneled rooms that were damaged by bombings during WWII but have been beautifully reconstructed. Speak to the tourist office ( about admission times.

See the real leaning towers

The world and its daughter already know of the leaning tower of Pisa, but Bologna has some vaguely inclined buildings of its own in the Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda (Tower of Asinelli and Garisenda). The Asinelli tower is 97m (318ft) tall, with a lung-busting 498 steps. The views at the top are worth it, though.

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