Located in Emilia Romagna, Bologna is one of the best preserved historic cities in Italy. In addition, it has the second largest medieval old town in Europe behind its Italian neighbor, Venice. We are going to tell you what the weather is like in Bologna, so that you can better plan your visit.

What we should know about Bologna

It was founded by the Etruscans, with the name of Felsina. Its streets have seen the meetings of such illustrious characters as Marco Antonio. During the Italian Renaissance and under the pontifical government it knew its greatest splendor.

The places of interest in the city are many, from Piazza Maggiore to the Garisenda tower. Its streets are loaded with medieval monuments, Renaissance fountains and priceless palaces.

Bologna also has the largest Italian fair after Milan:  Motorshow is the most important automobile exhibition in the world. In addition, it is famous in the same category for having the Lamborghini sports car manufacturer within its locality. This is why Bologna is also one of the meccas for car lovers.

But when should we visit this Italian corner? Any time is good, from spring to winter, this destination is ideal. But in each season there is something unique , so we are going to tell you what the weather is in Bologna in the different seasons, so that you can decide which of all is the best.

The weather in Bologna : spring

The weather in spring is usually warm, although there are traces of rain and snow from winter. But we should not be alarmed, since the temperatures are rising and they become excellent days for walking.

For example,  it is the perfect time to walk along the cobblestones of Piazza Maggiore It is the main square of the city and is surrounded by grandiose and noble buildings, including the Podestá Palace, seat of the town hall. But if there is a place where one must stand it is in front of the Neptune fountain.

The square is the meeting place for citizens and tourists. If you visit Bologna in spring, this square will be packed, overflowing with people. From students with their bikes, to workers with their briefcases. All this will make your spring day perfect.

Summer in Bologna

The climate during the summer can reach very high temperatures and be really hot. Summer in Bologna is usually humid, we must not forget that we are in the country bathed by the Mediterranean Sea.

The clear and sunny days of Bologna are perfect to glimpse the whole panorama. Emilia Romagna must be enjoyed from above from two luxury viewpoints, the two towers. These famous medieval towers characterize the panorama of the city.

The Asinelli tower, over 97 meters high, was erected in the 12th century and from its top you can see the whole city. On the other hand, there is the Garisenda tower, with more than 48 meters, which is much more inclined and was built at the end of the 11th century.

Autumn in Bologna

The weather in Bologna during the autumn starts with pleasant and warm temperatures but then the temperatures drop and the atmosphere turns cold. In September the temperatures continue to be warm, as in October. Already in November there is a radical change in temperature, the cold increases, as well as the rainy days.

For this reason, it is best to take a good umbrella, a raincoat and go out to walk the streets bathed in the brightness of the rain and the multiple colors of the leaves. The streets are a mosaic of medieval and Renaissance buildings, but to avoid the cold it is best to visit the National Art Gallery. 

Created during the 19th century, it offers a multitude of works from the Italian school from the 14th to the 18th centuries. In the oldest section there are works by Vitale da Bologna, Giotto, Simone dei Crocifissi and Jacopino da Bologna. If this art gallery can be known for something, it is for its extensive Renaissance collection. Paintings of the Vivarini of Cima, Costa, Rafael or Parmigianino are the most outstanding.

Winter in Bologna

During winter in the city, temperatures are low and humidity is the protagonist. Snow floods the streets and the cold makes visitors and Bolognese take refuge. But if you are one of the brave adventurers who are not intimidated by low temperatures, dare to visit it.

To withstand the low temperatures in Bologna you can visit places like the Accursio Palace. It is a group of buildings that were joined over the centuries. Admire the Madonna di Piazza with Bambino. It is a terracotta work by Nicolò dell’Arca exhibited in the upper part of the façade.

Inside there are dozens of incredible rooms , but perhaps the most impressive is the Farnese Room. It was commissioned as it is now in 1665 by Cardinal Girolamo Farnese. Formerly it was called “Royal Room”, probably because it was in the Chapel of the Legacy that Charles V was crowned Emperor in 1530.

 “A good traveler has no fixed plans nor does he intend to arrive.”

-Lao Tzu-

Knowing the weather in Bologna you can now choose the best time for your visit . Perhaps the most beautiful seasons are spring and summer, but if you travel in autumn or winter, you will discover wonderful corners.

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