Top 5 best hikes in Bologna, Italy

Welcome to my guide on Bologna hiking, on this list you will see some inner-city hikes along with some revelatory trails that many people don’t know about just yet

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5. San Luca – Parco della Chiusa – Parco San Pellegrino

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • How to get to San Luca – Parco della Chiusa – Parco San Pellegrino: Head West of Bologna, South West of Saragozza. It’s directly off of Via Saragozza 
  • Duration of hike: You can expect to take roughly 3 and a half hours to complete this trail
  • Elevation: 1,391 feet
  • More information: San Luca – Parco – Della Chiusa – Parco San Pellegrino 
  • You might be delighted to find out that this is a loop trail. A loop trail that I would recommend to even when it comes to less experienced hikers
  • This trail comes with a lot of bonuses, including being kid-friendly, dogs can be walked, and it happens to be partially paved
  • This trail can also be combined with the next trail if you really want to release your inner animal outside of its cage
  • In terms of Bologna hiking, I would put this trail in high regard because it’s a medium between easy and difficult.
Bologna hiking

4. Portico di San Luca

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • How to get to Portico di San Luca: This trail starts from the center of Bologna, directly beside the Towers of Bologna
  • Duration of hike: The average person takes roughly 1 hour and a half to complete this trail
  • Trail length: 3.3 miles
  • Elevation: 807 feet 
  • More information: Portico di San Luca
  • One fascinating tidbit you will discover about this trail is that the elevation doesn’t even start until nearly ¾ into the trail
  • If you do not want to be around people, you may not want to go on this hike because you will almost definitely see many other human beings on this trek
  • One of the large and optimistic sides of this hike is that it is massive in terms of history. I don’t want to spill too many beans here but this was possibly part of a famous pilgrimage
  • When it comes to Bologna hiking, you will be hard-pressed to find a more historically significant trail 
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3. Bologna City Center Walk

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • How to get to Bologna City Center Walk: As you can imagine, this hike begins in the center of the city, directly beside the Tower of Bologna similar to the last trail
  • Duration of hike: This trail takes an average of 1 hour and a half to complete
  • Trail length: 3.2 miles
  • Elevation: 249 feet
  • More information: Bologna City Center Walk
  • Though many of you may come to think of hikes as something to be done on dirt trails. We are changing the conceptualization of what hiking is with some of these hikes
  • This is a beautiful path for those of you that want to get to know the city of Bologna 
  • If you are a beginner when it comes to walking, come on over and enjoy the city
Bologna hiking

2. Villa Mazzacorati – Parco Paleotto – Forte Bandiera

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • How to get to Villa Mazzacorati – Parco Paleotto – Forte Bandiera: This hike begins South East of Bologna directly beside Parco de Villa aldrovandi Mazzacorati
  • Duration of hike: This will most likely take you on average roughly 3 hours to complete
  • Trail length: 5.8 miles   
  • Elevation: 948 feet
  • More information: Villa Mazzacorati – Parco Paleotto – Forte Bandiera 
  • Here we go, for the ladies and gentlemen that aren’t looking for a city venture, you can go on this hike. You will be viewing rivers, dirt trails, and mountains on this one
  • The near 1,000 elevation may scare you a bit if you are hesitant when it comes to climbing but I can assure you that it doesn’t feel like 1,000 feet
  • When it comes to Bologna hiking, there’s nearly a zero percent chance of you regretting this hike if you are an outdoorsy person
  • My favorite thing when it comes to this trail is the impeccable views you will have along the entire hike
Bologna hiking

1. Parco Giardini Margherita

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • How to get to Parco Giardini Margherita: Head South East of Bologna toward Giardini Margherita and you will see the trail
  • Duration of hike: On average this trail will probably take you somewhere around half an hour
  • Trail length: 1.7 mile
  • Elevation: 124 feet
  • More information: Parco Giardini Margherita
  • This is another trail that could very well become immersed into the stereotype of what it is to be a hiking trail
  • If you are similar to me and you obsess over loop trails you will love this considering it is also a loop trail
  • This luxurious trail includes many great supplements, including being wheelchair-friendly, stroller friendly, you are able to walk dogs and the path has some history to it
  • In terms of Bologna hiking, I ultimately chose this as the numero uno choice on the top 5 best hikes in Bologna, Italy because of how easy this trail is, the overall experience is out of this world


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