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Parks and gardens in Bologna

Nature lovers can enjoy walks in some of Bologna’s gardens and public parks.     

Bologna has plenty of parks and gardens to provide a welcome moment of respite for the weary tourist. Some of them are particularly charming, and deserve a visit in their own right.

One of Bologna’s largest and most popular parks is the famous Giardini Margherita, inspired by English gardens from the Romantic period, with wide, tree-lined avenues, a lake set amidst gypsum rocks, vast lawns, oak woods and innumerable charming spots. The oldest public garden in Bologna is the Montagnola Park in the centre of the old town, with huge sycamores dating back to the Napoleonic age. Other popular green areas include the Gardens in Via Filippo Re near the university, which often host concerts and other events. The Botanical Gardens at the University of Bologna, one of the oldest in the world, are certainly worth visiting. They house both a collection of rare and precious plants and a range of natural habitats where various plant species are grown and used primarily for study purposes.

Another of Bologna's outstanding gardens is the Parco dei Cedri, just outside the city centre but easily reached by public transport. The park is located on the River Savena, offering great views over the wetlands to the hills beyond.