Bologna, Italy

A Guide to the Best Places to Run in Bologna and Surrounding Areas

Capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy and the seventh largest city in Italy, Bologna is an important agricultural, industrial, financial and transport hub. The city is known for its towers, churches, 38 km of porticoes, and location of the oldest university in the world. There’s great running in Bologna’s well-preserved historical center (inside the SS64 Ring Road), in its parks, and the verdant hills rising just south of the city.

We’ve carved out five great places to run in Bologna: a gorgeous ‘runseeing tour‘, the popular Parco Giardini Margherita, a unique route entirely under one of Bologna’s covered arcades, and two gorgeous runs in Bologna’s green hills.

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Bologna features a nice climate for running in most months. Summer are warm to hot, with high temperatures averaging in the 29-30C (mid-80s) range. Winters are cool, with average highs of 6C (mid-40s), and nights dipping to around freezing. It can rain in any month but most of the 500-900mm (20-30 inches) of rainfall occurs in the spring and fall. Snow is rare.

Bologna is a busy business and commercial center, so there’s a big choice of accommodation. If you stay in or near the Historical Center (inside SS64 Ring Road), there’s good access to all our favorite runs in Bologna.


The usual collection of show company stores — Nike, New Balance, & more. Two indy running stores:

Road Runner Running Store, on Via Antonio Gramsci.

Tempo Run  Bologna.


The following organizations have group runs:

Il Passo Capponi

San Rafal