This is a preview of the content in our Bologna + Modena Art & Culture app. Get the app to:
  • Read offline
  • Remove ads
  • Add Map function to find sites, as well as your own custom locations (your hotel...)
  • Build a list of your own favourites
  • Search the contents with our advanced text search functionality
  • ... and more!
iOS App Store Google Play

Giardini Margherita

Bologna's Biggest City Park

Statue of Vittorio Emanuele, Giardini Margherita

Bologna keeps its largest and most beautiful city park out in the southeastern corner of the centro storico where few casual visitors ever see it. Named for the much-loved Queen of Italy who was on the throne when it was laid out in the 1870s (she also lent her name to a classic style of pizza), the park has artificial gypsum cliffs, tree lined lanes and lawns, a splendid oak grove and a pretty lagoon with an island in the middle. On the south end, you can see a rare above-ground section of the Savena canal.

Villanovan hut

There’s also a reproduction of a 2,800-year-old Villanova-culture round hut on display (perhaps fittingly, since an Etruscan necropolis was discovered in the park itself).

Practical Info Practical Info icon

Piazza di Porta Santo Stefano. Buses nos. 32, 33, 38, 39, 17, 13, 90 and 96

Hours Always open

+39 051 335611

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Velthur, Creative Commons License