Bologna Art Galleries Walking Tour, Bologna (Self Guided)

Italy has given the world some of the most talented artistic masters throughout history. Bologna has a fantastic art heritage, one of the most extensive in Italy. Its galleries display priceless patrimonial and contemporary art. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most famous art galleries in Bologna.
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Bologna Art Galleries Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Bologna Art Galleries Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Bologna (See other walking tours in Bologna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Author: vickyc
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Municipal Art Collections

1) Municipal Art Collections

Municipal Art Collections, or Collezioni Comunali d'Arte, is located in Palazzo Comunale, on the square of the same name. Stunning frescoes decorate the halls of this old building that displays works of art dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 6:30 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 10 am - 6:30 pm
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Galleria D'Arte Maggiore

2) Galleria D'Arte Maggiore

Galleria d'Arte Maggiore, established in 1978 by Franco and Roberta Calarota, displays modern classic art, with works by universally renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Renè Magritte and Giorgio Morandi.

Operation Hours: Monday: 4 pm - 7:30 pm; Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 12:30 pm; 4 pm - 7:30 pm
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Galleria Forni

3) Galleria Forni

Galleria Forni, opened in 1967, displays figurative paintings, abstract work and sculpture, including such artists as Morandi, De Chirico, Marino Marini, Sironi, Ipousteguy, Ben Nicholson, Allen Jones, Sutherland, Fontana and Morlotti.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm; 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Galleria De'Foscherari

4) Galleria De'Foscherari

Galleria De'Foscherari appeared in the early sixties, displaying contemporary artwork by local and international artists. Pier Paolo Calzolari, Mario Ceroli, Claudio Parmiggiani, Piero Dorazio, Herman Nitsch, Nunzio, Luigi Ontani, Gianni Piacentino and Mario Schifano are only a few artists exhibited at this gallery.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 12:30 pm; 4 pm - 7:30 pm
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National Art Gallery of Bologna

5) National Art Gallery of Bologna (must see)

The National Art Gallery of Bologna (Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna) is a museum in Bologna. It is located in the former Saint Ignatius Jesuit novitiate of the city's University district, and inside the same building that houses the Academy of Fine Arts.

The museum offers a wide collection of Emilian paintings from the 13th to the 18th century and other fundamental works by artists who were in some way related to the city. The gallery's first nucleus of works came from the acquisition in 1762 by monsignor Francesco Zambeccari of eight early 15th-century altarpieces, salvaged from the demolition of Saint Mary Magdalene's church. In 1997 the Gallery was complety renovated to comply the European standards, and it is one of the best known Italian art galleries, internationally known and appreciated for its space dedicated exclusively to temporary exhibitions and for its educational activities.

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Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday: 8,30am - 7,30pm. Closed on Monday;

July and August:
Tuesday and Wednesday 8,30am-2pm;
from Thursday to Sunday 1,45pm-7,30pm, closed on Monday;
*the ticket office closes half an hour before.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Bologna, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Bologna

Create Your Own Walk in Bologna

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bologna is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Western Bologna Walking Tour

Western Bologna Walking Tour

The western part of Bologna has several historical sites, such as the old city gate, Old Town, several old churches, as well as art galleries and museums. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most interesting places in Bologna’s west end.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Kids Walking Tour of Bologna

Kids Walking Tour of Bologna

Bologna is such a beautiful city, with many fascinating buildings, art galleries and museums that are interesting for both adults and kids. It also has wonderful parks and amazing toy shops children will love. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bologna’s best attractions for kids.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Shopping Areas Tour in Bologna

Shopping Areas Tour in Bologna

Bologna offers a wide selection of shopping, having streets lined with small shops and markets. Shops follow an unusual schedule, being closed on Thursday afternoon and on Sunday. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bologna’s most interesting shops and shopping streets.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Nightlife Walking Tour in Bologna

Nightlife Walking Tour in Bologna

Bologna has a vibrant nightlife, where you will find many diverse nightclubs, discos and live music venues. The most popular place for a night out is the student quarter, Old Town and the streets around the main square. Take this self-guided tour to enjoy Bologna’s exciting nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Southern Bologna Walking Tour

Southern Bologna Walking Tour

Southern Bologna boasts many great attractions, such as the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Saint Luca, museums and palaces with magnificent architecture. Take this self-guided tour and explore the most interesting sites in the south of Bologna.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Palaces Walking Tour of Bologna

Palaces Walking Tour of Bologna

Bologna is an ancient city with beautiful architecture. In these palaces you can see art by the great masters, intricately decorated interiors and luxurious old furniture. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bologna’s most historically significant palaces.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bologna for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bologna has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bologna, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.