About Bologna & Beyond

Come for the conference. Stay for the experience!

Live your Italian dream!

EUBCE 2023 is back in person! But not just anywhere; the conference venue is minutes away from the magical and historic Italian city of Bologna!

Home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Considered the food capital of Italy. Practically an open-air architectural museum. A UNESCO city of music. And one of the 100 EU cities committed to going climate neutral by 2030.

What an opportunity! With that, might we suggest that you create some time before, during, or after the conference week to seize the moment, enjoy the city, and explore the areas nearby?

Here are a few of our staff’s favourites!


Follow the suggested itinerary to discover Bologna by foot

A – Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno
B – Piazza Maggiore
C – Basilica di San Petronio, Piazza Galvani
D – Museo Civico Archeologico, Via dell’Archiginnasio
E – Archiginnasio de Bolonia, Piazza Galvani
F – Portico del Pavaglione, Piazza Galvani
G – Piazza Santo Stefano, Via Santo Stefano
H – Torre degli Asinelli, Piazza di Porta Ravegnana
I – Via Piella, Bologna
J – Pinacoteca Nazionale, Via delle Belle Arti

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Between the historic architecture of Bologna lie a number of hidden galleries, elegant streets, and lively markets offering high-end couture, artiginal creations, and delicious local delicacies.

Here are a few shopping and gastronomic recommendations:

FICO Eataly

Enjoy the world’s largest food park! FICO Eataly is Bologna’s #1 tourist destination.

Discover and sample Italy’s finest food and wine at this agricultural food park in Bologna.
Located just a few miles from the city centre of BolognaFICO Eataly World, the only theme park in the world dedicated to Italian food and which brings food and wine culture, nature and entertainment together under one roof. Known simply as FICO (which stands for Fabbrica Italiana Contadina, i.e. Italian farming production), the park covers 10 hectares comprising an outdoor area designated for crops and livestock, in addition to eight hectares of covered premises housing restaurants, shops and factories where products are made.

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Explore the land where speed was born


Emilia-Romagna is also known as the Motor Valley, where the territory of Bologna and Modena alone boasts the factories of famous race car and motorbike brands, such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati, Maserati, Ducati to name a few, and internationally renowned racetracks.
Check out dates for Motor Valley Fest 2023!


Immerse yourself in the Ferrary story past and present

The Maranello Musuem tells the Ferrari story by delving deep into the Prancing Horse’s extraordinary roots and taking visitors on a magnificent journey via its most famous and successful F1 cars, legendary sports prototypes and GTs, and, of course, the road cars that have set the benchmark for the entire car industry.

Get a taste of the exhilaration of driving a Prancing Horse F1 single seater or a high-performance GT car and visit the Ferrari track where the Prancing Horse has carried out all its competition and road car tests since 1972.

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A 360-degree Ducati experience – Borgo Panigale

Discover the past, present and future of the Italian motorcycling in the eyes of Borgo Panigale.
Visit the Ducati Museum, experience how Ducati’s bikes are conceived and made in real life by visiting the factory facilities and request a test drive.

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The powerful history of Lamborghini

The fascinating history, iconic models and tours of the production lines inside the Automobili Lamborghini Museum reveal 60 years of innovation that are projecting Lamborghini into the future.

The Automobili Lamborghini Museum offers an interactive experience, also provided by the new driving simulator that amplifies the emotions and discovery of the vehicles on display.

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Discover the International Imola racing track

Visit Enzo and Dino Ferrari Racetrack, one of the few major international racing circuits to run, the secrets of every corner, the legend of Formula One in Imola and the restricted areas.

Drive a Supercar in the Imola racetrack and benefit from a unique driving experience with Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, Nissan GT-R and other GTs at the Imola circuit.

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The green landscapes of Bologna

The nature and outdoor reference point for the Bologna area. Materials, maps, itineraries, experiences and travel suggestions for trekking and cycling enthusiasts, or simply for the green-minded.

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Get lost in one the world’s largest bamboo labyrinth

Visit the Labirinto della Masone, a work of art spreading across 17 acres of bamboo plants and the brainchild of Franco Maria Ricci, Italian graphic designer, publisher, editor, art collector and bibliophile. Apart from the monumental maze, this extraordinary project is also home to the Franco Maria Ricci Foundation, which serves as a museum, library, publishing house, exhibition space, and concert arena.
The structure also houses Ricci’s impressive art collection, accumulated over the course of his life.

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Learn how to make fresh pasta and discover the secrets of Italian cuisine

Are you looking for an experience that goes beyond pasta making? Do you want to delve deeper into the world of authentic Italian cooking? Would you like to start your cooking class shopping at one of the historic food markets?

Book a cooking class in Bologna:

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