Bologna is known for it’s food, but this small city which is easily accessible by walking with no transportation needed. This is ideal if you visit Bologna with a baby stroller. Visit Bologna with your kids of any age – you won’t be disappointed.
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Visit Bologna with Kids
Ideal for a Toddler
Ideal for a Child
Where should a family stay?
Most of the hotels in Bologna are considered family-friendly, although as with all cities – size of hotel room is something to factor in.
If you are looking for gardens and a swimming pool we would suggest hotels outside the city centre, such as Relais Bellaria or Savoia Hotel Recency, with a huge garden and the only one in Bologna with a pool.
But with little kids who still use the stroller the best way to move in town is staying in the city centre so that it is not necessary to take public transportation.
Hotel Recommendations in Bologna
Savoia Hotel Regency
Art Hotel Commecianti
PHI Hotel Bologna
I Portici Hotel
Activities for children aged 0-10
Tiring our babies and toddlers whilst they absorb all that is around them.
San Luca Express, the tourist train line created to connect Bologna’s city center with the enchanting Basilica di San Luca, immersed in the Bologna’s hills
The Luna Farm at FICO Eataly World
Fattoria Zivieri with animals
Fattorie Didattiche in Italia – Educational farm with animals
SalaBorsa is a very nice place for kids, it’s the main public library, in the main square, with a big kids section and also a baby section with soft mats to play on. https://www.bibliotecasalaborsa.it/ragazzi/
Parks & Playgrounds
There are many parks and playgrounds.
The main one is Giardini Margherita, the best and biggest park in Bologna with playground areas for kids.
Just outside the city, families can find FICO Eataly World, with a lot of children activities and plays, merry go rounds and fantastic attractions for kids including a small entertainment park along with a petting farm.
Outside of Bologna, a great playground is the Parco Giochi Primo Sport in San Lazzaro di Savena (BO)
Family-friendly cafés & restaurants
Food feels like such a central part of the culture of Bologna. You’re bound to find somewhere to eat and it will be delicious.
Tana libera tutti Cafè Bistrot with a children play area;
Zoo for brunch;
Osteria del Cappello;
La Torinese (gelato);
Gelato Carpigiani Museum for gelato lab;
“Altro?” at Mercato delle Erbe;
Mercato di Mezzo
Mercato delle Erbe
The city is 100% walkable so it’s just easier to walk.
If visitors need to move with public transportation they can take buses (most of them are pram-friendly) and local trains (also pram-friendly).
Taxis are pram-friendly but you’ll need to request a child seat in advance.
Città del Sole
Giannino Stoppani Bookshop – a temple for kids books
The best times to visit Bologna are late Spring and early Autumn
Public Changing Tables
Not many bars and restaurants have a changing table so the best place to change a diaper is Biblioteca Salaborsa.
The Clock Tower & Asinelli Tower
For families with older kids, climb the towers (the Clock Tower has less stairs than the Asinelli Tower)