Una passeggiata in bicicletta tra le antiche Porte di Bologna

Discover Bologna with a Walk among the Ancient fortified Gates

Welcome to Bologna, a city rich in history, culture, and mystery. We invite you to discover the heart of the city with a fascinating self-guided walking tour along the circonvallazione that surrounds the entire historic center. This unique walk will take you on a journey to discover the ancient city gates, each of which is associated with a zodiac sign.

A Journey through Time among Bologna’s Gates

During the Middle Ages, Bologna was protected by a formidable wall, punctuated by 12 monumental gates. Today, only ten remain, but each retains its charm and history:

  • Porta San Felice (Aries)
  • Porta Sant’Isaia (Taurus) - REMOVED -
  • Porta Saragozza (Gemini)
  • Porta San Mamolo (Cancer) - REMOVED -
  • Porta Castiglione (Leo)
  • Porta Santo Stefano (Virgo)
  • Porta Maggiore (Libra)
  • Porta San Vitale (Scorpio)
  • Porta San Donato (Sagittarius)
  • Porta Mascarella (Capricorn)
  • Porta Galliera (Aquarius)
  • Porta delle Lame (Pisces)

Each gate tells a story, a legend, and offers a glimpse into Bologna of the past.

The Route

The circonvallazione follows a circular path that allows you to admire the remaining gates, perfectly integrated into the modern urban context. With a total distance of approximately 8 km, the route can easily be explored by bicycle. A dedicated cycle path, immersed in the greenery of the trees that make up the circonvallazione, makes the tour even more enjoyable and relaxing. By bike, considering an average speed of about 15 km/h, you can complete the route in about half an hour, allowing you to fully enjoy the beauty of the city in less time.

How to Participate

Participating in this self-guided tour is simple. You can start from any point on the route, perhaps choosing the gate closest to your accommodation or your current location. Equip yourself with a map or follow directions available on major navigation devices. Along the route, you will find informational panels that will tell you the history of each gate and its connection to the corresponding zodiac sign. Additionally, for those who wish to further enhance their experience, the "Collector's Guide SUB SIGNO TAURI" is available, providing more details about the route and the zodiac signs.

Useful Tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes: The route is easy, but a good pair of shoes will make your walk even more enjoyable.
  • Bring a bottle of water: Especially in the warmer months, it's important to stay hydrated.
  • Have your camera ready: Each gate is a small architectural masterpiece that deserves to be captured.
  • Relax and enjoy the journey: There is no rush, take your time to explore, stop, and appreciate the details of the city.

Discover Bologna in Freedom

With this walk along the circonvallazione, you will have the opportunity to discover Bologna like never before. It's an experience that will allow you to immerse yourself in the city's history, admire its architecture, and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this ancient metropolis.

Happy travels and enjoy discovering Bologna!