Modena and Bologna in the Fall: Taste and See!

Discover Modena and Bologna’s vivid Autumn scenery with a celebration of color and food.

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If fall is your favorite season, you won’t want to miss a visit to Modena and Bologna. 

The autumn season brings out the best of local colors and food, and this itinerary will help you discover the places that warrant a visit. 

Enjoy food and wine events and take in one of nature’s finest spectacles: the marvel of fall foliage!

  • Length
    72 hours
  • Interests
    Art & Culture
  • Target
  • First stop - Villa Gandini Park Formigine

    For your first stop, surround yourself with the lushness of nature in the Villa Gandini Park in Formigine (Modena Province). 

    The park is home to two extraordinary examples of the Ginkgo biloba, enormous trees that originate in China. In autumn, the Gingko wears its finest colors. 

    The splendid setting offers a marvelous, postcard landscape in which to lose yourself. Majestic, dazzling, and draped entirely in yellow, the two Ginkgo biloba stand side by side, overlooking a peaceful pond where ducks swim. Behind the trees is the elegant Villa Gandini, a remarkable example of neoclassicism designed by the Duke’s architect, Francesco Vandelli.

  • Second stop - Lambrusco Grasparossa Hills Castelvetro di Modena

    After you’ve had a chance to walk around, head out for another destination that needs to be on your list in fall: the hills between Levizzano and Castelvetro di Modena where the grapes for Lambrusco Grasparossa wine are grown. 

    Spend a day visiting historic towns and enjoying breathtaking views for an experience of Fall in all its beauty. 

    You can always count on the hills for extraordinary scenery, but in fall they take on colors that are especially intense and exhilarating. After lunch in one of the local restaurants, we’d suggest a visit to the spellbinding Castello di Levizzano, which looks out over the beautiful Levizzano hills. The castle is the home of the Rosso Graspa Museum of Wine and Rural Culture

    The Museum is dedicated to the local farming life, history, and culture of Castelvetro and its star product: Lambrusco Grasparossa wine. The museum’s displays are a testament to life in the fields, and extraordinary photographs illustrate farm life and the finest agricultural practices of the men and women who worked there. 

  • Third stop - The Modenese Apennines Sestola

    The next day, we recommend a trip to the Modenese Apennines, another spectacular vantage point for views of the foliage. The many thickly wooded areas are home to a wide variety of trees and plants, including firs, beech, and blueberries, all of which make these mountains a constantly shifting palette of colors.

    One of the most beautiful places in the Apennines is the Lago della Ninfa (“Nymph Lake”) in Sestola. The lake and its surrounding area are tinted all the colors of fall, from intense yellow to orange and red, and they shift quickly from one day to the next. To best appreciate the beauty around you, treat yourself to a walk and admire the area from different perspectives. One path you might enjoy takes you from Pian del Falco to the lake.

    We’d also mention that, in fall—generally in mid-October—an important event takes place in Fanano: ‘Ste Sroden, a festival dedicated to the traditions and flavors of autumn.

  • Fourth stop - The Labante Caves and Waterfalls Castel d'Aiano

    Make your next stop a visit to the part of the Apennines nearer to Bologna to explore the unique natural setting of the Labante caves and waterfalls, a hidden jewel. 

    The fall foliage here takes on unexpected, even more intense shades for a surreal atmosphere that will leave you speechless. If you’re traveling with children, this is a great place where you can all enjoy water games and nature trails.

  • Fifth stop - Villa Ghigi Bologna

    On your last day, our suggestion is a visit to Villa Ghigi, an oasis of peace and tranquility on the slopes of the Bologna hills. 

    From here, the view is unique: a panorama of urban greenery and the city from above, with fall colors decorating it all. To make the experience complete, take a break for a picnic in a gorgeous natural setting—bring your four-legged friend, if you have one. You’ll be rewarded with pure delight.

  • Sixth stop - Bosco della Frattona Natural Reserve Imola

    The last stop of this itinerary will take you out of town to the Bosco della Frattona Natural Reserve, near Imola, for an experience of unspoiled nature. 

    Walk along the paths beneath majestic trees whose leaves dance delicately in the air. Be sure to bring a camera: every step is an opportunity to capture the beauty of the fall foliage.

Last update 14/04/2024

Information offices

PIT del Castello di Formigine
Piazza Calcagnini, c/o reception Museo del Castello, 1 - Formigine (MO)
+ 39 059 416147 Opening: all year round
Castelvetro Info Point
Piazza Roma, 5 - Castelvetro di Modena (MO)
+ 39 059 758880 Opening: all year round
IAT del Cimone
Corso Umberto I, 3 - Sestola (MO)
+ 39 0536 62324 + 39 0536 61621 Opening: all year round
Pro Loco Castel d'Aiano
Via Lenzi, 14 - Castel d'Aiano (BO)
+ 39 329 9614533 Opening: all year round
IAT Bologna Welcome
Piazza Maggiore, 1/E - Bologna (BO)
+ 39 051 6583111
IAT Informazione Accoglienza Turistica Imola
Via Emilia, 135 - Imola (BO)
+ 39 0542 602 207 + 39 0542 602207

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