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Bologna golf holidays - everything you need to know!

Golf holidays in Bologna

If you like to mix your golf with art, architecture, history, culture and gastronomy then Bologna could well be your perfect destination.  The capital of the Emilia Romagna province, Bologna has for centuries been at the centre of all that occurs in this attractive corner of Italy between Tuscany to the South and Veneto to the North.

Bologna's sights and attractions are numerous and would fill the best part of a week to do them all justice!  However the main sights can be combined with a few days golf to create the perfect golf holiday for culture vultures and/or lovers of Italian cuisine.

Bolognese cuisine

The dish that is irrevocably associated with Bologna is of course 'Spaghetti Bolognese, (or spag-bol if you must!).  However, this has nothing to do with the real cuisine of Bologna (for a start the pasta is much more likely to be tagliatelle or fettucine).

Just about every region of Italy claims to be the 'gastronomic capital', but in Bologna's case they might be right...  The city is filled with Osterie in which you can tuck yoursef away in the Winter or spraed yourself outside in the Summer.  Food is all homemade and absolutely delicious.  Bologna has its own form of pasta (100g of flour per egg) which is more al dente than elsewhere in Italy.

Every street in Bologna is crammed with Ristorante, Trattorie and Osterie; there are plenty of Enoteche too - providing both a visual and a literal feast.

After a few days strolling the city, you may well wonder what everybody does in Bologna - apart from eating and drinking!?!

Bologna golf courses

The Emilia Romagna golf courses are quite spread out so this region of Italy is not so good for playing several courses from one convenient base.  The best concentration of courses however is around Bologna.  Here, there are three golf courses in reasonable proximity to each other.  So the historic and gastronomic delights of the city of Bologna can be combined with some gentle competition and exercise in the Emilia Romagna countryside.

The closest to Bologna is, unsurprisingly, Bologna Golf Club itself, a traditional Club and layout just to the Southeast of the city.  The next nearest is Le Fonti further to the East and a highly entertaining course.  The best by far is however at Modena, a superb course both in terms of layout, Clubhouse and maintenance.  A little way to drive but a 'must play' for any golfers in the Bologna region!

There is another golf course to the South of Bologna, where the Tuscan hills start but it's not worth the drive (in our opinion).

Ferrari factory at Modena

If you associate Italy with fast cars and in particular Ferraris, then a visit to the Ferrari factory museum at Modena is a must.  It's quite close to Modena Golf Club so a day of golf and sports cars can easily be arranged for you.  You could even have dinner there!
Head to the Ferrari website for more information.

Getting to Bologna

There are many flights every week into Bologna with EasyJet and Ryanair.  The city's position in the centre af Emilia Romagna means that it's a popular route for holidaymakers heading for Florence or the Adriatic coast at Rimini and consequently well served by the airlines.

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