Population -  388,000 (urban), 1,007,000 (metro)

Bologna is situated on the edge of the Po Plain at the foot of the Apennine Mountains, where the Reno and Savena river valleys meet.

Bologna’s economy focuses heavily on manufacturing (from food to machines) while also supporting the world’s oldest university and services sectors attached to education and manufacturing.

The medieval city is one of the most visited in Italy.

Connecting Nature Partner – Metropolitan City of Bologna

Contact: Marino Cavallo – marino.cavallo@cittametropolitana.bo.it


Water corridors.

Shifting to soft modes of transportation (cycling and walking) for urban mobility.


A network of green spaces.

A green focused local economy.

A stronger presence of slower modes of transport.


5 years’ time

More presence of green in the city.

Open dialogue and ideas generation.

Explore ways that nature, businesses and social functions can be linked to green space.

Stronger cycle networks.

An edible landscape.


10 years’ time

A pioneer in locally generated green energy.

Relocation of the bus-station to allow for a park.

Re-surfacing the river alongside a parkland.

A green park network.

A wireless world allows people to ‘disconnect’ from the physical network and spend more time in the ecological network.


15 years’ time

Water so fresh that one can catch and eat fish out of the river.