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 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


Green and circular economy to nurture the local innovation ecosystem.


A green focused local economy.

Urban and peri-urban agriculture: a laboratory to greening the city.


5 years’ time

Open dialogue and ideas generation.

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

Urban and peri-urban agriculture Mediterranean Cluster.


10 years’ time

A pioneer in locally generated green energy.

An edible landscape.

15 years’ time

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