March 23 - March Social Event

The March Social Event, scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd at 7pm, will offer us a behind the scenes tour of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna with a private English-guided tour.  Please meet for 6:45pm outside the ticket office at Via Largo Respighi 1.  The tour is scheduled to last approximately 1 -1.25 hours and is free for members and a 5euro fee applies for female guests.  Please SIGN -UP on the forum for this event. Consider joining us for a no-host aperitivo following the tour at Alce Nero Berberè (via Petroni, 9c), upstairs which will be reserved for IWF members.

April 20 - April General Meeting

The April General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 20th and will take place at Dynamo - the velostation of Bologna, via dell'Indipendenza 71z.  Simona Larghetti, a founder of Dynamo, will provide us with tour of the space, discuss how the station works,  and most importantly, share the story of how it came to be following the efforts of the bike enthusiasts and activists behind Dynamo. 





February Monthly Meeting

Date Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 07:15 PM

The February Monthly Meeting will take place on February 16th at the Aula Magna of the Centre delle Donne (via del Piombo, 5) with social greetin ...

March Social Event

Date Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 06:45 PM

The March Social Event, scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd at 7pm, will offer us a behind the scenes tour of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna with a ...

April General Meeting

Date Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00 AM

The April General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 20th and will take place at Dynamo - the velostation ...


Ramblers' Weekend in the Apennines

Date Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 12:00 AM

We are planning a special ramblers’ event in the Apennines for the weekend of April 8 - 9 to which all IWF ...


Man on Wire

Date Friday, April 07, 2017 - 08:00 PM

Man on Wire (2008, 93 min)   2009 BAFTA for Outstanding British Film, the Independent Spirit ...


March Book Club - LaRose

Date Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 08:00 PM

Bonita Sindelir will host our next meeting at 8pm on Tuesday, March 28.  We will be discussing ...


Pensions, insurance and investments

Date Friday, March 24, 2017 - 06:00 PM

Dear IWF Members, Robert Watson, an English financial advisor for deVere Italia - a reputable independent financial ...


'Arrivederci' language XChange

Date Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Dear ladies, let’s meet, once again in March, to say ‘arrivederci’ to a friend leaving Bologna at ...


Coffee Morning Christmas break

Date Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hi everyone, we'll be meeting for coffee untill the 21st of December/2016 and then we'll take a break and will meet ...


Two "must-see" masterpieces in the city centre

Date Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Dear IWF Friends, I am thrilled to announce that Culture Club first Spring outing will head to my two absolute ...


Run/Walk in Centro

Date Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 08:30 AM

Saturday, 18 March, let's meet in Piazza Maggiore at 8:30 for a run/walk in centro!  We will have a casual run ...



Date Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 07:00 PM

March is when Ireland celebrates St. Patrick, the national saint responsible for bringing Christianity to the island ...


Updatings - March dinner at Osteria Buca Manzoni

Date Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 08:15 PM

After having tasted the Greek specialities in Febraury, we are back to Bologna with a dinner at Osteria Buca ...


Women's Strike

Date Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 06:00 PM

On Wednesday, March 8th women around the world will be striking. Some IWF members will be meeting in Piazza Maggiore ...


Chats at the market

Date Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 01:00 PM

Dear ladies, please join me for lunch and multilingual chats on Thursday 2nd at 1.00 pm. This time we are going to ...


Volunteers needed for food collection

Date Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 08:45 AM

On Saturday, March 4 several locations of Conad around the city are organizing a food collection for a variety of ...


WOOD Gastrobar, San Vitale 26A

Date Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 07:00 PM

The simple and naturally raw materials used in this bar and their careful preparation of food, give this bar its ...


English-style pub quiz for charity

Date Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 08:30 PM

IWF member Lea Zicchino has shared this information about a charity raffle which will be held on Wednesday, ...


IWF Bologna

is a social and professional network of English-speaking women


The International Women's Forum is a non-profit organization founded in October 1998 in Bologna, Italy for English-speaking women of all nationalities. The group serves as a professional, cultural and social resource where members have the opportunity to exchange experiences, make professional contacts, find support and friendship, and speak English.

The diversity of our current membership reflects the founding spirit of the IWF with more than 100 members of all ages and professions originating from 20 different countries. In addition to general meetings held one Thursday a month, the IWF is comprised of several smaller groups organized according to member interests. Whether you have just landed in Bologna or have called it home for decades, the IWF offers an enriching experience for all members. More on the IWF

Bologna Inside Second Edition

Everything you need to know to make Bologna home

Bologna Inside Guidebooka guidebook for English speakers living in or around Bologna, Italy. The guidebook, available in a 192-page volume and online at, is aimed not at tourists, but rather at newcomers who seek to make Bologna “casa” and need help orienting themselves to the area’s resources, services and bureaucratic procedures.

We've PUT the "F" in IWF

We’ve literally put the “forum” in International Women’s Forum. Members are in touch all the time via our online community. Read and post messages on a variety of topics ranging from health care to apartment hunting. Need a ride to an IWF event? Wondering instead how to get an Italian driver’s license? Check the forum! You can also use the private message function to send e-mail to other participants. While most discussions can be read by all, only members (both near and far!) can post messages. Visit the forums