Bologna Inside - Second Edition

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Bologna’s home team, FC Bologna, was founded in 1909. Games are played in the center of the city at Stadio Renato Dallara (formerly Stadio Comunale), a stadium that seats nearly 40,000 spectators. You can buy tickets to matches directly at the biglietteria (ticket office) in Piazza della Pace in front of the stadium, through the offices of the Centro Coordinamento Bologna Clubs (Bologna Clubs Coordination Center), or at any Carisbo San Paolo branch during banking hours.

Centro Coordinamento Bologna Clubs

Stadio Renato Dallara
Via Andrea Costa, 71
Tel. 051.6152899


Basketball is popular in Bologna, where the city’s two professional teams, Virtus and Fortitudo, provoke strong loyalties among their fans. Although the Italian word for the sport is actually pallacanestro, just about everyone refers to it as “basket.” Regular season hoops run from October to May.

Fortitudo Pallacanestro

Paladozza Land Rover Arena
Piazza Azzarita
Tel. 051.6430411
Fortitudo plays at Paladozza Land Rover Arena, an intimate stadium that seats 5,700 spectators. Here you will also find the Fortitudo Point, the team’s merchandising shop. Fortitudo tickets may be purchased from the ticket office behind the arena on Via Graziano.


Via dell’Arcoveggio, 49/2
Tel. 051.4155911
Virtus games are played at Palamalaguti in Casalecchio di Reno. Tickets for games may be purchased directly from the Virtus office or at the arena.


Bologna’s most important baseball team is Fortitudo BC, on the scene since 1953. Baseball is played from April to September and Fortitudo’s home field is Stadio Gianni Falchi. Tickets may be purchased directly at the botteghino (box office) of the stadium.

Fortitudo BC 1953

Piazzale Atleti Azzurri d’Italia
Tel. 051.479618


Bambulè Shop

Via Tiarini, 1/a
Tel. 051.372494

Botteghino Live Show

Via Andrea Costa, 224/a
Tel. 051.6140998

Estrogen Shop

Via Zamboni, 53
Tel. 051.241554

Tabaccheria AB

Galleria 2 Agosto, 1/c
Tel. 051.249409

For a really incredible experience you can watch Bologna’s baseball team for the blind, the White Sox, one of six Italian teams supported by AIBXC - Associazione Italiana Baseball per Cechi. The game is played like regular baseball, but with a special ball that makes different noises based on how it moves through the air. Two seeing players help give directions behind second and third base. You can watch games at the Stadio Lioni in Casteldebole from June to October.

Elisa Pampaloni

Last Minute Opera

The best way to see an opera on a budget is by gettinginto the dress rehearsal with a complimentary ticketfrom someone who works at the theater. But if yourcircle of pals doesn’t include a diva or a cellist, you’vegot a couple of other options. The Teatro Comunale diBologna offers a last minute deal, selling leftovertickets at great discounts 1.5 hours before curtain. Thislast minute special is only for tickets otherwise unsoldfor the day’s performance, so forget about it if aproduction is popular. In addition to the last minutetix, the age-old tradition of selling the balconata ticketsto starving artists is still in full swing. Though thebird’s eye view leaves something to be desired, many saythese seats are acoustically the best in the house. Beready to hear the harshest criticisms, the most sincerebravi, hoots, whistles and comments from the balconata- those who end up there are known to be the greatestenthusiasts! The box office starts to sell balconytickets, max two per person, two hours before curtain(1.5 hours before matinees). However, arrival at the moment of truth is a day-long process using a system as old as the theater itself. It works as follows: the game begins at 6 with the first person to arrive tacking up a sheet with their name on a board outside the box office. Others add their names to the list as the day progresses. Every three hours (at 9, 12, 15 and 18) there is a call, and if you or a representative fail to respond to your name, you are slashed off the list and lose your place. The last call is made just before the box office opens and tickets are then sold until they run out. The number of balcony seats available varies according to the show. A similar system exists in some form at each Italian opera house. Balcony veterans are as serious about this tradition and its rules as they are about their expectations of the leading tenor. Take it from those of us who have tried: you risk your life trying to swoop up on your bike three minutes late and convince the crowd to put your name back where it was on the list before you got cut!

Jill Janzen