Bologna for Expats and Nomads

Quality of LifeCost of LivingDigital Nomads

👥Population: 1,017,196

🚑Healthcare: great

📚Education: excellent

👮🏽‍♀️Safety: poor

🚨Crime: too much

🚌Transport: excellent

🚥Traffic: very low

🚴‍♂️Cyclable: excellent

🏛️Culture: good

🍸Nightlife: excellent

⚽Recreation: excellent

🌦️Climate: okay

☀️Sunshine: good

🥵Summers: hot

🥶Winters: very cold

🌧️Rain: little

🌫️Fog: foggy

🍃Air quality: excellent

👪For family: great

👩For women: great

🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+: excellent

🥗For vegans: excellent

📈Cost of Living: expensive

🧑🏻Expenses (single person): 2270.88€/m

👩🏽‍🏫Expenses (tourist): 3406.32€/m

🏠Rental (studio apt.): 500.85€/m

🏘️Rental (2-room apt.): 715.5€/m

🏰Rental (3-room apt.): 1001.7€/m

🏙️Housing Cost: expensive

💵Local Income: 2159.23€/m

👪Expenses (small family): 3394.6€/m

🏠Sale (studio apt.): 70200€/m

🏘️Sale (2-room apt.): 117000€/m

🏰Sale (3-room apt.): 163800€/m

👩‍💻Nomad-friendly: excellent

💃Fun: great

🤗Friendliness: excellent

🤐English-speakers: excellent

😊Happiness: great

💸Nomad cost: 3406.32€/m

📡High-speed Internet: excellent

📈Innovation: excellent

🏖️Beach: okay

⛰️Hiking: great


Map of the Bologna province in Emilia-Romagna
Map of the provinces of Emilia-Romagna including Bologna
The province of Bologna is the 11st largest Italian province by population with 1.017.196 people, located in the Emilia-Romagna region.

The city of Bologna, with a population of approximately 389,261 residents, is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy.

Bologna is renowned for its rich history, vibrant culture, and culinary traditions.

The city is home to one of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Bologna, which contributes to its youthful and dynamic atmosphere.

Bologna is famous for its beautiful medieval architecture, including the iconic Two Towers, the historic Piazza Maggiore, and the intricate Basilica di San Petronio.

Visitors can indulge in the city's gastronomic delights, such as authentic Bolognese cuisine and the renowned local specialty, tortellini.

The larger Bologna metropolitan area comprises 55 towns (comuni) and covers an area of 3.702 km2.

The population density is 274 inhabitants per km2, making it somewhat densely populated.

The male to female ratio is 1.00:1.08.

Bologna (Emilian: Bulåggna) is a beautiful and historic city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northeast Italy.

It has the oldest university in the Western world, a lively student population, excellent food, a striking brick terracotta-roofed cityscape, and lots to see and do.

The city itself has a population just under 395,000 in 2020. Until 2015 it was part of a "Province of Bologna" but this was absorbed into a metropolitan area, population 1,017,000.

This page therefore covers the entire metropolis, with the exception of Imola, described separately.

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The province of Bologna receives on average 234 hours of sunshine per month, or 7.8 hours of sunshine per day.NaN This is 0.85% less than the average for Italy and 0.57% more than the average for the region of Emilia-Romagna.

Throughout the year, it rains on average 6.68 days per month, which is below average for an Italian province.

During the autumn and winter season, there are usually 7.55 days per month with fog and 4.17 cold days per month with perceived temperatures below 3°C.

In the summer, there are on average 24.35 hot days per month with perceived temperatures above 30°C.

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Cost of Living

The average monthly income in Bologna is around 2159.23€, which is higher than the average for Italy.

The estimated cost of living is around 2270.88€ per month for an individual or 3394.6€ per month for a family of 4.

The cost for renting a small apartment (2-3 bedrooms) in a main city area is around 1052.14€ per month.

Overall, Bologna is expensive compared to other Italian provinces.

Living in Bologna is around 37.62% more expensive than the average of all Italian provinces.

Quality of Life


Healthcare in Bologna is above average. For every 10k inhabitants, there are around undefined pharmacies, 9.47 general practitioners and 39.9 specialized doctors per 10k inhabitants.

NaNAverage life expectancy in Bologna is very high at 83.1 years of age.


Bologna has a higher-than-average percentage of high school graduates, around 76.8%; and a higher-than-average percentage of university graduates, around 41.8%.NaN The average number of completed years of schooling for people over 25 is 11.67, which is above the national average of 10.44.

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Bologna is well-known for its student life and vibrant nightlife scene that attracts locals, students, and visitors alike.

The city is filled with an eclectic mix of bars, pubs, and clubs offering a diverse range of experiences.

Visitors can enjoy live music performances, DJ sets, and a lively atmosphere that extends into the early hours of the morning.

Bologna's vibrant and inclusive nightlife showcases the city's youthful energy and cultural diversity.

Overall, Bologna has pretty good nightlife with 3.03 bars and 3.57 restaurants per 10k inhabitants.

Crime and Safety

The province of Bologna is overall less safe than other Italian provinces for expats.

As of 2021, there are an average of 4636.6 reported crimes per 100k inhabitants.

This is 63.50% higher than the national average.

There have been around 0.6 deadly road accidents and 10.2 serious work-related injuries per 10k people in Bologna.

This is respectively 11.11% more driving accidents than average and 20.93% less work accidents than average.

Car theft is reportedly 28.12% lower than average with only 50.7 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNReports of house thefts are 105.69% higher than average with 359.99 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNCases of robbery are not totally uncommon, around 124.53% higher than average with 49.71 reports per 100k inhabitants.

Bologna is generally considered a safe city with a moderate crime rate.

Instances of petty theft and pickpocketing can occur, particularly in crowded areas and tourist spots, so it is advisable to remain vigilant and keep personal belongings secure.

The city has been associated with drug-related issues, including drug use and trafficking.

Bologna maintains effective safety measures and has a visible police presence, contributing to a secure environment for residents and visitors.

Road accidents are relatively infrequent, but it is important to exercise caution and adhere to traffic regulations when driving in Bologna.


Public transport in Bologna is quite good, and traffic is low.

NaNThere are on average 0.53 active vehicles per person, against a national average of 0.66.

Around 1.24km per 10k inhabitants of the main city in Bologna consist of bicycle lanes.

This makes Bologna somewhat bike-friendly by Italian standards.


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