Bologna in Spring is at its best. The city awakens, outdoor tables of osterias and restaurants in the city center are crowded with locals and students, nature blooms on the hills around the city and in the parks of the valley and the narrow medieval city streets echo with music.
The Giardini Margherita is the largest and certainly the most popular city park. It was designed by the Piedmontese Sambuy to provide Bologna with an ample green and public place as in other Italian and European cities. It was opened in 1879 with the name of “Passeggio Regina Margherita” ( as a tribute to the wife of King Umberto I).