San Petronio
Celebrate Saint Petronius at FICO!

The events not to be missed on October 4th in Bologna

Bologna celebrates Saint Petronius! We celebrate the patron saint of the town with events and appointments for the whole family. A day of celebration to enjoy with friends, sport, food, and solidarity.

Here are all the events you won't want to miss.

Choose how to spend your Saint Petronius:

Sporty and delicious Saint Petronius

Choose the StraFICO marathon

FICO hosts the first edition of the food and wine marathon open to everyone. At 11 am the start of the 5 kilometer marathon that weaves through the Park, with five stages of good Italian food and wine. An unusual combination of sport and food open to everyone: families, adults, children, four-legged friends (there will be a snack for them too).

Registration takes place in the Park by 5 pm of October 3rd or online (, or directly at FICO the morning of October 4th, with meeting of the participants and distribution of bib and race kit from 10 am.

Saint Petronius for children

Irresistible Tortellini hunt

For children, there is nothing better than spending a day of celebration with the whole family! Saint Petronius at FICO continues at 3 pm with the ‘Tortellini hunt’ at the Agribottega.

A yummy treasure hunt, an opportunity for children to learn all the secrets of our Bolognese cuisine. The proceeds will be donated to Ageop Ricerca Onlus, an association supporting projects for children in the Pediatric Oncohematology department of Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi in Bologna.

Start the tortellini hunt →

Solidarity-based Saint Petronius

Meeting with the chef hero of social commitment

The celebration continues at the Arena Theater on 6 pm with a great guest: Bruno Serato, the Italian-American chef hero of social commitment. Since 2005, every day the philanthropist cook offers a dish of pasta to more than 2,000 children in California and Mexico. At FICO he will present the Italian edition of his book The Power of Pasta (Gruppo Lumi) and tell the story of his incredible experience.

Find out more about Bruno Serato → LINK

Saint Petronius of Peace

International Meeting Bridges of Peace

At the end of the day dedicated to Saint Petronius, we host the presentation of the international meeting Bridges of Peace 2018 (scheduled in Bologna from October 14th to 16th).

At 7:30 pm we’ll have many guests in the Arena for the 32nd stage of “The spirit of Assisi,” inaugurated in 1986 by John Paul II and carried on by the Community of Sant'Egidio.

Find out the program and the guests →


TITLE: Saint Petronius at FICO Bologna – events you won't want to miss

DESCRIPTION: Find out all the events not to be missed to celebrate Saint Petronius in Bologna! FICO offers several events for a day to spend with the whole family