Please note that the hotel booking service through Bologna Welcome gives you access to a 10 to 15% discount on the cost of the room. It is necessary to provide the discount code VV23 at the time of booking. However, this opportunity will be available starting from October 2022. Before this date, in fact, hotels do not yet have the 2023 price list available.

If you want to book up to 5 rooms in the same hotel click on the button below:

If you want to book more than 5 rooms to host all the choir’s members in the same hotel, please contact us through:


For directions on how to reach Bologna from abroad: click here.

Bologna Welcome activated a collaboration with Trenitalia, Italo, KLM and Airfrance to offer the delegates of Various Voices 2023 special rates on tickets to and from Bologna for the period of the Festival.

To access the discounted rates, simply click on the following links:



Travel by FRECCE TRENITALIA or by IC trains and take advantage of special rates in 1st Business, 2nd Standard and Premium class. The promotion does not include regional trains.

Travel with ITALO and take advantage of special rates in 1st Class (the discount is applied to the Flex rate). The economy Low Cost promotional rates are excluded.

Check the offers to travel by train



Attractive discounts, up to -15%, on a wide range of public fares on all AIR FRANCE, KLM and their code-shared flights worldwide.

ID Code: 38887AF
Travel Valid Period: 07/06/2023 to 25/06/2023
Event location: BOLOGNA

Check the flight offers



When in Bologna, you can explore and move in the city by:

  • buses – Bus tickets can be purchased on buses by paying in cash or with a credit card in the special issuing machines. Single tickets or city pass (ticket with 10 rides) can be also purchased in tobacconists, newsstands and TPER points. It is possible to download the MUVER app to get information on public transports in the city and buy tickets: download the app here.
  • bike-sharing – To cycle around the city, you can download the Ridemovi app
  • car-sharing – To drive around the city, you can download either Corrente or Enjoy app.
  • taxi – Use the TaxiClick app, or check either or CoTaBo website or RadioTaxiCAT (+39 051 4590, also transport of non-folding wheelchairs for disabled).
  • cars with driver – refer to CosePuri

Buses info:

The lines that goes from the city center to dumbo are

35 – it’s the closest to DUMBO – it runs till midnight
13 and 19 – they both stop on Via Saffi, 600 mt far from DUMBO – they run till one o’clock.
29, 18 and C – they all go in that area, with some stops 500 mt far from DUMBO – they also run till midnight

After midnight there are the night buses: N6 stops in front of DUMBO – it runs from 1am every 30 minutes and it ends in Piazza dei Martiri, close to via Marconi.
Please, be aware that timetables change on saturday and sunday because of T-days (traffic limited area in city center).  We suggest you to check with Google Maps navigator for the best routes depending on where you are, or better to download the MUVER app (only for Android phones).

Below here is a map of all the locations of the festival. You can also check and save it on your bookmarks from here.



The Festival Opening Ceremony (14th June @DumBO), the Closing Ceremony (17th June @DumBO) and the Grand Gala in Piazza Maggiore (16th June) will be translated into LIS (Italian Sign Language).

Here is possible to find some useful information for delegates with disabilities who have just arrived in Bologna: how to move by bus and by train, where to eat, where to sleep, how to use public transportation.

It will be also possible to have suggestions on the accessible itineraries in the city regarded to BoforAll project, made by the Urban Innovation Foundation, download the audio guides and get inspired by the urban and green routes of Angolazioni Rotonde.


Accessible Transportation

From 14th to 17th June the Festival we established a free “bicycle taxi service” for the delegates who need it! It works as a shuttle: it leaves in front of Arena del Sole every exact hour from 15:00 to 18:00 and reaches to the other theaters (Teatro Manzoni, Oratorio San Filippo Neri and Teatro Duse). The bike shuttle leaves from teatro Duse at .30 of each hour and go back to Arena del Sole. Please note that last ride leaves Arena del Sole at 19:00 and goes straight to DumBO and the Various Voices Village. You will easily see them!

The bycicle taxi is primarly reserved for delegates with disabilities or mobility impairments in order to facilitate them in reaching the locations, but anyone can jump in if seats are available.

The service is provided by Slow Emotion, a company that supports the Festival with its services. If you want to book a bike taxi text or call: +39 351 711 1114

If you need a taxi able to transport wheelchairs (including non-foldable ones) you can contact one of the two taxi company in Bologna. See Transportation for details.

A city of food

Bologna is worldwide famous for its food and wine culture.

Tortellini, lasagna, tagliatelle are just some of the first courses appreciated everywhere. To find out where to taste Bolognese cuisine click here:

Join the fight against food waste and download the app Too Good To Go that allow users to buy unsold items at the end of the day at the stores participating in the initiative:


Bologna is a city with one of the largest historic centers in Italy and offers many interesting places to visit. It has a large green area in the south of the city (the hills of Bologna) where you can have outdoor experiences. But it is also a city famous for its openness to minority rights and the LGBTQ+ world. If you are interested in guided tours of the city click on the following links:

LGTQIA+ City Tours

LGTQIA+ Historical

Theatrical walk of the city

Organized by IAM Intersectionalities and More with the collaboration of Fucsia Teatro.

JUNE 15 from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm
Accessible for people with disabilities.

Register at or +39 339.3389448

Bologna LGBTQI+ Tour


Come and see the most important places where the local LGBTQI+ community has made and still makes HISTORY! You will visit the places of the historical Ngos and the locations dedicated to the important figures of the LGBTQI+ Community for the last 30 years.


When: June 16th at 17.00 and June 17th at 15.00 and at 17.30
Departure point in front of ExtraBO (Piazza del Nettuno, 1/ab, 40124 Bologna)


It’s a bike tour, you can rent yours at Slow Emotion (+39 351 7111114) or Travelhoo (+338 1379147, Via Caduti di Cefalonia, 4, 40125 Bologna BO)


Register at or +39 351 711 1114
It costs 15€ (without the bike rental)