Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli & Food Tasting
- Duration: 1 hour
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Such a great experience for your first day in the city! A really useful map is handed over with all landmarks pointed out and all food for the day included with vouchers. We had wine, gelato, 2 course lunch and even local appetisers to taste all at different places around the city. You first meet a tour rep to receive your map and vouchers, where we sat with Sonia for over an hour having coffee. She told us all her favourite places and even shared a great recipe for Carbonara! Highly recommend.
“Tasting” is just a fried bologna sandwich and a scoop of ice cream. It wasn’t bad, but I was expecting more from a “tasting.” Also, it was not clear that I was purchasing a tasting. I just wanted tickets to the tower. Instructions were not clear as to where to meet. Fortunately, I had no problems. I enjoyed the towers, but the tour could have been executed better.
Our guide, Margarita, wowed us with her knowledge and attention to detail. Her grasp of history and art astonished us, and she gave us the exact right amount and type of information to hold our interest. She's charming and she made us feel special. And when we asked, she gently steered us to a fantastic restaurant, thus making our first night in Bologna a perfect one.
The venues were fantastic as you would expect. The guide's role is basically to transport you from one venue to the next and to provide some highlights along the way. The factory tours are headed up by employees of the manufacturers. The van used for transportation was a bit old and not the most comfortable.
I am so lucky to get to this place with a Train tour. Very well organized, the amazing road to Basilica, and the biggest bonus is the view from the top hill from the San Luca! Must see! Very appreciated to the Tour Organization! Thanks a million! :)