Bologna
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Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

1. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

Your tour starts from Piazza del Nettuno. You'll discover the Piazza Maggiore and the Basilica of San Petronio and the Meridian. Next visit the oldest library in the world and Piazza Santo Stefano, where you'll see the wonderful Basilica that overlooks the square. Then visit the Towers of Bologna, the Asinelli and the Garisenda, before you explore the historical market Quadrilatero to admire the historical shops and take in the scents of local food. Finally, visit Palazzo Re Enzo which overlooks the square and is the palace seat of the municipality.

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Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli & Food Tasting

2. Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli & Food Tasting

Take in the incredible views from the tallest leaning medieval tower in the world, built between 1109 and 1119. The panoramic view from the Torre degli Asinelli will take your breath away.  After the tower visit, enjoy a food tasting of Bologna's typical products in the city center.

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From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

3. From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Situated on the Monte Guardia, the Sanctuary connects to the city center through the longest continuous portico in the world, made up of 666 arcades. At the meeting point, you'll receive a map and a timetable of the return train, which is available every 45 minutes. You’ll also receive a voucher for the food tasting. This tour departs every day and will help you discover the city from aboard the San Luca Express train, where the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you about the city until your arrival at the Basilica of San Luca. Here, you can visit the Basilica at your own pace and decide what time to return by consulting the schedules on the map. On board, you will find a staff person, who will welcome you and respond to your information. When you return, you will get to taste of typical products in one of the historical markets.  

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Bologna: Hands on Home Cooking Class

4. Bologna: Hands on Home Cooking Class

You will be hosted in a tiny, cozy apartment in Bologna. The kitchen is small but this tiny environment will make your class even more authentic. Learn to cook like a Bolognese in a typical Bologna home. Get hands-on help preparing your own lunch or dinner from a friendly chef during this activity. This experience consists of preparing some specialties of Bologna culinary tradition. Begin by preparing the dough for your pasta. Learn how to make tagliatelle and tortelloni then fill them with ricotta cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, garlic, parsley, nutmeg, white pepper, and salt. Then make some delicious ragu for your pasta. After, enjoy your pasta with some delicious wine and a local dessert.  

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Bologna: Self-Guided Food Tasting Tour with Vouchers

5. Bologna: Self-Guided Food Tasting Tour with Vouchers

Discover the secrets of the city’s cuisine with a food tasting tour of Bologna. With a map and a set of vouchers for local food samples, taste your way through the city at your own pace. Enjoy a self-guided food tour, wander the narrow streets of the old town, take breaks for photos, and explore the points of interest suggested by the map. Collect tastings of local and traditional food along the way. Try handmade chocolates, delicious ice cream, and the famous Tigellone with typical ragù sauce, while adults will also receive a glass of wine, a coffee, and a parmesan sample. Each voucher says what it includes and where to use it, and you can scan the QR code to follow the path on google maps.

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Bologna Market Tour, Home Cooking Demo and Dinner

6. Bologna Market Tour, Home Cooking Demo and Dinner

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Come back to your Cesarina’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your host will share the secret of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. 

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Bologna with a Local: Customized Private Meet-Up

7. Bologna with a Local: Customized Private Meet-Up

Experience the best of Bologna on a private tour that can be customized to your interests and preferences, including the booking of tickets or attractions according to your requests. Simply make your booking and your hosts will contact you within 24 hours to ask questions about your interests and what you would like to see and do. They will match you with the right profile, assign a like-minded local to become your guide and put together a bespoke itinerary. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Benefit from a tour tailored just for you. The itinerary will be outlined but flexible. Meet at a place convenient for you, and feel free to change direction during the day, or follow suggestion from your guide if they think you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, with your permission. Get off the beaten track and see things not normally covered in guidebooks or on the internet but loved by the locals. The entire tour will revolve around your wishes so that you can discover a side to Bologna that you will truly adore!

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Bologna: Market and Cooking Class

8. Bologna: Market and Cooking Class

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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Bologna: Wine Tasting Tour in One of the Oldest Inns

9. Bologna: Wine Tasting Tour in One of the Oldest Inns

Enjoy a unique wine tasting experience in one of the oldest locanda (inns) in Bologna. Hear about the local grape varieties with an expert guide, and taste 3 delicious DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) wines. During your 2-hour tour, discover the quality of wines produced in Bologna's 3 main wine-growing areas: the Bologna Hills, the area of the Rhine plain, and the Imola Hills. Learn about the local wines, such as the white grape Pignoletto and Trebbiano, and the Sangiovese and Barbera red grape varieties. Over the years, foreign vines like chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and pinot have also been introduced to the region. Finish your tour with a tasting of 3 wines, accompanied by typical foods like Bologna's famous mortadella (sausage-like lunch meat), bread, and cheese.

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From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

10. From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

Experience the best of Modena on this day tour which showcases 3 of the region's best products. Start your tour with a visit to the home of the great maestro Luciano Pavarotti. Enjoy a tour of his house, which has now been converted into a museum. Visit the rooms where he lived and discover more about his life and times. Next, head to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. Live the Prancing Horse dream firsthand as you wander around the various exhibitions dedicated to the iconic racing car. Get travel back in time as you explore the racecar's exhilarating history. Finally, discover the history and ancient tradition of the famous "black gold" of Modena with a guided tour of a balsamic vinegar factory. After your tour, enjoy some tastings paired with delicious local delicacies. On the way back to Bologna, stop for lunch at a countryside farmhouse.

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What people are saying about Bologna

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 450 reviews

Great way to begin our time in Bologna. Although we could have walked to the Basilica, the narration along the drive was terrific. The hike is also quite steep in parts. The vouchers for food were perfect and could be used any day. Definitely recommend!

Very interesting tour, knowledgeable guide who gave us a great introduction to Bologna’s history. It was great value for money. Our guide Sara was lovely and pleasant.

I had a fantastic tour yesterday. The guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. I would highly recommend this tour of Bologna.

The guide is very well prepared to give us the explains, to make with us an amazing visit in a lot of beautiful places.

Beautiful and rewarding tour. Staff available and prepared. Well done!!! Until next time ... ‍♂️