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Bologna

This northern Italian city combines rich local cuisine, iconic luxury cars, and stunning towers and porticoes.

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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.

From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

2. 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.  

Bologna: Red Bus City Tour and Local Food Tasting

3. Bologna: Red Bus City Tour and Local Food Tasting

Discover Bologna in comfort via an open top bus, enabling you to admire and photograph all the major attractions of the city.  Upon arriving at the meeting point, staff will welcome you onboard. Choose from an audioguide available in 10 different languages to learn more about the specific landmarks as well as the general history of the city. You will then journey across the city, capturing views of some of the most famous points of interest. Hop on and off at your leisure at some popular spots such as: • Basilica San Petronio • Palazzo dei Notai • Palazzo Comunale • Palazzo di Re Enzo • Palazzo del Podestà, • Tower of Asinelli and Garisenda • Museo Civico Archeologico • Archiginnasio • Palazzo Bevilacqua • Porta Saragozza • Palazzo Bentivoglio • Fontana del Nettuno • Teatro Comunale. After the tour, enjoy a food tour in a historical market in Bologna, where you will try local delicacies.

Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli & Food Tasting

4. 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.

Bologna: FICO Eataly World & Luna Farm Admission Ticket

5. Bologna: FICO Eataly World & Luna Farm Admission Ticket

Visit FICO, the new Italian Food Theme and Amusement park in Bologna. FICO is the "park to taste" and combines the passion for Italian food with fun. Visit 7 themed areas, see farm animals and enjoy the Peasant Theme Park at Luna Farm. Explore 7 themed areas dedicated to the great Italian culinary excellence (Area of Salami, Cheese, Pasta, Game, Wine, Oil, Sweets) divided by new and spectacular scenery, enriched with games, rides, and food-themed attractions. Get access to the Luna Farm, the farm-themed amusement park, and have fun on the 12 attractions without limits. Find a new entrance with friendly farm animals.

Bologna: Hands on Home Cooking Class

6. 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.  

Bologna: Guided Traditional Food Tour

7. Bologna: Guided Traditional Food Tour

In Italian tradition, Bologna is called “the wise” (for containing the second oldest university in Europe), “the red” (for the red roofs of its houses), and “the rich” (for its food offerings and flavor). Italian gastronomy points at the Emilia-Romagna region as a reference, due to its historical ties with food, and Bologna is in fact quite a hot spot for Italian culinary excellence. This Bologna traditional food tour is a unique opportunity to visit the city center from an unusual perspective. You will be able to learn all of the secrets of Italian traditional food culture, specifically items from the Bologna region. Your foodie guide will navigate you through the history behind dishes and preparation, and will even disclose to you some of their favorite recipes. Within your food tour, you will have the opportunity to try dishes such as cured meats with cheese and hand-baked bread, various styles of bolognese, "brazadela" (an Italian desert), and an espresso with whipped cream. This tour is sure to leave you with a profound knowledge for Italian cuisine, and will definitely have you hungry for more!

Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

8. Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

Over the course of five days, visit the most enchanting locations of Italy, soaking up art, culture, cuisine and the famous Italian romance. Led by a friendly guide, depart from Rome and visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. See masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Giotto, and Cimabue. Roam ancient cobbled streets, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, and taste delightful wines. This tour aims to inform and entertain you at the same time. Staying in comfy accommodation and traveling by deluxe bus, touring Italy couldn’t be easier. With 4 meals provided for you, plus an excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides, sit back, relax and "get Italian". Day 1 Depart from Rome at 7:15 AM heading towards Assisi. Explore this tiny town dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see works by Giotto and Cimabue. Afterwards drive towards Siena, whose highlight is Piazza del Campo. Continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner (included) and a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Florence After breakfast, spend the day exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo, the Campanile Tower, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch (for free) in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. In the afternoon, wander the cobbled streets or take a short, optional trip to Pisa where you could enjoy a tour of the Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Dinner is at your leisure. Back in Florence rest in your hotel and recharge your batteries for the next day. Day 3 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through the city’s 38 kilometers' worth of elegant arcades, for which it is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, famous for its quaint gondola boats and intricate architecture. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner (included) and overnight stay. Day 4: Venice Hit the water and board a private waterbus to enjoy a cruise through the canals of Venice. Stop off at Murano to learn about the ancient art of glass blowing. Continue on to St. Mark’s Square for an exterior visit of the splendid cathedral. See the Doge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel for an overnight stay. Day 5 After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Noble” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

Bologna: Self-Guided Food Tasting Tour with Vouchers

9. 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.

From Bologna or Modena: Ferrari Full-Day Tour

10. From Bologna or Modena: Ferrari Full-Day Tour

Spend a full day discovering the world of Ferrari. The tour includes visits to several museums and lunch at a farm. Begin the tour with a pickup at your hotel. Then, depart for Maranello, where you will go to visit the Ferrari Museum. Afterwards, have a guided tour by bus from the factory and the Fiorano track before enjoying lunch at a Farmhouse near Maranello. Visit the Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena and then return back.

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Nos gustó mucho la excursión, la guía era muy profesional. El tiempo libre nos permitió pasear por la ciudad a nuestro aire y nos comimos un helado junto al río en un sitio que nos recomendó la guía de Amigo. Disfrutamos mucho del día

Esta excursión es el complemento perfecto en nuestro viaje a Venecia. El guía nos explicó la historia de Verona y pudimos pasear y conocerla. El viaje en tren fue muy cómodo y disfrutamos de las vistas. Lo recomendamos!

This was amazing!! Different way to learn about this city! We walked to so many streets and learnt things that we wouldnt have the chance otherwise. We were impressed from the quality of the application! Good job guys!

The tour by train to San Lucas was comfortable, punctual, safe , with plenty and useful information in English, and Ilaria , the tour guide, was polite and helpful. Well done!

Very enjoyable walking tour of the centre of Bologna. It lasts about two hours with the first hour focussed mainly on the main square.. very easy pace and not too far a walk.