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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

Take a classic walking tour through the streets of the Bologna city center. With this guided tour, discover the history of Bologna and its major cultural attractions. Make stops at the Asinelli tower, Neptune fountain, and the Basilica of San Petronio. Meet your guide and walk through the city streets admiring the architecture and discovering the most-famous cultural attraction. See the towers of Bologna and marvel at their height and significance. Then, stroll through the Quadrilatero Market, and learn important historical facts. Make a wish at the Neptune fountain and see if it comes true. Then, gaze at the Basilica of San Petronio, as your guide shares its story and welcomes you into the city of Bologna.

From Bologna: Roundtrip San Luca Train Ticket & Food Tasting

2. From Bologna: Roundtrip San Luca Train Ticket & 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 member of staff who'll welcome you and provide any information you may require. When you return, you will get to taste typical products in one of the historical markets.

Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli Entrance Ticket & Food Tasting

3. Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli Entrance Ticket & 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: Red Bus City Tour and Local Food Tasting

4. 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: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

5. Bologna: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Get to know Bologna at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour that is played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. Enjoy an ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children which can be used as a great team-building activity. Solve puzzles outside of ten Bologna attractions. Use clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Enjoy the challenge of using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to complete the game. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Have the freedom to pause or resume the tour whenever you want. Admire the city at your own pace. Uncover interesting information and facts about the city. Snap as many pictures as you want.  You can start playing anytime, the schedule is indicative. Start your tour at Towers of Bologna. Visit the Biblioteca Salaborsa with its unique archives. Photograph the municipal complex of Palazzo d'Accursio and the chapel and admire the Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita with its original Gothic style and lifelike sculptures. Then head to the Salina Palace and Osteria Le Sette Chiese for some unbeatable photo opportunities. Admire the beautiful Piazza Minghetti and the interior of Basilica di San Domenico. The small but miraculous Oratorio dello Spirito Santo is well worth your time, and the icing on the cake is the Church of the Holy Savior.

Bologna: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

6. Bologna: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

Head to the Quadrilatero area, the vibrant heart of Bologna, to start your 3-hour food tour. Step off the beaten paths, discover unexpected sights and hear amazing stories about the origins and traditions of the city. We'll start with a traditional welcoming sweet. Then, we'll visit one of the oldest Salumeria of the city to sample a selection of local charcuterie. You'll enjoy Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and many more regional cold cuts. Next we'll visit a pasta shop for a demonstration and taste of fresh, handmade pasta made just for us. At the Quadrilatero, we'll sip different types of 8,12,25 year old balsamic vinegar from Modena. We'll stop in Bologna's oldest tavern for a glass of the best local wine. You'll end on a sweet note, with a traditional artisanal gelato. As with all our tours, there's our delicious Secret Dish.

Guided tour of the exhibition "Mimmo Paladino in the Pope’s

7. Guided tour of the exhibition "Mimmo Paladino in the Pope’s

Yet another great artist is invited to exhibit in the splendid sixteenth-century spaces of Palazzo Boncompagni in Bologna: after the exhibitions of Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marino Marini and Aldo Mondino, the Palazzo Boncompagni Foundation is now organizing an exhibition of works by Mimmo Paladino, an internationally renowned artist. Mimmo Paladino will thus return to exhibit after years in Bologna, a city that he has always loved in a particular way and with which he has had close ties, from the fraternal friendship with Luico Dalla to the Honorary Degree awarded to him in 2020 by the Alma Mater University. Paladino, an all-round artist, has successfully challenged himself with multiple creative languages, from painting and sculpture to writing, theatrical scenography and cinematographic direction, bringing his particular poetics to every area. The exhibition, curated by Silvia Evangelisti, will present around twenty important works, paintings and large sculptures, particularly significant in the artist's poetics, documenting his research over the last twenty years. At the center of the Papal Audience Hall will be a monumental installation of thirteen black horses ; two tall and hieratic figure of a Warrior in bronze will welcome visitors at the entrance to the covered Loggia, which will also host the evocative installation of the seven character-ideograms of Respiro from 1995, and a large bronze helmet from 1998 furrowed in relief by arcane signs – numbers, labyrinths, letters of an unknown language. In the internal rooms there are paintings, including a new series of 6 black Madonnas set up in a single suggestive room.

Bologna: Marconi Airport Bus Transfer to/from Florence City

8. Bologna: Marconi Airport Bus Transfer to/from Florence City

Avoid the hassle of public transport before or after your airplane journey. Sit back and relax aboard an air-conditioned Appennino Shuttle with extra legroom as you are taken to the airport or Piazzale Montelungo in Florence city center. Benefit from helpful staff who will assist you. Choose a 1-way shuttle service to or from the airport. Be greeted by staff who will wait for you to board the bus. Hop on board and have your luggage safely stowed away. Relax on a modern air-conditioned bus and enjoy the view of the Tuscany region. Arrive at Bologna airport or Florence city center.

Bologna: City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour

9. Bologna: City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour

Discover Bologna beyond its architecture and renowned food with a walking tour of the city, focusing on the city's lesser-known wine scene. Taste different varieties, learn from a certified local sommelier and explore the hidden spots of the city. Embark on a tour of some of the best wineries in the city center, guided by a real local wine expert. Learn about the Colli Bolognesi wine region as you explore. Move from an enoteca to an osteria, where you'll have the chance to taste real wines from the Colli Bolognesi area and the Emilia Romagna wine region. All the wines will be explained and all of your curiosity satisfied. Depending on the length of tour selected, enjoy 2 to 5 different wines produces in the region. If you choose the 3-hour or the 2,5-hour tour, you will also enjoy a traditional snack in the oldest tavern in town. A complete food and wine pairing is offered in the private option: Secret enoteca experience.

Bologna: Guided Traditional Food Tour

10. Bologna: Guided Traditional Food Tour

Learn all of the secrets of traditional Italian food culture and items from the Bologna region on this guided food tour. Your food local expert will navigate you through the life in Bologna behind the dishes and their preparation. Experience Bologna from an unusual perspective. Learn why Bologna is known as the wise for containing the second oldest university in Europe, the red because of the red roofs of its houses, and the rich for its food offerings and flavor. Discover the secrets behind Italian gastronomy in the Emilia-Romagna region as a reference due to its historical ties with food and Bologna as a hotspot for Italian culinary excellence. The following are a few dishes that you may try during the tour: - Fresh pasta like Ragù alla Bolognese Tagliatelle topped with local Parmesan Cheese. One, if not, the, quintessential first dish in Bologna. More versatile than the famous Lasagna, this dish will welcome you into Bologna while still leaving some space in your stomach for the following stops. In alternative you may be served Tortellini, served in broth, as the tradition commands, which is equally as typical. - Tigelle - hands down the most requested and loved food in Emilia-Romagna region and in Bologna it is topped with delicious local ingredients. Or try out the true Bolognese Mortadella in a cone or on a platter! The quintessential Bologna salami. - Cotoletta alla Bolognese: A veal meat served with a rich sauce made with cream and parmesan cheese and topped with smoked ham. The traditional recipe requires that the meat is fried, then served in meat broth. Finally, it is briefly baked in the oven and served covered in melted cheese and ham. - The best artisanal Italian ice cream in Bologna with delicious flavours or alternatively Torta degli Addobbi: a rice cake with very ancient origins; it was prepared in Bologna, already around 1400, on the occasion of Corpus Domini, the end of May; a time when balconies and windows were festively decorated with coloured drapes and this cake cut into diamond shapes was offered to relatives and friends! - Espresso or a Macchiato (very different from the American Macchiato) is the inevitable conclusion of every Italian proper meal. Espresso will be offered in a local coffee shop.

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Hello. Appart from the rain it was a very pleasant experience. Marta, our tour guide, was excellent, she gave us very good information. As for the transportation we had a comfy bus, good driver (Nicholas). I highly recommend this tour. A lot of time to explore, decent lunch, decent wine.

It was amazing! Sonia could tell us a lot about Bologna and its history. We learned a lot and tasted and drank a lot of delicious things. It was also very nice together with Sonia. Highly recommended!!!

The tour was amazing and tour guide Elena was wonderful! Very knowledgeable, personable and attentive to the group. Great info, tips and information. Definitely highly recommended

It was a great tour! Our guide was so informative & very friendly! Helped with recommendations of where to go, what to see and where to eat too which helped the next few days!

Our guide was very knowledgable and friendly with lots of background information. Highly recommended!