1. Italy
  2. Emilia-Romagna
  3. Bologna

Bologna: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

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Take a 3-hour tour of Bologna for a combination of flavorful ingredients, local produce, old-world knowledge and a centuries-old passion for food in the country's culinary capital.
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Duration: 3 hours
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  • Visit one of the most beautiful squares in town, Piazza S. Stefano
  • Head to a bottega to select some local cheeses and a charcuterie samples
  • Stop in Bologna's oldest tavern to enjoy a repast with a glass of the best local wine
  • Stroll through Bologna's main square to end your tour with an artisanal gelato
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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.

First, make your way to a small trattoria to sample traditional Ragù alla Bolognese (Bolognese sauce). Sample and learn why a five-year-old Parmigiano Reggiano is so special, and sip 12 to 24-year-old balsamic vinegars from Modena. Enjoy a carefully selected charcuterie sampler from Emilia-Romagna and see how homemade, fresh pasta is created by Bologna's very own sfogline (pasta-makers).

As you end your savory stroll through the city, enjoy the best artisanal gelato in town. Your entire Italian-gastro experience is infused in the heart of this medieval town at some of the best secret spots where locals eat, off the tourist paths.
  • 3-hour guided food tour
  • 6 stops
  • Experienced English-speaking local guide
  • Croissants
  • Parmigiano and squacquerone cheese
  • 2 traditional types of homemade pasta
  • At least 3 traditional cold cuts
  • Bread
  • Modena Balsamic Vinegar
  • Artisanal gelato
  • 1 secret dish
  • Coffee or cappuccino
  • A selection of local wines (red and white)
  • Water
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation
  • Pick-up and drop off services

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Meeting point

2 Towers, in front of the San Petronio statue. Full address: Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna 40126

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Please specify any dietary restrictions during booking
• children under the age of 2 years are welcome to join the tour without a ticket, but their presence must be notified upon booking of the tour at bologna@essor.co.uk
• You are strongly advised against bringing strollers/pushchairs on the tour
• Most of the shops and restaurants included in the tour are small local businesses; they will be at their full capacity by the time you reach them and will not be able to accommodate strollers/pushchairs. If you have any doubt or concern regarding this matter, please contact the tour operator promptly. They will be happy to find a solution that will allow you to fully enjoy our tour
• Pork meat is at the core of Bologna’s traditional food. Please let the tour operator know if you have any dietary needs

From US$ 93.26 per person

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Product ID: 173310