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Bologna: Red Bus City Tour and Local Food Tasting

1. 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: Guided Walking Tour

2. Bologna: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historic sights of Bologna, starting on Piazza Maggiore where landmarks include the Fountain of Neptune and the Palazzo del Podestà. Learn why the city is known as "La Dotta" ("The Learned"), "La Grassa" ("The Fat") and "La Rossa" ("The Red"). See the medieval Torre Galluzzi and look inside the unique anatomical theater at the Archiginnasio. Stroll along Via Farini and walk to the magnificent porticoes of Piazza Santo Stefano. Discover the covered passageway of the Court Isolani on the way to Via Strada Maggiore. Chat to the locals in the Mercato di Mezzo about why food is so important in Bologna.

Bologna: Private Walking Tour with a Guide

3. Bologna: Private Walking Tour with a Guide

Explore all the major highlights of the picturesque city of Bologna on a walking tour. See the stunning architecture and vibrant atmosphere of the city with an expert guide. Discover the central square of Bologna, the Piazza Maggiore with many medieval buildings surrounding it. Visit the iconic Basilica of San Petronio, Palazzo d'Accursio and the Palazzo del Podestà. Take a stroll through the lively streets and see remains from the past periods in Bologna. Admire the beauty of the Fountain of Neptune with the precious late Renaissance sculptures by Giambologna. Continue to the university district and see the main buildings like the Aechiginnasio Library and the Palazzo Poggi. Next, stroll through the picturesque alleys of the Mercato di Mezzo, the old market, and its fabulous food shops. Explore the narrow streets admire the tiny windows typical of the houses in this part of the city. Pop into the Quadrilatero, a bustling area of the town, and explore the unique ancient shops of the city. Your guide will tell you about the town's unique way of life. Take advantage of this tour to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the whole of Italy. Enjoy the richness of culture and history of the picturesque town on a walking tour. 

Bologna: Guided Architecture Walking Tour

4. Bologna: Guided Architecture Walking Tour

Start the tour at Archiginnasio Palace, which serves as the main office building for the oldest university in the world – the University of Bologna. After, walk to Piazza Maggiore, where the Basilica of San Petronio is located, known for its imposing facade. Continue to Piazza del Nettuno, which is surrounded by three important administrative buildings: Palazzo d'Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà, and Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo. Afterward, continue to the base of Bologna's iconic towers, the Asinelli Tower and the Garisenda Tower. Learn about the history and features of these imposing structures. Next, continue to the wooden arch of Corte Isolani and see the Oratory of Santa Cecilia. Admire the exterior of the church of San Giacomo Maggiore, before concluding the tour in the area of Quadrilatero, which is home to many markets and shops.

Bologna: Kid-friendly Guided Tour of the City Highlights

5. Bologna: Kid-friendly Guided Tour of the City Highlights

On this tour of Bologna designed for familes, you will discover the top attractions of the city as well as less-known sites. Wander along medieval-era canals, see the two leaning towers and learn about the origins of the spectacular buildings in Piazza Maggiore, such as the Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo di Re Enzo and Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo. Step into the history of this small and ancient city with your family and enjoy a walk under the Portici, a typical feature of city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through via di Santo Stefano. Your guide will entertain your kids with quizzes and games and keep them involved with fun facts and legends along the way. Stop in the some many fascinating squares of the city, including Piazza Santo Stefano, and discover the “hidden canals” of Bologna looking from a small window, the “finestrella”, in via Tiella. All the family, including the younger participants, will be involved in the tour, thanks to the interesting descriptions, the entertaining commentaries and activities that your guide will plan This tour will be an amazing experience and a memorable experience to live with the whole family!

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What people are saying about Palazzo del Podestà

We loved this tour. We had never been to Bologna and was only here for one night. This was the perfect way to learn about the cities history. The guide was awesome and really knew a lot. You could tell she'd been doing it a while but her passion was still there for it. I would highly recommend.

Ms. Manuela Roversi was able to convey her knowledge about the city to us wonderfully. The 3 hour walking tour of Bologna paid off!

It was a wonderful walking tour of Bologna with Manuela who told us so much about the history of the place!

Terrific! My guide was incredibly knowledgeable. I learned a ton about Bologna and its history.

Guide was very knowledgeable. Liked the private tour.