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Piazza del Nettuno: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Bologna: Self-Guided Historical Audio Tour

2. Bologna: Self-Guided Historical Audio Tour

Explore the reasons behind the many names of Bologna. Admire the red roofs of the city that are the reason for it being called "the red city." Feast on the delectable cuisine that gives Bologna the name "the fat city." Marvel at the forest of over 100 towers that once dotted the landscape of the city, also known as "the towered." Walk the ground of the world's oldest university, the reason that Bologna is sometimes referred to as "the cultured". Learn about each facet of the city on this walking tour, as well as its history and stories, like how the rebellious Bolognese stopped the city from becoming the Vatican. Discover how the Fountain of Neptune's sculptor got away with making Neptune seem particularly well-endowed despite prohibition from the church while at the Piazza del Nettuno. Gaze up at the Whispering Gallery under the Torre dell Arengo while being told about how star-crossed lovers were able to murmur sweet nothings to each other without their other romantic partners knowing. Hear about the legends of Le Tre Frecce and catch a glimpse of how Bologna once resembled Venice with its network of canals and rivers while passing Canale delle Moline. Then, walk down Via Indipendenza and see what it would have been like in the post-Risorgimento period. Have the opportunity to see San Petronio, the largest and most important church of the city before strolling down Via Rizzoli, named after a 19th-century physician. Hear about Giuseppe Garibaldi, the hero of two countries. Pass by Il Pincio, the entrance to Parco della Montagnola, a French style garden commissioned by Napoleon. Take in Garisenda and Asinelli, Bologna’s Two Towers. Stand beside Porta Galliera, where a retreating Austrian army left the city following a rebellion by the Bolognese in 1848. Learn about the city’s history from the Etruscans and the Lombards, including the chaotic factional fighting between the Guelphs and Ghibellines. Discover the Quadrilatero neighbourhood with its cafes and restaurants, and find out about the seven churches of Santo Stefano. Finally, explore the culinary wonders of the city responsible for iconic dishes like lasagna, ragu, and tagliatelle. These recipes were born and fiercely guarded in the chamber of commerce. Then see the cafés, restaurants and shops where you can allow your tummy and taste buds to be tempted by these culinary marvels.

Bologna: Taste Local Specialties on a Guided Walking Tour

3. Bologna: Taste Local Specialties on a Guided Walking Tour

Experience the vibrant historic center of Bologna on this walking tour. Admire sights like the Basilica of San Petronio and the Loggia of Merchants. Stop to try specialties at three establishments and enjoy a glass of delectable local wine. Start your tour in Piazza del Nettuno, where your guide will share insights into Bolognese culture with you. See an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture at the Basilica of San Petronio. Admire the two towers that are the symbol of Bologna. View the Loggia of Merchants, where commercial and trading activities have been overseen in Bologna for hundreds of years. Walk to the vibrant Quadrilatero Market. Wander through the sights and smells in this market that has been around since the middle ages.

Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

4. 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 until 23/03/2024 ) 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. Enjoy a spritz or Prosecco (until 23/03/2024. From 25/03/2024 a light lunch will be included) with your guide to cap off a day of discovery. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. 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: Inside city tour, San Luca Express, & Tastings

5. Bologna: Inside city tour, San Luca Express, & Tastings

Visit the city of Bologna and San Luca with this tour that in one day will let you discover the city comfortably without walking too much. You will meet in Piazza del Nettuno with our welcome staff who will explain all the details and will accompany you to the start of the new Inside city tour aboard the electric minibus where you will be able to see the most hidden sides of the center by listening to the audio guides. Afterwards you will be able to enjoy tastings of typical local products and then board the San Luca express train which will let you discover the famous arcades of San Luca on the way that takes you to visit the famous basilica while listening to the audio guides.

Bologna: Private Food Walking Tour with Tastings

6. Bologna: Private Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Eat your way through Bologna 's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour will leave every foodie satisfied! Enjoy tastings typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food like Tortellini fritti and Formaggio Bianco Bologna. But that's not it! This tour is more than just food; it's a cultural experience! In between food stops, you'll also find city highlights making this experience a well-rounded tour that will satisfy every foodie. Withlocals The 10 Tastings Private Food Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.

Fusion between treasure hunt and escape room in Bologna

7. Fusion between treasure hunt and escape room in Bologna

Welcome to the game "Lupine - Return to the origins"! You will be catapulted into the universe of the famous gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, on a mission to discover his origins and his mysterious past. Starting from Piazza del Nettuno, you will embark on a treasure hunt through the streets of Bologna, solving riddles and deciphering codes to discover the truth about Lupine's life. But be careful: you will not be alone in your mission. The Ganimard criminal organization will hunt you, trying to hinder you and stop at any cost. You will have to be skilled and cunning to overcome the challenges that will present themselves, avoiding falling into their mortal traps. Will you be able to reveal Lupine's secrets and escape your enemies? Only the bravest and intelligent will have the opportunity to win the game and discover the truth about one of the greatest thieves in history. Intrigi, mysteries and adventures await you in "Lupine - Return to the origins". Are you ready to test your skills and enter the world of Arsène Lupine? Book your participation in the treasure hunt "Lupine - Return to the origins" now!

Bologna: Guided Architecture Walking Tour

8. 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: Guided Walking Tour of the City Highlights

9. Bologna: Guided Walking Tour of the City Highlights

Discover Bologna, its history, its art and its beauty on this 3-hours private tour. Follow our expert guide under the renowned Porticos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, through the narrow alleyways of the Jewish Ghetto and get to the heart of the historic center to discover the Medieval Market. You will visit Piazza Maggiore, where you will find the administrative buildings, such as Palazzo del Potestà, Palazzo di Re Enzo and Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, and Piazza del Nettuno, where you will see the beautiful fountain dedicated to the Greek God. Our guide will share interesting anecdotes, commentaries and descriptions while showing you some of the most known monuments of the city, including the iconic Asinelli and Garisenda Towers, and the courtyard of the Archiginnasio, once one of the most important buildings of the famous Univesità di Bologna. You will also have the opportunity to see, from a small window in via Piella, one of the “lost canals” of the city, which was used to bring water to the city center from the two rivers back in the Middle Age. This will be an unforgettable experience that will allow you to discover the magic and the beauty of this fascinating city.

Bologna Private Food Tour

10. Bologna Private Food Tour

Discover the gastronomy of Bologna with a private guide who will accompany you through the streets of the city centre. You will explore and taste its typical products while the guide will tell you anecdotes about Bologna's cuisine. A walk through Bologna's lively markets, that still exist from the Middle Ages and discover all the specialities of Bologna and the Food Valley of which it is the capital. The tour will allow you to visit the historic places where Bolognese delicacies are born, passing by the Quadrilatero market, where the city's most historic shops are located. Explore some of the city's picturesque squares and splendid buildings and discover the typical aromas and flavours of Bologna's culinary tradition. Stroll through the centre of Bologna with your local guide, admire the city's most characteristic monuments and discover their history. In the warm and dynamic atmosphere of Bologna's historical centre, let yourself be carried away by the scents and flavours of Bologna's culinary tradition while tasting local and traditional products.

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What people are saying about Piazza del Nettuno

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(22 reviews)

The legends and short stories were fun. We could have walked a little faster and moved on to the next thing. this took a long time. The tour guide was pleasant and interested in the participants. Price-quality ratio was great!

Great tour with Cristina! She was very knowledgable and the tour was fun and informative. We had a lovely chat with her after the tour about nearby towns. Thank you Cristina.

Despite the rain, a very pleasant tour with an extremely friendly, clever city guide. Very interesting, seen a lot, learned a lot. Highly Recommended.

Nice tour. Two very pleasant and interesting hours. Mauretta was an excellent guide. Professional but also fun and very helpful. Advised

That we got to go and she was super nice and clear in her guidance 🤩🥰 Thank you