Archiginnasio of Bologna

Archiginnasio of Bologna: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bologna Theme Tour: the Oldest University in Europe

1. Bologna Theme Tour: the Oldest University in Europe

Take advange of this tour lead by an expert guide to visit one of the most beautiful (and rich in history) cities in all of Italy. This is not a common tour though, but a particular theme tour to discover the history of Bologna as the city where the first university of Europe was built. Bologna’s “Studium” or University was founded during the 11th century, being indeed the first university in Europe. You will see the monuments of the most illustrious professors of the Middle ages in Piazza S. Domenico and at the Museo Medievale (with their vivid bas-reliefs showing the professor teaching an audience of students). You'll also walk to The Archiginnasio Palace, the Renaissance Palazzo seat of the schools from the 16th to the 19th century, and its 17th Century Anatomy Theater decorated with wooden sculptures related to Medicine.

Private Bologna Tour: Piazza Maggiore to Due Torri

2. Private Bologna Tour: Piazza Maggiore to Due Torri

Book this private 2 or 3 hour tour and the operator will contact you to learn about your interests and preferences. You’ll be matched with a like-minded local, who will become your guide. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Keeping in mind your personal answers, a customized itinerary will be designed just for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes you might enjoy something in particular, changes to the itinerary are certainly possible. Discover amazing spots in Bologna that would be difficult to find without the help of a knowledgeable local. The day will revolve around your wishes so enjoy your private tour and let your local guide show you a Bologna you will love.

Bologna: City History Guided Walking Tour - Small Group

3. Bologna: City History Guided Walking Tour - Small Group

Travel back in time as you explore the history of Bologna on this guided walking tour. View attractions like Bologna University and the tombs of Glossatori. Stroll through squares like Palazzo della Mercanzia, Palazzo Poggi, and Verdi square. Be greeted by your guide and begin your walking tour through the city. Hear about the thousand-year-old history of the Studium. See the monumental tombs of Glossatori and see the oldest university in continuous operation in the world at Bologna University. Stroll the birthplace of Guglielmo Marconi, who was awarded with a Nobel Prize and was the father of the radio communication. Stop outside the Archiginnasio building which hosts the world's biggest coat of arms collection. View a monument to the scientist Luigi Galvani in Galvani Square. Pass through the of the Palazzo della Mercanzia where you can admire the Romanesque-Lombard style of the Loggia dei Mercanti.  Continue to Palazzo Poggi square. Finish your tour in Giuseppe Verdi square where you can see the Municipal Theatre and the Basilica of San Giacomo Maggiore.  Join this easy and relaxing guided walk to quickly retrace the history of the academic development of the city. Please note, total duration of the activity is between 1.30 and 2 hours

Bologna: Musical History Walking Tour in - Small Group

4. Bologna: Musical History Walking Tour in - Small Group

Join this walk to discover the relations between the city of Bologna and its influence on musical history within Europe. The journey will be marked by historical musical facts and tales about Bologna. Visit Piazza Rossini where the Giovan Battista Martini Conservatory lies. See Piazza Verdi and its City Theatre, Caratti Building, and Archiginnasio Building. You will also have the chance to admire the ancient organ within the stunning San Petronio Basilica. Finally, you will finish the tour at the Walk of Fame at Quadrilatero. Join this easy and relaxing guided walk to get the major highliths about Bologna and its music. Please note, total duration of the activity is between 1.30 and 2 hours

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What people are saying about Archiginnasio of Bologna

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Our tour guide Laura was very knowledgeable, friendly and passionate about the history of Bologna and the churches and university buildings we visited. A particular highlight was the medical amphitheatre at the university. I highly recommend this your for anyone interested in exploring Bologna’s historical centre.

Interesting tour giving an overview of the city.

Gabriele is a local guide of the city with flexibility to accommodate our requests. Also a bit off the beaten path we got to know the special features of the city, architecture and churches.

Our guide Lorenza tolde us a lot about mindset and spirit of the city and the citizens. We saw all relevant places and got so many interesting input and information...

Franca was an incredible guide, and it was a pleasure spending my day learning more about Bologna with her. Thank you Franca!

A really great city tour! Stella knows her way around and is very personable!! We would do it again anytime!