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Bologna: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

13 reviews

Activity provider: Faberest

Bologna: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Faberest

From US$ 259.13 per group up to 15

Join this guided tour of Bologna’s old center, one of the best preserved in Europe. You'll walk through fascinating squares and welcoming typical arcades, and have the chance to visit historical churches and stunning ancient palazzi.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • See the famous Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city, and its civic palaces
  • Walk along the Pavaglione Portico and its elegant shops
  • Visit the lovely Square of Santo Stefano, with the complex of Santo Stefano also called the “Jerusalem of Bologna"
  • Spot the Two Towers, the real symbol of the city
Full description
Take advange of this tour lead by an expert guide to visit one of the most beautiful (and rich in history) cities of the whole Italy. The itinerary starts with Piazza Maggiore and its civic palaces, all of medieval origins: Palazzo di Re Enzo, Palazzo of the Notaries, Palazzo dei Banchi. In the square is also the Fountain of Neptune, with the precious late Renaissance sculptures by Giambologna; you'll then visit the gothic Basilica of San Petronio (on the façade, sculptures by the Sienese artist Jacopo della Quercia): inside, the precious late gothic paintings of the Cappella Bolognini and the sun-dial designed by the astronomer Cassini (XVII century).  Walking along the Pavaglione Portico and its elegant shops, you'll reach the 16th century Archiginnasio Palace, the old University building, decorated with about 6.000 coats of arms of students. Inside is the 17th century Anatomical Theater, where dissections were held, enriched of statues of doctors and sculptures of anatomy. Through the picturesque alleys of the Mercato di Mezzo, the old market, and its fabulous food shops you'll get to the lovely Square of Santo Stefano, with the complex of Santo Stefano also called the “Jerusalem of Bologna” or “The Seven Churches”, a group of small Romanesque churches.
  • Private tour
  • Expert tour guide
  • Food & drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Piazza Maggiore, next to the main entrance (the biggest door) of the Basilica di San Petronio (the huge church in the square)

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Important information

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  • Please note that this tour does not include entrance to sites which require an entrance fee
  • The tour will take place even when it's raining. In the event of an exceptionally heavy rain the tour may be cancelled and you will be given a full refund
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 13 reviews

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Extremely interesting ! The guide was perfect and not only knowing the story and the big landmarks of her city, she explained us some small secrets or curiosities. We were with kids (12,11 and 6) and she interacted with them so nicely! They were happy with the tour. 2 hours but we didn’t see the time flying! Very nice experience and a wonderful way to discover the city of Bologna.

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August 1, 2022


Claudio was an experienced guide with lots of details about Bologna and the monuments. We recommend.

April 10, 2022

Too dry

This tour might have been interesting for a group of teachers. Simply imparting knowledge without a little loosening up or a funny story was unfortunately too lengthy for us. Too bad. We still learned to love Bologna on our own.

July 5, 2019

Product ID: 72681