Bologna Meet the locals

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Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

1. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

Your tour starts from Piazza del Nettuno. You'll discover the Piazza Maggiore and the Basilica of San Petronio and the Meridian. Next visit the oldest library in the world and Piazza Santo Stefano, where you'll see the wonderful Basilica that overlooks the square. Then visit the Towers of Bologna, the Asinelli and the Garisenda, before you explore the historical market Quadrilatero to admire the historical shops and take in the scents of local food. Finally, visit Palazzo Re Enzo which overlooks the square and is the palace seat of the municipality.

From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

2. From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Situated on the Monte Guardia, the Sanctuary connects to the city center through the longest continuous portico in the world, made up of 666 arcades. At the meeting point, you'll receive a map and a timetable of the return train, which is available every 45 minutes. You’ll also receive a voucher for the food tasting.  This tour departs every day and will help you discover the city from aboard the San Luca Express train, where the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you about the city until your arrival at the Basilica of San Luca. Here, you can visit the Basilica at your own pace and decide what time to return by consulting the schedules on the map. On board, you will find a member of staff who'll welcome you and provide any information you may require. When you return, you will get to taste typical products in one of the historical markets.

Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli & Food Tasting

3. Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli & Food Tasting

Take in the incredible views from the tallest leaning medieval tower in the world, built between 1109 and 1119. The panoramic view from the Torre degli Asinelli will take your breath away.  After the tower visit, enjoy a food tasting of Bologna's typical products in the city center.

From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

4. From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

Learn about the production of gastronomic excellence in Emilia on a unique day trip from Bologna. Tour local factories and family-run producers for a look behind the scenes at the creation of products appreciated all over the world, including Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar of Modena, and Lambrusco and Pignoletto wine. Begin with an 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Bologna and head toward a dairy production site via a private transfer. Once there, tour the grounds with a guide and learn about the production of the world's favorite cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano. Snack on a sample of the delicious creation before heading to Acetaia, where you'll see how the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is made. Taste some of the "gold of Modena".  Transfer to a wine cellar, where you'll hear about the work that goes behind creating the delicious Lambrusco and Pignoletto wines. Taste some of this local treat and then cap the tour off with a light lunch in a traditional Italian restaurant. Return to your hotel in Bologna around 2:30 PM.

Bologna: Taste Local Specialties on a Guided Walking Tour

5. 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. Have 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. Visit Bottega Ranocchi to try authentic Mortadella Bologna. Enter one of the oldest taverns in Europe at Osteria del Sole. Head to Gilberto, a shop which has been open for over a century. Savor crescentina (stuffed flatbread) and Bolognese tigella (flatbread sandwich) with a glass of local wine.

Bologna: E-Bike Guided Tour with Brunch or Aperitivo

6. Bologna: E-Bike Guided Tour with Brunch or Aperitivo

Get off the beaten track in Bologna and ride by e-bike. Discover the hidden jewels of the hills and gardens and learn their meaningful history. Visit local producers of traditional cheeses and have a tasting. Try different wines from the wineries and enjoy the option for lunch at a farmhouse. Take the option of a full or half-day tour and meet your guide at the bike rental shop in Casalecchio di Reno. Learn the basics of riding an e-bike, perfect for all fitness levels. Set off on your adventure and discover Bologna's natural beauty. Find the secret spots and beautiful views missed by many on the standard tourist track. Soar over the hills, marvel at the gardens, and work up an appetite for local wine and cheese. Stop and enjoy a domestic cheese tasting and pair it with some fine wine from a local vineyard.

Bologna: Hands on Home Cooking Class

7. Bologna: Hands on Home Cooking Class

You will be hosted in a cozy apartment in Bologna. Learn to cook like a Bolognese in a typical Bologna home. Get hands-on help preparing your own lunch or dinner from a friendly chef during this activity. This experience consists of preparing some specialties of Bologna culinary tradition. Begin by preparing the dough for your pasta. Learn how to make tagliatelle and tortelloni then fill them with ricotta cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, garlic, parsley, nutmeg, white pepper, and salt. Then make some delicious ragù for your pasta. After, enjoy your pasta with some delicious wine and a local dessert.  

Bologna: City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour

8. Bologna: City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour

Discover Bologna beyond its architecture and renowned food with a guided walking tour of the city, focusing on the city's lesser-known wine scene. Taste different varieties, learn from a true wine expert, and explore the city. Embark on a tour of some of the best wineries in the city center, guided by a real local wine expert. Learn about the Colli Bolognesi wine region as you explore. Move from an enoteca to an osteria, where you'll have the chance to taste real wines from the Colli Bolognesi area and the Emilia Romagna wine region. All the wines will be explained and all of your curiosity satisfied. Depending on the length of tour selected, enjoy 2 to 5 different wines produces in the region. If you choose the 3-hour tour, you will also enjoy some local food in the oldest tavern in town.

Bologna: Pasta & Tiramisu Cooking Class at Local Home

9. Bologna: Pasta & Tiramisu Cooking Class at Local Home

Learn the secrets of Bologna’s most famous pasta dishes and tiramisu in a local home, and then taste the fruits of your labor for lunch or dinner accompanied by regional wines. During a private cooking lesson from a friendly local host, learn how to prepare 2 distinctive pasta recipes and a tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your expert cesarina host will reveal the tricks of the trade behind these iconic dishes during a fun and informative experience.  Challenge yourself by putting your cooking skills to the test and impress your friends and family once home with a delicious Italian meal.

Bologna: Market and Cooking Class

10. Bologna: Market and Cooking Class

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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What people are saying about Bologna

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4.6 / 5

based on 450 reviews

Great private tour of Bologna. We walked our feet off, but saw such interesting places, especially the sun passing the Meridian inside the church (can’t remember the name). Claudio’ s recommendations for art, history and dining were wonderful. Such a gentleman, knowledgeable and respectful of these two old ladies from America!

Really loved this experience. The market part was great for getting to know food and culture and the cooking was relaxed and delicious! Am ready to try at home! Plus Martina was a great host. Good conversation, knowledgeable and proud. Having the cooking class in her home allowed for informality and was a nice touch!

Really enjoyed this. Filippo was a great guide and we went to some different places and drank some great wine! Definitely tried new varieties and learned a lot about wine and Italy! Fully recommend

Very knowledgeable guide, enjoyed walking leisurely as information was given. All questions were answered, Elena was very friendly snd an excellent guide!

It is obvious Gabby loves sharing Italian culture. she is flexible and kind and fun.