Bologna Tours

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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.

From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

3. 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: Red Bus City Tour and Local Food Tasting

4. 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 Traditional Food Tour

5. Bologna: Guided Traditional Food Tour

In Italian tradition, Bologna is called “the wise” (for containing the second oldest university in Europe), “the red” (for the red roofs of its houses), and “the rich” (for its food offerings and flavor). Italian gastronomy points to the Emilia-Romagna region as a reference due to its historical ties with food, and Bologna is quite a hot spot for Italian culinary excellence.  This Bologna traditional food tour is a unique opportunity to visit the city center from an unusual perspective. Learn all of the secrets of Italian traditional food culture, specifical items from the Bologna region. Your food guide will navigate you through the history behind dishes and preparation. It will even disclose to you some of their favorite recipes. Within your food tour, try dishes such as cured meats with cheese and hand-baked bread, various styles of bolognese, "brazadela" (an Italian dessert), and espresso with whipped cream. This tour will surely leave you with a profound knowledge of Italian cuisine.

Bologna: Self-Guided Food Tasting Tour with Vouchers

6. Bologna: Self-Guided Food Tasting Tour with Vouchers

Discover the secrets of the city’s cuisine with a food tasting tour of Bologna. With a map and a set of vouchers for local food samples, taste your way through the city at your own pace. Enjoy a self-guided food tour, wander the narrow streets of the old town, take breaks for photos, and explore the points of interest suggested by the map. Collect tastings of local and traditional food along the way. Try handmade chocolates, delicious ice cream, and the famous Tigellone with typical ragù sauce, while adults will also receive a glass of wine, a coffee, and a parmesan sample. Each voucher says what it includes and where to use it, and you can scan the QR code to follow the path on google maps.

From Bologna: Lamborghini & Ferrari Museums Private Day Tour

7. From Bologna: Lamborghini & Ferrari Museums Private Day Tour

Get an insider’s introduction to two of Italy’s most iconic automobile makers during this two-for-one, private combo tour to the Lamborghini and Ferrari museums. Tours include a tasty, all-inclusive lunch, door-to-door private transportation, admission tickets to both sights, and a visit to the Ferrari racetrack and factory for a peek behind the scenes. Experience the emotions of the most famous cars in the world and discover their history by visiting the museums

Bologna: Taste Local Specialties on a Guided Walking Tour

8. 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

9. 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: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

10. Bologna: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

Head to the Quadrilatero area, the vibrant heart of Bologna, to start your 3-hour food tour. Step off the beaten paths, discover unexpected sights and hear amazing stories about the origins and traditions of the city. First, make your way to a small trattoria to sample traditional Ragù alla Bolognese (Bolognese sauce). Sample and learn why a five-year-old Parmigiano Reggiano is so special, and sip 12 to 24-year-old balsamic vinegars from Modena. Enjoy a carefully selected charcuterie sampler from Emilia-Romagna and see how homemade, fresh pasta is created by Bologna's very own sfogline (pasta-makers). As you end your savory stroll through the city, enjoy the best artisanal gelato in town. Your entire Italian-gastro experience is infused in the heart of this medieval town at some of the best secret spots where locals eat, off the tourist paths.

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4.7 / 5

based on 421 reviews

Received a packet of vouchers for a selection of food items across the centre. I used them across the two days I was in Bologna - also would have been possible to do all of them in one day. Let me sample some items I would not have thought to purchase on my own. Shop owners were helpful and friendly when I presented the voucher, although the coffee voucher on the main square only would let you drink the coffee inside or as takeaway. Recommend if you can't fit in a guided food tour of Bologna as a decent substitute.

It was a lovely tour of Bologna. The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and told us everything there is to know about the history of Bologna and the sights we saw. She was also very funny. Would definitely 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.

Excellent! Lots of info on the history of Bologna. We’ll worth it!!