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  1. Italy
  2. Tuscany
  3. Florence
  4. Piazza Maggiore

From Florence: 2-Hour Private Guided Bologna Tour

Product ID: 74085
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Join this guided tour of Bologna’s old center, one of the best preserved in Europe. Walk through the fascinating squares and welcoming typical arcades, and have the chance to visit historical churches and stunnig ancient palaces.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the famous Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city and its civic palaces, all of medieval origin
  • Walk along the Pavaglione Portico and its elegant shops until the 16th century Archiginnasio Palace, the old university building
  • 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 led by an expert guide to visit one of the most beautiful (and historically rich) cities in all of Italy. The itinerary starts with Piazza Maggiore and its civic palaces, all of medieval origin: Palazzo di Re Enzo, Palazzo of the Notaries and Palazzo dei Banchi. In the square, you'll also find the Fountain of Neptune with the precious late Renaissance sculptures by Giambologna.

You'll then visit the gothic Basilica of San Petronio (on the facade, sculptures by the Sienese artist Jacopo della Quercia): inside you'll find the late gothic paintings of Cappella Bolognini and the sun-dial designed by the astronomer Cassini (17th 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 6000 student coat of arms. Inside is the 17th century Anatomical Theatre, where dissections were held, enriched by 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. And if you love photography, get ready to take some beautiful pictures.
Includes
  • Expert guide
  • Round trip via private transfer from Florence
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Next to the big main entrance of Santa Maria Novella Church (Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Florence), which is very close to the train station.

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Important information
Know before you go
• The duration of the transfer is approximately 1.5-hours each way (the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions)
• Please note that this tour does not include entrance to sites which require an entrance fee (in case you decide to visit the interiors of those sites too)
• 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
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Product ID: 74085