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Bologna: City Centre and Food Tour

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Trip at a Glance

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  • Locations

    Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $220 USD per trip
  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Avg Distance

    1 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Everyday at 9,30 or 14,30

  • Starting Location

    Piazza Maggiore 1/e outside the Tourist office information (IAT)under the portico in front of the Saint Petronio Basilica. The Palace facade is now covered because under restoration. I'll stay close to the tourist office entrance door

  • Price Includes

    4 hours guided tour

  • Notes

    Not Included in Price: 4 Euro perperson for ticket for Cappella Bolognini, Tasting products and wine € 20,00/each to be paid on the spot


  • On this walking tour you will discover the must-see attractions of Bologna city centre like Piazza Maggiore, the University, the two leaning towers
  • Discover the reason why Bologna is known as the Fat, the Learned, the Red, the Towered and it is also considered the food capital of Italy
  • See the oldest university in Western World and discover the Unesco creative music city
  • Everyone knows spaghetti bolognese. . except Italians! Discover the delicious products of Bologna like Tortellini, Lasagne, Tagliatelle, Mortadella, Parmesan cheese, Lambrusco and many many others
  • Taste the food and wines of Bologna with a private tour. Customize your tour to suit your own interests

Trip Info

Bologna: an omnivore’s dream – TASTING of typical products is possible if required on this food tour

From art and culture up to gastronomic excellence. Bologna, chief town of Emilia-Romagna, is known worldwide as”La Dotta”(“The Learned”because it was home to the first university in Europe in 1088 and the 100, 000 students enrolled nowadays make it a lively and cosmopolitan place), “La Grassa(“The Fat”thanks to the best cuisine in Italy. Even in Italy, a country that takes food very seriously, Bologna stands out. “La Rossa”(“The Red” referring to the colour of its brick buildings) and”La Turrita”(“The Towered”for the presence of 24 towers of the 100 built in the city around the 12 century). The tour will show you the reason why Bologna is known in Italy and abroad as dotta rossa turrita and … grassa. You will learn everything about Food and wines and discover that everyone knows spaghetti bolognese. . except Italians! TASTING is possible if REQUIRED. You can taste typical products and wines. Tastings to be paid by the tourists on the spot on visit day. For taste costs read below”Extimated Local cash needed”

The tour starts at Piazza Maggiore, meet up location of the tour, with the City Hall, Podestà Palace, Neptune’s Fountain, King Enzo’s Palace, Sala Borsa (closed on Sundays), Palazzo dei Banchi, dei Notai, Accursio Palace and Basilica of Saint Petronio (visit inside according to opening hours and services)with the sundial. The tour continues with the medieval Galluzzi court, Piazza Galvani the Archiginnasio, the first unique seat of the University of Bologna, and via Farini with its branded products and clothings. A Walk through Food Marketup to Saint Steven square with its porticos, palaces and the Saint Steven Churches Complex (visit inside according to opening hours and services). Through the Isolani Court we will reach Via Strada Maggiore, the Two Leaning Towers, Via Zamboni, the present university area and the old Jewish Ghetto. In the Mercato di Mezzo some locals will be visited in order to explain the typical food of Bologna and show the close relationship between culture and food

Note: NOT INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED TOUR 4 EURO /each person for ticket for Cappella Bolognini in Saint Petronio Basilica and anatomic theatre and Stabat Mater Hall in Archiginnasio Palace For TASTING TYPICAL PRODUCTS and WINES € 20,00/each to be paid on the spot. Inform the guide on visit day if you wish to have a tasting this in order to better arrange the guided tour.

Your adventure awaits!


Manuela Roversi is a professional licensed tour guide in Mantua (It. Mantova), Ferrara, Bologna, Modena and Parma.

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