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Taste Bologna Tour: Art, Food & Much More

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Availability: Everyday on request, except on bank holidays
  • Location: Bologna, Emillia-Romagna

This walking tour features the visit to Bologna most famous monuments: Piazza Maggiore with the Accursio Palace seat of Bologna city hall since the XIV century, the Neptune Fountain considered one of the most elegant Renaissance fountains in Italy, St. Petronio Basilica with its treasures, the Archiginnasio Palace, first permanent seat of the oldest university in the world famous for its frescoed walls and its Anatomy Theatre, the Two Towers, St. Stephens Sq., and more!

You will explore one of Bologna oldest food markets with an insider and visit the most traditional food shops. Learn about the history, culture, architecture, that make Bologna medieval market so unique. During this tour you will enjoy a variety of food specialties that has secured Bologna’s reputation as being the foodie capital of Italy. Discover the secrets to having the ultimate food and cultural experience off the beaten path!

Meet one of our top-rated private guides at your hotel in central Bologna or at Piazza Maggiore by the Neptune Fountain. You will be introduced to Bologna history and you will explore, at your own pace, the town most famous monuments such as San Petronio Basilica, Palazzo Comunale, Santo Stefano complex, and the Two Towers. You will have privileged admittance to the Archiginnasio Palace, Bologna University first permanent seat, and you will be visit the Anatomy Theatre.

During the tour, you will explore the Quadrilatero, Bologna Food Market, and you will be offered 5 authentic tastings (a big meal) at a diversity of places: an ancient family-run deli-store, a bakery, a chocolate factory, a pasta workshop, a gelato shop. Enough food is served so that, for most people, lunch afterwards is not needed. 

You will visit:

  • the oldest bakery in Bologna and taste their delicious “torta di riso” (rice cake);
  • the most ancient chocolate factory of the town where the first solid chocolate “sfoglia nera” was invented and sample their specialties;
  • a deli-store where you will be served cured meats and cheeses (Parmigiano Reggiano with balsamic vinegar, Mortadella, Salame di Felino, Caciotta, Prosciutto di Parma  Parma Ham) with typical breads and local wine;
  • a pasta laboratory to taste homemade egg pasta;
  • and finally a traditional ice-cream shop!

This is the perfect tour to give you insights into Bologna’s traditions and culture.

The tour includes

  • Expert local guide
  • Guided tour of Bologna
  • Visit to Bologna most ancient food market
  • Visit to 5 selected traditional food shops with 5 delicious food & wine tastings: pastries, chocolate, gelato, homemade pasta, local wines, cured meats and cheeses
  • Progressive lunch
  • Entrance fee to the Archiginnasio palace (ticket + reservation, skip the line)

Starting times: 09:00am/10:00am/11:00am

Meeting location: Your hotel in central Bologna. If you don't have accommodation in Bologna, our guide will meet you at Piazza Maggiore by the Neptune Fountain. Your private guide will hold a sing reading your name and will wait at the corner with Caffé Vittorio Emanuele

Type of tour: private walking tour with food tastings

Prices: Prices depend on the number of participants. Price are expressed per group.

1 person Eur 295,00

2-person group Eur 370,00

3-person group Eur 435,00

4-person group Eur 560,00

5-person group Eur 625,00

6-person group Eur 720,00

7-person group Eur 840,00

8-person group Eur 960,00

9-person group Eur 1.080,00

10-person group Eur 1.100,00

Additional information: 

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This private tour can be customized according to your interests and needs.
  • Tour can be in English or orher languages. Please let us know you preferred language at time of booking
  • Vegetarians and gluten free can be catered for. Please let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions
  • The tour is also available with departure by train from Florence
  • Due to uneven and steep surfaces, we are unable to accept wheelchair users
  • This tour can be combined with our COOKING CLASS IN BOLOGNA COUNTRYSIDE
  • Book 2 tours and get 10% discount!!! Call us to get your discount code!
  • If you are a foodie you may also like the following experiences: YUMMY ITALY FOOD TOURFOOD & FERRRI TOUR

Don’t forget to bring:

  • camera/ smartphone - fully charged
  • wear comfortable shoes
  • bring an empty stomach!

We look forward to bringing some of the best of Italy too you!

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