Bologna
Private Experiences

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Bologna Private Experiences

Bologna: Self-Guided Food Tasting Tour with Vouchers

1. 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 or Modena: Ferrari Full-Day Tour

2. From Bologna or Modena: Ferrari Full-Day Tour

Spend a full day discovering the world of Ferrari. The tour includes visits to several museums and lunch at a farm. Begin the tour with a pickup at your hotel. Then, depart for Maranello, where you will go to visit the Ferrari Museum. Afterwards, have a guided tour by bus from the factory and the Fiorano track before enjoying lunch at a Farmhouse near Maranello. Visit the Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena and then return back.

Bologna: Market and Cooking Class

3. 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.

Bologna: Highlights and Hidden Hems of the City Tour

4. Bologna: Highlights and Hidden Hems of the City Tour

Book this tour and your hosts will contact you within 24 hours and ask you questions about your preferences and interests, so they can match you with the right profile and assign a like-minded local Bolognese. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Keep in mind your personal answers and your guide will put together a bespoke itinerary, just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. They will arrange a meeting with your guide in the most convenient place for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Bologna that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the Internet, because they are lesser known to the crowd but beloved by locals! The day revolves around your wishes, so enjoy your private tour and let your Local show you the Bologna you will love.

Bologna: Guided Walking Tour

5. Bologna: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historic sights of Bologna, starting on Piazza Maggiore where landmarks include the Fountain of Neptune and the Palazzo del Podestà. Learn why the city is known as "La Dotta" ("The Learned"), "La Grassa" ("The Fat") and "La Rossa" ("The Red"). See the medieval Torre Galluzzi and look inside the unique anatomical theater at the Archiginnasio. Stroll along Via Farini and walk to the magnificent porticoes of Piazza Santo Stefano. Discover the covered passageway of the Court Isolani on the way to Via Strada Maggiore. Chat to the locals in the Mercato di Mezzo about why food is so important in Bologna.

Bologna: Private Walking Tour with a Guide

6. Bologna: Private Walking Tour with a Guide

Explore all the major highlights of the picturesque city of Bologna on a walking tour. See the stunning architecture and vibrant atmosphere of the city with an expert guide. Discover the central square of Bologna, the Piazza Maggiore with many medieval buildings surrounding it. Visit the iconic Basilica of San Petronio, Palazzo d'Accursio and the Palazzo del Podestà. Take a stroll through the lively streets and see remains from the past periods in Bologna. Admire the beauty of the Fountain of Neptune with the precious late Renaissance sculptures by Giambologna. Continue to the university district and see the main buildings like the Aechiginnasio Library and the Palazzo Poggi. Next, stroll through the picturesque alleys of the Mercato di Mezzo, the old market, and its fabulous food shops. Explore the narrow streets admire the tiny windows typical of the houses in this part of the city. Pop into the Quadrilatero, a bustling area of the town, and explore the unique ancient shops of the city. Your guide will tell you about the town's unique way of life. Take advantage of this tour to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the whole of Italy. Enjoy the richness of culture and history of the picturesque town on a walking tour. 

Bologna: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

7. Bologna: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

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.

Bologna: Secrets of the City Private Tour

8. Bologna: Secrets of the City Private Tour

Take part in a walking tour from Neptune Square to Bagni di Mario in the company of a professional guide. Learn some of Bologna's interesting past, and visit a fascinating piece of Renaissance history.  In the upper level see a spectacular octagonal hall. View the 8 small tanks that were built to collect the water coming from 4 pipes leading to the Valverde. Discover how by a decantation process, the water came out purified. See a very high chimney of considerable beauty, fully covered by secular calcareous scalings.

Bologna with a Local: Customized Private Meet-Up

9. Bologna with a Local: Customized Private Meet-Up

Experience the best of Bologna on a private tour that can be customized to your interests and preferences, including the booking of tickets or attractions according to your requests. Simply make your booking and your hosts will contact you within 24 hours to ask questions about your interests and what you would like to see and do. They will match you with the right profile, assign a like-minded local to become your guide and put together a bespoke itinerary. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Benefit from a tour tailored just for you. The itinerary will be outlined but flexible. Meet at a place convenient for you, and feel free to change direction during the day, or follow suggestion from your guide if they think you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, with your permission. Get off the beaten track and see things not normally covered in guidebooks or on the internet but loved by the locals. The entire tour will revolve around your wishes so that you can discover a side to Bologna that you will truly adore!

From Bologna: Romagna Region Wine Tasting Tour

10. From Bologna: Romagna Region Wine Tasting Tour

If you're a wine lover, you can't miss this day trip out to a family-run winery in the Romagna region. After the morning transfer from your hotel, you’ll head with your group to the heart of Romagna to visit one of its most famous wineries. Located in the Romagna Valle, this is one of the most historic companies in the area. Once you arrive, a guide will take you on a private 1-hour tour of the winery, where modern innovations are mixed with respect for the ancient traditions of the family.   After the tour, you’ll be greeted by a sommelier in the tasting area, where you’ll taste 5 glasses of DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) wine. Feel the warmth of Romagna and see if you can discern the complex tastes. Your day continues with a visit to a second winery surrounded by greenery. Round off your visit with a lunch based on typical local products.

Frequently asked questions about Bologna Private Experiences

What are other things to do than Private Experiences that are worth visiting in Bologna?

The other unmissable things to do in Bologna are:

Which Bologna Private Experiences are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

Other Sightseeing Options in Bologna

Want to discover all there is to do in Bologna? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Bologna

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 21 reviews

My family had a great and very memorable experience with Stella. She is very knowledgeable about the city of Bologna, his history and it’s culture - old and new. My family really, really enjoyed our time spent with her. She recommended some great restaurants for us too! We loved Bologna and if/when we return we will definitely look forward to spending more time with her! Thanks Stella!!!

The experience was amazing! The chef, Alessandra Clemente, was super nice and welcomed us into her quaint home with open arms. Everything was organised very well with all the freshest ingredients and appropriate equipment. The chef was fluent in English and very experienced - a genuine Italian pasta maker! We learnt a lot and enjoyed every minute - highly recommend this session!

Great idea! A good mix of different regional food. Bologna isn't called "the fat ones" for nothing. Unfortunately, one of the vouchers was a bit small: two small cubes of cheese with balsamic vinegar. Very puny compared to the other stuff.

i rate 5 out of possible 5 stars, i would recommend it to anyone who likes to admire the beauty of ferrari these museums are amazing

Very nice tour guides and we’re very flexible, providing us a tour on Easter Sunday because it was our only time in town!