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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.

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Parma: Parmigiano and Prosciutto Guided Tour

2. Parma: Parmigiano and Prosciutto Guided Tour

Meet your expert guide at Roadhouse Restaurant in Parma, on Viale delle Esposizioni. You will begin the culinary tour at an authentic producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano, discovering how the "King of all Cheeses" has been made in the same way since the Benedectine monks invented it centuries ago. You will see the making first-hand, as well as the walls of cheese, with a tasting at the end, of course. From there you will stop at the medieval village of Torrechiara for a photo opportunity by its romantic castle. Then, on to one of Parma's family-run ham factories producing the famous Prosciutto di Parma. Lunch will be based on the typical products of the region, at a farm-to-table restaurant: Parmigiano, Prosciutto as well as other kind of local cold cuts, a typical filled pasta dish (tortelli di Parma), and homemade cakes. All paired up with local wines like Lambrusco and Malvasia.

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Ferrara: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

3. Ferrara: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

This classical half-day tour of the old town will take you from the exterior of the imposing Castello Estense to the interior of a majestic Romanesque Cathedral, and from the Jewish Ghetto to the streets of the Medieval and Renaissance historical city center. Your 2.5-hour guided tour of Ferrara starts with Castello Estense, which dominates the city center. Surrounded by a moat filled with water, this castle was built in 1385 as a stronghold of political and military control of the city. Continuous renovations, at least until the 16th century, give the castle the shape that we still admire today. Next, visit the Romanesque Cathedral, built in the 12th century opposite the Town Hall. Construction on the Bell Tower began in the 15th century, but never ended, designed by the famous artist Leon Battista Alberti. In the 17th century, because of a terrible fire, the interior of the Cathedral was rebuilt in Baroque style. Today, visiting the interior is an experience that takes you through many eras of Italian history.

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Ferrara: Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

4. Ferrara: Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

Ferrara is a splendid city of art, ideal to be enjoyed walking through its streets and discovering its Renaissance character, revealed on every corner. The famous Este family governed here for three centuries and gave the city the appearance it has today: a uniquely planned city, which harmoniously fuses the mediaeval and Renaissance styles and represents Europe's first modern city. Thanks to these characteristics, Ferrara gained its UNESCO World Heritage status. Through this guided walking tour led by your private guide, you'll get to see the main and most important sites in town, like the famous Este Castle (the castle of the historic Este family), Piazza Savonarola, Palazzo Arcivescovile, the harmonious Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral of Ferrara, Palazzo Marchionale, the particular Jewish ghetto (the region's largest and oldest, which prevailed from 1627 until 1859) and Via delle Volte.  Get ready to take great pictures of this hidden Italian gem.

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Parma: Self-Drive Food Tour with Tastings and Lunch

5. Parma: Self-Drive Food Tour with Tastings and Lunch

Spend a day exploring Parma and taste the very best food this region has to offer. See how authentic Parmigiano, Prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar are produced, and visit a farm-to-table restaurant for an authentic Italian lunch. Start your foodie adventure with a visit to a producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO. Learn each step involved in creating the king of cheeses, visit the wheel cathedrals where cheese wheels are stacked by the hundreds and left to mature, and end your tour with a cheese tasting. Make a short stop at the medieval village of Torrechiara to admire the 15th-century castle that dominates the landscape before continuing your tour with a visit to a family-run producer of Prosciutto di Parma PDO. Learn why this dry-cured ham can only be produced in the hills around Parma, where the conditions are perfect for natural curing. Take a break for a traditional lunch of Prosciutto di Parma PDO and other cured meats, Parmigiano, and Tortelli di Parma. Discover the selection of local wines and end lunch on a sweet note with a homemade cake. After lunch, head to the province of Reggio Emilia or Modena for a guided tour of a family-run balsamic vinegar PDO producer where you'll have the opportunity to taste the intense flavors of traditional aceto balsamico.

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What people are saying about Emilia-Romagna

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 22 reviews

After visiting Rome, Siena and Florence our first impression when coming to Bologna wasn’t the love from the first sight ‍♀️ However, the walking tour with the brilliant guide in English-Paola, gave us a different perspective of the city. We were told so much more details and interesting facts that we read about in our guidebook. Highly recommended!!

Very interesting tour, knowledgeable guide who gave us a great introduction to Bologna’s history. It was great value for money. Our guide Sara was lovely and pleasant.

Good and clear tour. We were only in Bologna for 1 day because of the transit and thanks to this tour we were able to see all the highlights.

I had a fantastic tour yesterday. The guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. I would highly recommend this tour of Bologna.

The guide is very well prepared to give us the explains, to make with us an amazing visit in a lot of beautiful places.