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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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From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

2. From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Situated on the Monte Guardia, the Sanctuary connects to the city center through the longest continuous portico in the world, made up of 666 arcades. At the meeting point, you'll receive a map and a timetable of the return train, which is available every 45 minutes. You’ll also receive a voucher for the food tasting. This tour departs every day and will help you discover the city from aboard the San Luca Express train, where the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you about the city until your arrival at the Basilica of San Luca. Here, you can visit the Basilica at your own pace and decide what time to return by consulting the schedules on the map. On board, you will find a staff person, who will welcome you and respond to your information. When you return, you will get to taste of typical products in one of the historical markets.  

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Bologna: Red Bus City Tour and Local Food Tasting

3. Bologna: Red Bus City Tour and Local Food Tasting

Discover Bologna in comfort via an open top bus, enabling you to admire and photograph all the major attractions of the city.  Upon arriving at the meeting point, staff will welcome you onboard. Choose from an audioguide available in 10 different languages to learn more about the specific landmarks as well as the general history of the city. You will then journey across the city, capturing views of some of the most famous points of interest. Hop on and off at your leisure at some popular spots such as: • Basilica San Petronio • Palazzo dei Notai • Palazzo Comunale • Palazzo di Re Enzo • Palazzo del Podestà, • Tower of Asinelli and Garisenda • Museo Civico Archeologico • Archiginnasio • Palazzo Bevilacqua • Porta Saragozza • Palazzo Bentivoglio • Fontana del Nettuno • Teatro Comunale. After the tour, enjoy a food tour in a historical market in Bologna, where you will try local delicacies.

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Bologna: Audio-Guided Archiginnasio Visit with Food Tasting

4. Bologna: Audio-Guided Archiginnasio Visit with Food Tasting

The Archiginnasio Palace was constructed between 1562 and 1563 as desired by the Papal Legate of Bologna, Cardinal Carlo Borromeo and Vice-legate Pier Donato Cesi. It was a project of Bologna's architect Antonio Morandi, titled Terribilia. The purpose of this operation during the cultural climate of the Council of Trent was to give a unit seat to the university teaching before being dispersed through various other seats. The external portion of the palace is presented by a long portico of 30 arches, and is pronounced in two internal floors around a central courtyard with a double order of loggias. Two grand staircases lead to the floor above that presents 10 scholastic lecture halls (which are unfortunately not able to been visited as they hold the principle book deposits of the library), and two home-lecture halls located at the two ends of the building. There is one hall for the artists (which is today a reading Hall of the Library) and one for the Legisti (ancient law students), titled Sala dello Stabat Mater. The sides of the rooms, the vaults of the grand staircases, and the open galleries are decorated with inscriptions and monuments commemorating the masters of the ancient university, as well as thousands coats of arms and students' names. At the conclusion of your visit, you will be invited to a typical Osteria to try a tasty bolognese "Ranocchi" accompanied by mortadella and tigelle, and partnered with Emilia-Romagna wine.

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Bologna: Clock Tower Audio Guide and Food Tasting

5. Bologna: Clock Tower Audio Guide and Food Tasting

Discover Palazzo d'Accursio, one of the most iconic and impressive places in Bologna. Learn about the clock tower from your audio guide. Listen to facts and stories on your smartphone as you make your way through the various parts of the clock tower until you finally reach the inner mechanism that makes the clockwork. Admire the Municipal Art Collections, full of artistic treasures that reveal the history of Bologna. Hear anecdotes about how the building has functioned over the centuries. Finish your day with a tasting of typical products in the heart of the city to get the full Bologna experience!

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Bologna with a Local: Customized Private Meet-Up

6. 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!

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Parma: Fidenza Village, Parma City Center, and Food Tasting

7. Parma: Fidenza Village, Parma City Center, and Food Tasting

Discover the beautiful city center of Parma, Italy's Capital of Culture 2020 on this walking tour with local food tasting. Sample some local eats at quaint little food and wine shops. Meet your guide in the morning or afternoon and start exploring Parma's fantastic city center. Seek out small, traditional food and wine shops, enjoy tastings, and chat with the locals. Learn more about the history of Parma. From the 1000 year-old medieval district to the frescoes of the Renaissance artists in the domes, to the neoclassic Teatro Regio, the city's buildings represent many different periods in Italian history.

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Bologna: Private and Personalised Walking Tour

8. Bologna: Private and Personalised Walking Tour

This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of Bologna. With your savvy local host you can rediscover the original charm and lively character of this extremely vibrant city. You could start the day with a short and strong espresso in one of the bars under the “portici," just how the locals like it. Walk up one of the main streets and past one of the most important theatres to end up at the Montagnola Market. Explore the narrow streets of the Jewish ghetto, where you can admire the tiny windows typical of the houses in this part of the city and come out right under the two towers, which are the icons of Bologna. Stop for a quick pizza by the slice in one of the places which normally get busy with the students from the university, which is the oldest university in the world. Take the afternoon to breathe in the culture and discover the Santo Stefano area, where contemporary and ancient art meet. There are many hidden gems which the locals love and are difficult to find on a map. If the weather allows, treat yourself to a refreshing gelato. Pop in to some of the nicest independent antique shops to see unique items and discover curiosities, then join one of the many local favorite bars for aperitivo and sip a nice glass of Prosecco while you get recommendations for restaurants and maybe note down a couple of traditional recipes. Book this meet-up with a Bolognese and you will be contacted within 24-hours with questions about your preferences and interests. 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. Replicate the experience of spending time in a city with a friend who lives there as the best travel moments come from going beneath the surface of a destination and discovering it through local lens.  Based on the things that you would like to see and do, a personalized and bespoke itinerary will be built just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. During the exploration, if you feel like changing direction, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary. You will be able to arrange a meeting point and time with your host in the most convenient place for you.  Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Bologna that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the internet as they are lesser-known to the crowd but loved by locals. Let your private local host show you the Bologna you will love.

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Bologna: Eat and Drink Like a Local Food Tour

9. Bologna: Eat and Drink Like a Local Food Tour

Join a like-minded local to discover why Bologna is known as La Grassa (The Fat One). Taste a selection of the finest produce, learn more about the food culture, and get recommendations on where to eat traditional classics and regional specialties. 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 an itinerary that can be customized, and choose what to eat, see, and do. Visit a farmers' market and marvel at the organic produce freshly picked from regional farms. Sample locally-made cheeses, oils and other gourmet treats, or discover traditional food shops, recommended by your guide.  Experience aperitivo hour at a favorite bar at the end of the working day, and enjoy a couple of drinks with small plates of delicious snacks before dinner. Discover the vegan bistros that Bologna keeps hidden under its meaty reputation. Relax in the knowledge that your itinerary is flexible and can be changed as you explore.

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Family Day in Bologna, Your Way

10. Family Day in Bologna, Your Way

Book a local Bolognese for a personalized tour. Ditch the travel guides, decide where to go, what to see, what to do together with your private, personal, like-minded guide. With a friend who knows what you like the city will unveil its best to you. 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. Keeping in mind your personal answers they 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.

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What people are saying about Emilia-Romagna

Great way to begin our time in Bologna. Although we could have walked to the Basilica, the narration along the drive was terrific. The hike is also quite steep in parts. The vouchers for food were perfect and could be used any day. Definitely recommend!

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.