Bologna City Walking Tour

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Overview Location: Bologna, Italy
Choose from a morning of afternoon departure, then make your way to the tourist office in Piazza Maggiore, which is situated in the heart of Bologna Old Town. After introductions, pop in your headphones (if your group consists of eight people or more) to ensure you can hear the live narration, and set off on foot with your guide.

Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. Italians have several nicknames for the handsome city, one of which is ‘La Rossa’ meaning ‘The Red.' This nickname is partly due to the dominant red hue of the city’s buildings and façades.

Before leaving Piazza Maggiore, admire the 16th-century Fontana del Nettuno, which depicts the sea god Neptune in all his muscly glory. Make your way to the nearby Basilica di San Petronio, a superb example of Gothic architecture. Listen as your guide talks you through its standout features including a large sundial on the interior floor, and several unfinished details on the façade.

Continue on foot toward Piazza della Mercanzia and stroll around the narrow streets surrounding the square, where rows of vendors hawk local food products. As you browse the quality produce, it will soon become clear why Bologna is frequently cited as one of Italy’s top food cities.

Next, arrive at the courtyard of the Archiginnasio, the former seat of the University of Bologna. The university, which is Europe’s oldest, dates back to the 11th century.

After hearing about Bologna’s scholarly past, stop into the Church of Santa Maria della Vita to admire a monumental group of life-size Baroque terracotta sculptures. The work depicts several figures mourning over the dead Christ.

Lastly, cast your eyes skyward to view the leaning Asinelli and Garisenda towers. Commonly known as the Two Towers (Due Torri), they are Bologna’s most conspicuous landmarks. Yout tour then concludes at this location.
  • Led by a Blue Badge guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
What you can expect Do you have a few hours in Bologna and you’d like to discover the essence of the historical city centre? Or maybe you’d love to have an expert professional guide at your service to help you unlock the secrets of this medieval city? Then this is the perfect tour for you!

Discover Bologna in two story-packed hours so you can experience the porticos, monuments and towers of what UNESCO has defined the best preserved medieval centre in the world.

NB: Dressing appropriately is required to enter some places of worship. It is recommended to cover shoulders and knees, and you must wear shoes.

Untill October 14th, 2019:
First tour: 10:30am every day
Second tour: 3pm on Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays

From October 14th, 2019:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 10:30am

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 03:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:30am

Practical information

What's inside

  • English and Italian speaking Professional guide
  • Earphones
  • The Bank holiday days of April 25th, May 1st, June 2nd, August 15th will run on as per Sunday's schedule at 10.30AM.

What's NOT inside

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Additional info

  • Refundable up to 4 business days prior to the travel date minus a 7% administrative fee.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • The tour is both in English and Italian
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • NB: Dressing appropriately is required to enter some places of worship. It is recommended to cover shoulders and knees, and you must wear shoes.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Departure point:

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna BO, Italy


2 hours



Return details:

Due Torri, 40125 Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

Reviews & ratings

  • Bologna City Walking Tour | . | 2019/09/30
    "A great introduction to a beautiful city!our guide was so interesting and took as to all major attractions!lasted over 2 hours!do this at start of your holiday-a (...) "

  • Bologna City Walking Tour | . | 2016/09/24
    "Informative and enjoyable "

  • Bologna City Walking Tour | . | 2016/06/19
    "Great tour Very beautiful and interesting city Guide was very good "

  • Bologna City Walking Tour | . | 2016/06/26
    "Very nice tour. Knowledge and friendly guide. "

  • Bologna City Walking Tour | . | 2016/06/27
    "Everyone very pleasant and subject matter experts. This tout went very fast because the guide made it very pleasant. "

  • Bologna City Walking Tour | . | 2016/07/01
    "Beautiful and lovely tour. Best way to learn about Bologna. "

  • Bologna City Walking Tour | . | 2016/07/01
    "very interesting tour and we seemed to explore everywhere! brilliant value and a great guide highly recommend "

  • Bologna City Walking Tour | . | 2016/07/26
    "Wonderful information and sightseeing! "

  • Bologna City Walking Tour | . | 2016/08/09
    "I loved this tour. The tour guide was a local and was very knowledgeable. You could tell she was proud of Bologna and truly loved her city. It was one of my favorite (...) "

  • Bologna City Walking Tour | . | 2016/09/12
    "This walking tour was led by a very informative English speaking guide. The pace was good and we were taken into places we might not have discovered by ourselves. (...) "

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