Notable Porticoes in Bologna

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Almost 25 miles (40 kilometers) of porticoes, or shaded arcades, line the streets of the Italian city of Bologna. Simultaneously functional and architecturally beautiful, the porticoes provide outdoor promenades that are protected from sun and rain. Here’s where to find the best examples throughout the center of Bologna. 

Piazza Maggiore
Dating back to the 13th century, this square has porticoes on three sides. Each side has its own architecture and character, reflecting the era in which they were built and the style of the designer.

Via dell'Indipendenza
Dating back to 1888, the porticoes along Via dell'Indipendenza are relatively new compared to other historic walkways in Bologna. Connecting Piazza Maggiore to the railway station, this road is lined with shops, and the wide walkway offers shelter from the weather.

San Luca
Stretching almost 13,125 feet (4,000 meters), the porticoes along Via San Luca and Via Saragozza were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. This covered walkway was considered a religious route and leads to a church, the Madonna of San Luca (Santuario Madonna di San Luca). 

Via Marsala
Some of the oldest examples of this architecture style can be seen in the wooden porticoes of Via Marsala, dating back to the 13th century. 

Via Zamboni
You can see porticoes from different eras in history along Via Zamboni, once the home of many noble residences now belonging to offices and universities. A range of architectural styles and intricate details are displayed here. 

Piazza Santo Stefano
Two sides of this square are lined by porticoes dating back to different moments in Bologna’s history from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Craftsmanship on the columns and arches is especially noteworthy.
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2-Hour Historic Bike Tour of Bologna

A historic university city, culinary capital, and hub of architectural beauty, Bologna offers no shortage of attractions—and this zippy bike tour through town gives you the perfect opportunity to explore. Get up close and personal with the sights, from the bustling Piazza Maggiore to the Basilica of San Domenico and the modern Manifattura delle Arti district. As you go, hear about the city’s long history from your guide.
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Bologna : a walk into history

The city of Bologna is a rich tapestry of art, culture, cuisine, and music—a UNESCO–listed gem in the heart of Italy. On this morning or afternoon walking tour, follow your guide through Bologna’s medieval streets and find out what makes the city special. Hear the stories behind top attractions including Piazza Maggiore, the Quadrilatero, and the 14th-century San Petronio Basilica, and gain insight into Bologna’s colorful past.
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Bologna Private Walking Tour

Explore the beautiful and historic capital of Emilia-Romagna on this private 2-hour walking tour in Bologna. See the highlights of the bustling city and hear about Bologna's university, the oldest in the world. Learn about Bologna's fascinating history, dating back to 1000 B.C., and how the city remains popular among Italian and international students. Discover this fascinating and Medieval town with your private guide.
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Day trip to Bologna from Rome

Journey from Rome into the heart of the beautiful Emilia-Romagna region on this full-day tour of Bologna. Meet your guide directly at your hotel (pickup is available at centrally located venues). In the company of a small group, travel to the medieval city, which is home to one of the world’s oldest universities and a wealth of historical architecture. Learn more about Bologna’s major attractions and history from your guide, and sample its many culinary highlights, too (meals own expense).
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Day Trip to Modena from Bologna

Personalised and private experience in Modena with a Local Host. Only a thirty minute train ride from Bologna is the historic town of Modena, which you'll soon discover has much more going for it than being the home of Ferrari and world famous balsamic vinegar! Explore this ancient town with your like-minded Local Host and stroll through elegant medieval porticos and the Piazza Grande, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit landmarks like the Duomo and Palazzo Ducale. Taste gastronomic delicacies, of course including the city’s traditional balsamic and Lambrusco wine, and enjoy lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant or a traditional osteria.
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2-hour private tour of Bologna

Stroll through the historic center of Bologna with a private guide during this walking tour. Learn about architecture from a local as you explore squares, arcades, churches, and palaces. See top landmarks including Piazza Maggiore and the old market, Mercato di Mezzo. Customize this private tour according to your interests.
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BOLOGNA: PERSONALISED FULL DAY WITH A LOCAL

Discover Bologna as you would if you were visiting a friend who lived there, someone who knows their city, and you, inside out! Whether you want to tick the most famous attractions off your bucket list or discover an off the beaten path local neighbourhood, your local will create a personalised experience just for you. See the highlights, immerse yourself in Bolognese culture and live like a local for a day as you stroll through the city, indulging in gastronomic delicacies that Italy’s food capital is famous for and visiting inspiring landmarks and historic sites. So ditch the guidebook, and with your host by your side to navigate, see the real Bologna like a local.
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Private Tour: Bologna's Porticoes Walking Tour

Bologna is known for its elegant, arched porticoes that stretch for some 25 miles (40km) around its streets. Steeped in history, these covered walkways all have stories to tell, and there’s no better way to learn about them than from a private guide. Check out the most interesting porticoes, hear about their history and learn about the traditional wooden examples that helped solve the city’s medieval housing shortage.
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Private Food Tasting Bike Tour Bologna

Explore Bologna bike on a private and customizable tour. Pedal past historic architecture and learn about the city’s history form your guide and stop at a bottega or a historic grocery store where you are introduced t local delicacies. Sample meats, and wines and learn about local food production and culture. This tour is Ideal for visitors looking to get under the surface of Bologna and to taste some traditional Italian food.
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Bike Tour in Bologna with Gelato Tasting

With limited traffic and a tranquil vibe, the level streets of Bologna’s historic center could have been designed for bike touring. Discover the beauty of the city’s medieval buildings and ancient porticoes with a professional guide. Along the way, taste artisan gelato from a store under one of the prettiest colonnades.
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Bologna cultural walking tour

Meet clients under the Vault of Palazzo del Podestà. Introduction of the tour to the participants. Walking tour outside and inside the most important and historic buildings of the city centre, either civil or religious architectures. The clients will have an indepth into the Bolognese culture starting from the foundation of the town during Etruscan and Roman age until the present days through a lively and open/interactive discussion about society and traditions over the times. Customers will have an explanation of the most remarkable feauters of this city: the influence of the religious order, the presence of brilliant local artists and the birth of the firt University in the world. In the end, the tour will have a conclusion inside the area of the market to see how important food and gastronomy are for the citizens of this city.
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Self-guided tour: The oldest University in the world

The oldest university of the world, from the birth in 1088 to the clashes of 1977. “Clerici vagantes”, colleges, traditions: where is the campus though? A secret trip into the most ancient and extraordinary university of the world, through the medieval city and the city of today. In collaboration with the Historical Archives of the University of Bologna.
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Bologna Christmas with a Local Host

On this private and personalised experience, discover the traditions and gourmet treats that make the festive season in Bologna so special as you explore Christmas markets and beautifully decorated medieval porticos. Wander through Bologna's historic streets draped in twinkling lights and traditional red and green garlands, soaking up the festive atmosphere and visiting the best loved Christmas spots in the city. Indulge in festive treats and traditional Christmas favourites like pandoro, see the famous nativity scenes, browse the Santa Lucia Christmas Market for hand-made gifts and decorations and stroll through the Mercato di Mezzo buy gourmet foodie gifts and sample some of the traditional Christmas delicacies! With a Local Host, you can eat, drink and be merry Bolognese style!
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Discover Bologna an amazing city

The beauty of Bologna is not only that it's got (almost) everything that you expect of a big city, but on a human scale, Bologna is not only the seat of the oldest Western World University, founded in 1088, it also has an established reputation of capital of gastronomy and a well preserved medieval city centre containing some 40 kilometres of porticoes built over 1,000 years.
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PRIVATE TOUR CLASSIC BOLOGNA

Explore the best that Bologna has to over on this 2.5-hour private bike tour. Pedal through the city with your guide and see key landmarks like the University of Bologna, one of the oldest in the world, Piazza Maggiore, a few of the city’s important churches, and Giardini Margherita. Learn about the history of the city from your guide and take in the beautiful views of the medieval city.
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BOLOGNA BY RUN: Sightseeing running tours

With our sightseeing running tours you will breathe in the magic that is Bologna and be part of its ancient and medieval history. Far from the anxieties of traditional tourism, your adventure with your running guide will be unforgettable as you learn about Bologna, feel good, and better appreciate the fabric of the city, its history, and its soul. Three tours are available to better satisfy the runner/tourists needs and tastes. Nevertheless, all three offer the chance to appreciate distinct facets of the dazzling cultural, architectural and natural beauty of this unique city.
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Typical Bolognese Lunch with a local

Live an authentic culinary experience in Bologna. Learn about authentic Bolognese cuisine with a local and taste a special menu of Italian specialities.
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Food Tasting Walking tour of Bologna

Bologna is best known worldwide not only for its University, the oldest one in Europe, its never-ending porticos or its historic and artistic heritage, but also for its culinary culture and tradition. Fondly called “The Fat one” by locals, Bologna is in fact gastronomic Capital of Italy.The tour starts every day from Monday to Sunday at 10.00 am and lasts 2.5 hours  
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BOLOGNA BETWEEN PORTICOES AND GELATO: A TOUR THAT MUST BE SAVOURED

On this  two-hour guided tour perfect for both children and adults, you will discover the city as well the secrets hidden at the back of the best  gelato shops in Bologna. An experience that must be savoured!
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Bologna: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Join this guided tour of Bologna’s old center, one of the best preserved in Europe. You'll walk through fascinating squares and welcoming typical arcades, and have the chance to visit historical churches and stunning ancient palazzi.
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