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Bologna Piazza Maggiore Tours

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Bologna Piazza Maggiore

Bologna’s beating heart is Piazza Maggiore, in the city’s old center. A classic example of Renaissance town planning, it is one of the most graceful public squares in Italy.

The pedestrianised square is surrounded by the Basilica di San Petronio, the Palazzo Communale (city hall), palatial public buildings and Bologna’s trademark covered walkways ringed by arches.

Sit at an outdoor cafe to enjoy people watching in the sunshine during the day, and visit in the early evening to see the beautifully floodlit Fountain of Neptune, sculpted in 1566.

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To get here from the station, take a stroll south down Via dell'Indipendenza.

Address: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
Admission: Free
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Food Tours

Food Walking Tours in Bologna with lunch

Bologna is one of Italy’s culinary capitals, famous for Italian specialities like parmesan cheese, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar. On this tour, discover Bologna’s foodie hotspots with a local guide; visit cafés, restaurants, and artisan food shops; and sample a variety of regional foods and wines. End the morning with a delicious lunch of tagliatelle al Ragu, Bologna’s signature dish.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Photographic Walking Tour of Bologna

The first visit to Bologna is always an exciting discovery; some fall in love with its narrow and ancient streets; some enjoy walking under its magic and never-ending porticos and yet some just relax with a glass of wine and a dish of cold cuts. This amazing tour offers to the photography enthusiasts a unique perspective of the city, combining a pleasant bike tour with the best photo stops: you will be able to capture and immortalize many significant moments of the tour through wonderful picture shots. Your passion for framing and details will combine with the pleasure of discovering Bologna’s culture and traditions. Throughout the tour you will enjoy plenty of stops inside the city centre and its surroundings, admiring incredible sites out of the tourist classic tracks, in an unforgettable experience.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

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WINE & COCKTAILS WALKING TOUR

A fantastic experience in the heart of Bologna where you can taste excellent Italian wines and exquisite drinks accompanied by small themed tastings among the most historic and trendy bars in the center of Bologna!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Have fun discovering Bologna with a treasure hunt around the town center!

We'll all meet at one of Bologna's iconic central locations and we will explain how the treasure hunt works. After our briefing you'll start at the same time, using the maps, clues and riddles we provide. You can work in groups, teams, families or separately, all options are possible. A bit of competition can add to the fun. During your quest you'll walk through some beautiful parts of Bologna, exploring piazzas and porticoes, discovering people and palazzos. We're confident you'll like what you see. Thinking too much and lots of observing. Great for inquisitive minds of all ages. Throughout your hunt we'll stay at the start point and be ready to take your phone calls if you need to 'phone a friend'. And when you return from your Bologna adventure, there's the treasure chest to open. Will you be the first to win some 'treasure'.
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Segway Tours

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BOLOGNA. CHEF'S SALE - Self-guided treasure hunt

Take a tour of the historic center of Bologna with new eyes, far from the stereotypes of classic tours. Through the itinerary that offers you the hunt you can discover a Bologna that maybe you do not know and at the same time have fun finding the clues that will lead you to discover the mysterious code to save the Bolognese cuisine. And you can do it with your time and your pace, without having a maximum time to respect and above all learning something new.- This is a fun and unique way to explore Bologna- Wear comfortable shoes to easily walk around town- This activity works well with colleagues and friends- You can start the treasure hunt at any time
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Photographic Bike Tour of Bologna

Photography buffs sometimes miss out on the most picturesque spots when visiting an unfamiliar city. With this bike tour created specifically for shutterbugs, you’ll be sure to capture Bologna’s beauty and charm. Follow your guide on bike to the most photogenic corners of the historic center, stopping to snap its endless porticoes, majestic squares, and historic shops and cafés.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

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Food Tour of Bologna

A journey to discover the unique, intense and unmistakable flavors of the Bolognese gastronomic tradition, from the snack at the oldest bakery in the city to lunch in the most trendy and panoramic restaurant in the city.Photoshoot of the experience, provided by a local professional registered in the register, included in the package, with immediate delivery of the photos taken.
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  • 120 to 180 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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Italian Ice-Cream Bike Tour in Bologna

A Bike tour to combine the incredibly rich and vast historic and cultural heritage of Bologna with its likewise famous and delicious Ice-Cream!!! You will admire the incredible characteristics of Bologna’s architecture, like the famous “Porticos” and “Ancient Defensive Towers and be fascinated by its cultural heritage riding through the medieval “Jewish Ghetto”, seeing the oldest University in Europe and visiting the amazing Church of S.Stefano .Cycling between the majestic Piazza Maggiore enclosed by some of the most important buildings in the city, and the main landmarks of the City an Ice-Cream tasting will render your experience unforgettable: you will in fact be guided to 2 of the best Artisanal Ice-Cream shops in Bologna. Depending on the weather conditions your guides will take you to the city park Giardini Margherita, with its Art Nouveau chalet and English style gardens, for a nice green stroll in the shade and an ice-cream.
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  • 2 hours
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Bologna Food Walking Tour

Discover Bologna from a culinary perspective on this food walking tour. With a knowledgeable guide, visit one of the city’s oldest food markets, and check out traditional food shops like a bakery and pasta maker. Learn about Bologna’s culture, architecture and history as you enjoy tastings of cheese, cured meats, bread, chocolate, gelato and more. It’s a delicious way to get to know this Italian foodie mecca.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Ferrari Museum Maranello Private Tour from Florence

Visit Museo Ferrari in Maranello, Italy, on this 9-hour tour from Florence with private transportation. You'll head out of Tuscany and into the region of Emilia-Romagna. Explore the museum (own expense), then travel to Bologna where you'll have ample free time to explore the cities historic center. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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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  • 2 hours
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Multi-day Tours

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5-Day Best of Italy Trip

Visit Italy’s top destinations — Florence, Siena, Assisi, Venice and more — on this 5-day tour from Rome. With a mix of free time and guided portions, this is an ideal introduction to the regions of Umbria and Tuscany. Check out the historical cities of Assisi, Siena and Montepulciano; soak up Florence’s wealth of art and architecture; and then continue to Padua and Bologna before arriving in Venice, home to sights like St Mark's Basilica. Four nights of accommodation in Florence and Venice and round-trip transport by coach are included.
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Food Tours

Classic Bologna Food Tour

Explore the culinary traditions of Bologna with this half-day food tour. Join a guide for a small-group walking tour and taste local specialties such as Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Bolognese ragu, and mortadella. Begin the tour with a gourmet coffee, visit markets, and meet artisans at work to see how tortellini are made. Lunch at a historic osteria and a gelato tasting are included.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Cooking Classes

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Pro Cooking Class, Market Visit and Lunch at the Culinary Institute of Bologna

Bologna is famous for having one of the richest cuisines in Italy, and you can get to know its proud food culture from market to table with this experience that includes a market tour, city sightseeing walk, food and wine tastings, and a hand-on cooking class at CIBO, the Culinary Institute of Bologna. Cap off your day of food and fun with lunch to enjoying the dishes you’ve just prepared.
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  • 6 hours
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Multi-day Tours

10-Night Italy Tour: Rome, Florence, Venice and Sorrento

See the best of Italy on a comprehensive 10-night tour from Rome to Tuscany, Venice and Sorrento. During these 11 days in Italy, you’ll visit some of the country’s greatest hits, including Siena, Florence, Bologna, Naples, Capri and UNESCO-listed Pompeii. Compare the historical sites and rich cultures of these different areas of Italy while admiring top attractions like the Florence Duomo, St Mark’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Accommodation at 3- or 4-star hotels is included.
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Cultural Tours

Half a Day In Bologna, Your Way

A great tour for first-time visitors, you’ll see the city with a local guide who has a passion for Bologna. The tour is completely customizable—visit a cafe for a snack based on your dietary preferences (or maybe some grappa), indulge in a bit of shopping, or check out a few art galleries. Learn about the city’s Medieval and Renaissance history and explore the plazas and old buildings downtown.
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  • 4 hours
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Rail Tours

Italian Food and Museo Ferrari Small-Group Tour from Verona Including Lunch

Combine food and Ferraris on this full-day tour from Verona. Catch a high-speed train to Bologna, and discover the culinary and automobile highlights of the region. Visit a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto factory with tastings at each, and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Ferrari Museum at Maranello. Admire the cars, and finish with a 4-course gourmet lunch before your return train ride. Lunch with drinks, train tickets, and entrance fees included.
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  • 12 hours
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Walking Tours

Bologna City Walking Tour

See Bologna’s main attractions and vibrant markets during a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Visit sights like the massive Piazza Maggiore, incomplete Basilica di San Petronio church, famous Neptune Fountain, and the iconic two towers that each lean in a different direction. Learn about Bologna’s culinary prowess in a country that is serious about food.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Day Trips

Emilia-Romagna Day Trip to the Ferrari Museum, Bologna and Fico Eataly World

Get a thrilling taste of Italy on this day trip to the Ferrari Museum. Departing from Florence, head first to the Emilia-Romagna region to admire handsome memorabilia and models at the Ferrari Museum. Explore Ferrari Museum independently to see impressive Ferrari models and memorabilia Test-drive a Ferrari or Lamborghini (additional cost). This tour includes free time in Bologna and in Fico Eataly World.
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  • 11 hours
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Cultural Tours

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CLASSIC WALKING TOUR BOLOGNA

A classic walking tour through the streets of central Bologna visiting the major cultural attractions of the cityAt the end a small tasting of local products.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Bologna Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

On this history-packed, small-group tour of Bologna, you’ll discover a mix of top attractions and under-the-radar sites. Wander along medieval-era canals, see a pair of towers that lean more than Pisa, and learn about the origins of the spectacular buildings in Piazza Maggiore. You’ll listen to entertaining facts and legends along the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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BOLOGNA FOOD WALKING TOUR EATING FOR THE CENTER

 Take small pieces of heaven home one bite at a time. Stroll with our guide to the center of Bologna, tasting the culture and tradition of the culinary art of Bologna Between stories of history and tastings of Bolognese specialties.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Food Tours

Bologna Small–Group Food Tasting and Walking tour

The birthplace of mortadella, tortellini, and Bolognese sauce, Bologna is a city fit for food lovers. On this small-group tour, you’ll follow in locals’ footsteps when you explore the city’s marketplaces, chat to artisan vendors, browse the Quadrilatero district, and learn more from your guide about the city’s culinary legacy. As you go, you’ll also enjoy samples of local treats, including prosciutto, cheese, espresso, and more.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Small-Group Italian Food and Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Florence

Immerse yourself in the food, wine, and cuisine of Bologna on a full-day food tour from Florence with a local foodie guide. Learn about the history and production of Parmesan, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, and wine, with tastings at each location. This small-group culinary tour includes round-trip train tickets from Florence, a guided tour of Bologna, four tours and tastings, and a six-course traditional lunch with locally-made wine.
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  • 12 hours
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