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.
Morning or afternoon walking tour of Bologna with a guide
Traverse Bologna’s historical center and learn about the city’s past and present
Visit lively streets and squares including Piazza Maggiore and Piazza della Mercanzia
Admire interesting architecture at Basilica di San Petronio and the Two Towers
View important sculptures such as the bronze Fontana del Nettuno
Hear live narration loud and clear using the headphones provided
Meet your guide at the tourist information office on Piazza Maggiore for either the morning or afternoon walking tour, where you’ll get headphones (if the group is larger than eight) in order to better hear the guide during your visit. The first major attractions you’ll see are right in Piazza Maggiore, including the Neptune Fountain (Fontana del Nettuno in Italian) that has become one of the city symbols, and the Basilica di San Petronio. The enormous church is unfinished outside, and there are some interesting features inside which your guide will point out. Your next stop is the Piazza della Mercanzia, where food stalls line side streets so you can see the colorful produce that’s in season and local to this region. Then you’ll make your way to the Archiginnasio, which was once the home of the University of Bologna - the world’s oldest university, opened in the 11th century. After basking in the glow of Bologna’s historic university, you’ll walk to the Church of Santa Maria della Vita to see an impressive collection of 15th-century life-sized terracotta figures mourning the dead Christ. The final stop on your tour is at the base of the two leaning towers in the heart of historic Bologna, known as the Due Torri in Italian. The Asinelli is the taller tower, which you can climb (not part of the tour), while the Garisenda’s tilt is too severe to allow climbers.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Oct 2018
I'm not sure if it was advertised to be in 2 languages, but we spent 50% of a 2 hour tour standing around while the same thing was explained a second time, in a language we did not understand. After an hour we abandoned the tour.
The tour was enjoyable and informative but I was traveling with a teen who was wearing shorts.
I was not aware that an important part of the tour would be inside of a church or I would have made sure that my daughter would have dressed accordingly. She was denied entry and we missed twenty minutes of the tour. A large chunk considering the tour was approximately an hour and a half.
Please disclose the locations and appropriate dress in the description of the tour.
It would avoided humiliating a teen and missing out on an important part of the tour.
I was only in Bologna overnight and had hoped I would get a sense of the city. The tour was in English and Italian which doubled the amount of time at each location. The guide was knowledgeable but couldn't keep the group on track. We spent a great deal of time at Nemo ( facing the back of the fountain) and the church. We had to run to the museum and only had 20 minutes because we arrived late. Then spent a great deal of time on the different kinds of pasta and balsamic vinegar. I wouldn't recommend this.
Awful tour. Most of the group were English speaking approx. 20 people, 6 were Italian. The Italian guide spoke very accented English and was difficult to understand with or without the microphone. She only engaged with the Italians . The English speakers looked bored and wandered off from the group. We 4 of us, stuck it out for 20 minutes before giving up. I complained to the Tourist Office but got an unsympathetic ' well there is nothing we can do'.
Don't bother with this tour... get a guide book and ask the very helpful locals.
Great experience! you got all the information on history and background of the main attractions - and we even went inside some- we ticked all the boxes and had a very interesting tour. Well worth your time and money!
The guide was good, was knowledgeable and spoke English. The two hour walk with visits to various museums, churches and interesting places was a good introduction to Bologna at the start of our break, and whetted our appetite to explore more.