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See Bologna’s main attractions and vibrant markets during a 2-hour 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.


  • 2-hour 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

What You Can Expect

Bologna City Walking Tour

Gaze up at the Two Towers on this tour

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.

Customer Reviews

Gregory S A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour guide for our Walking Tour was excellent I'm sorry that I didn't catch her name. She did the tour in both English and Italian and she moved us along, even though it was pretty cold. I have been to Bologna many times, but never took a tour. I saw things I had never seen before. I especially enjoyed the Anatomy Room in the original University of Bologna the first University in Europe and the amazing law library in the Archigennasio. From there we went to the Church of Santa Maria della Vita and saw the incredible terracotta statues of Niccolo dell'Arca. Incredible images of Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene and others standing over the body of Jesus laid in the tomb. I have never seen such expressions of pain and grief on statues before. They are masterpieces We then got to the Basilica of San Petronio in time to see the meridian line displaying the sun at its highest point in the sky on the floor of the Basilica. The whole tour was excellent and I highly recommend it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016


Edward W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was extremely knowledgable and shared many tidbits of information not found in a guidebook or history book. Well worth the the time

Christopher V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Informative and enjoyable

Roy G United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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. The tour content took us into areas we could revisit later.

Alyse A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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 things we did in all of Italy. I highly recommend the tour. The only tip I have is to bring cover ups for your arms and legs. I wasn't aware we were going into a church during the tour and missed out on that part because I didn't have anything to cover my shoulders and legs. My husband wore a tank top and also could not go in. You can buy a cover up for one Euro in the church, but we just arrived and didn't have any cash on us.

Randal USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful information and sightseeing!

Ramona F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Beautiful and lovely tour. Best way to learn about Bologna.

Elizabeth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

very interesting tour and we seemed to explore everywhere! brilliant value and a great guide highly recommend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very nice tour. Knowledge and friendly guide.

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