• Location: Bologna, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Maurice M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A well constructed tour covering the main sights of the city. A busy tour, there were lots of us, so we used the audio to hear the comments.Native guide's English was very clear. Gave us a good introduction to the city.

mara

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very good, great tourguide!

Debbie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great value tour, much better than expected even if the guide was late arriving.... Her knowledge and warmth made up for that and so glad I booked this activity. The walk is flat but some stairs are needed to be climbed in one or two of the stops.

Stanley Adams W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Visiting a new city, taking a city walking tour helps to identify key sites, be able to pass the lines at some locations and to learn about the history and culture of the area. We had an English speaking guide and with the use of the head sets, we were able to hear all of the comments as we went on the tour. Bologna has 28 miles of porticos and the guide pointed out how those evolved to the full extension over the sidewalks. The areas above the porticos were lodging areas for students and without the city guide, that point of information might have been overlooked. We had access to the Theatro Anatomico where anatomy lessons were conducted on cadavers as well as viewing the terracotta sculpture of the Lamentation of Christ. The tour helped to open our eyes to another Italian city.

Mary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

The guide was very knowledgeable and built the history of the city as we toured. Would highly recommend and well worth the money.

David L United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful and the tour was very interesting.

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!

gardengoo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

EXCELLENT

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

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