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Bologna Piazza Maggiore Tours

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.

Practical Info

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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2-Hour Bike Tour of Bologna

2-Hour Bike Tour of Bologna

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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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Classic Walking Tour Bologna

Classic Walking Tour Bologna

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A classic walking tour together with a private guide through the streets of the center of Bologna visiting the major cultural attractions of the city and the history of local gastronomy to discover all the secrets of the city that our guide will tell you. At the end a small tasting of local products in a historical shop.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$97.71
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Withlocals 10 Tastings: Safe & Private Bologna Food Tour with a Local Expert

Withlocals 10 Tastings: Safe & Private Bologna Food Tour with a Local Expert

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Please be aware that this tour is adapted to the local regulations post Covid-19. Our hosts will deliver this experience with the required equipment always keeping the distance suggested by local authorities. It will be safe and entertaining! Ready to taste the best food in Bologna?Satisfy your cravings for local food and culture with highlights along the way, together with a foodie host. Enjoy 10 delicious tastings that range from torta di riso, Crescenta, and Lambrusco on a tasty food tour in Bologna. Fall in love with the flavorful Italian cuisine on this delicious food tour in Bologna! Enjoy a selection of 10 food and drink tastings hand-picked by your foodie local host, just for you. From yummy must-tries like the piadina, a thin Italian flatbread filled with a variety of cheeses, cold cuts, and vegetables, to unique dishes like Tortellini fritti, bites of crispy filled pasta, that legend says, was inspired by Venus’ belly button; you’re in for a treat, so bring your appetite.
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  • 3 hours
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$100.02
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Classic Bologna Food Tour

Classic Bologna Food Tour

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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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Private Walking tour and Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna

Private Walking tour and Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna

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Learn the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine with a traditional home cooking experience in Bologna. This 4-hour tour will introduce you to Bolognese specialties as you tour the local market, watch a tortellini-making demonstration at a local home, then tuck into delicious pasta lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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2-hour Walking Tour of Bologna

2-hour Walking Tour of Bologna

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With a large historic center that was built over millennia, Bologna is rich in important architectural and cultural monuments. Be sure to see all the highlights with this guided walking tour that touches on the Cathedral and Fountain of Neptune in Piazza Maggiore, the city’s two most famous medieval towers, and the university—the oldest in Europe—along with other important attractions.
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  • 2 hours
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A Half Day In Bologna With A Local: Private & Personalized

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A Half Day In Bologna With A Local: Private & Personalized

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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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Historical Tour of Bologna

Historical Tour of Bologna

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A mix of art masterpieces, history, food stories, legends and secrets described by a local art lover with a great experience and knowledge of the city. The tour itself will be like a dive into history and time. All information about art will be experienced by the visitors as a trip enriched with details about life, food, culture, music and traditions of those ages.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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Bologna : a walk into history

Bologna : a walk into history

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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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  • 3 hours
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Food Tasting Walking tour of Bologna

Food Tasting Walking tour of Bologna

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Bologna’s cuisine is so famous that the city is known as “La Grassa”, or “The Fat Lady”, for its rich local specialties. This guided walk combines sightseeing with tastings so you can experience both the city’s cultural and gastronomic treasures in one tour. Pair highlights like the Cathedral of S.Petronio and Fountain of Neptune in Piazza Maggiore with two gourmet stops during your visit.
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  • 2 hours
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$60.25
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Local market visit and private cooking class at a local's home in Bologna

Local market visit and private cooking class at a local's home in Bologna

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Learn the secrets behind traditional recipes from Bologna during this private cooking class, complete with a local market visit. Get tips for selecting the best ingredients at the market and then settle into the chef’s home in the Bologna city center for a cooking class. Prepare three courses and then feast on everything you cook alongside a variety of local red and white wines.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Bologna Food Tour with Wine Tasting & Guided Sightseeing of Top Attractions

Bologna Food Tour with Wine Tasting & Guided Sightseeing of Top Attractions

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Bologna’s traditional cuisine is so important to the city’s identity that it is known affectionately as “La Grassa”, or “The Fat Lady”. With this walking tour, explore both the cultural and culinary highlights of this vibrant city, taking in its main square, churches, and towers, as well as strolling through the historic market to sample local specialties and wines—all while learning about their history and significance with a guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$119.30
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Bologna By Night Food & Wine Walking Tour

Bologna By Night Food & Wine Walking Tour

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Allow yourself an evening break enjoying a walk in the historic center where you can discover the secrets of the city while having fun with a drink and a taste of typical products.  Program: Meeting in Piazza del Nettuno  Piazza Maggiore Via D'Azeglio Piazza Galvani Quadrilatero Historical market Two towers Piazza Santo Stefano Tasting
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$113.34
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Ice-Cream Bike Tour in Bologna

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 porticoes and the 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 Santo Stefano or Sette Chiese. 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 make 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 Giardini Margherita park, 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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$54.23
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Bologna Food and Wine Walking Tour

Bologna Food and Wine Walking Tour

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contact me on IG @stayhungrystaybologna infos and SPECIAL deals! I'll show you my favorite places, I'll help you to discover the few true local spots in town, where a true bolognese goes shopping and eat. The places who made our city famous, making what is now called the food capital of italy! We meet in "piazza maggiore", the heart of Bologna and we will walk around downtown making 6-7 stops Oldest meat and fish market Fruit market Cheese shop Best sliced pizza Visit to the pasta shop where tortellino was invented! Typical and local sandwich place Bakery with 150 years old recipe of cake! Oldest Hosteria of Italy since 1465 for some wine and champagne Best Gelato place of town While we walk I'll be happy to share story and colture of the city, with some secrets just few local knows;) I will send you PDF with all informations and places! I will be happy to give you guide to all good restaurants, things to do, and book you places..this is a full package deal for your visit!
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  • 2 hours
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$47.00
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Bologna Walks

Bologna Walks

A mecca for foodies and music lovers, Bologna is a bustling city that hosts Europe's oldest university and features countless historic and architectural treasures. Starting from Piazza Maggiore, the city’s medieval heart, you’ll explore the major landmarks that recount Bologna’s splendid past and present, such as the imposing Basilica of San Petronio, once an important public space that hosted major events like the coronation of Emperor Charles V in 1530, and the Archiginnasio, the former seat of the University of Bologna and now home to an impressive Anatomic Theatre. Your guide will lead you under the city’s famous porticoes and through the alleys of the Quadrilatero, the medieval market lined with stands and old shops selling local delicacies. You will see also Torre Asinelli and Garisenda, the two leaning medieval towers that are commonly identified as the symbols of the city.
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  • 3 hours
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$185.57
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Best walking tour of Bologna

Best walking tour of Bologna

Welcome to the magical city of Bologna! On this 2-hour walking tour, you will get to experience the architectural wonders of the city, which offers every style, from Gothic, to Baroque, to Renaissance to Classical. Our tour begins at the Archiginnasio Palace, which serves as the main office building for the oldest university in the world – University of Bologna. After, we will walk to Piazza Maggiore, where the Basilica of San Petronio is located. Following this, we will head to Piazza del Nettuno, which is formed by three administrative buildings placed together. Next, we will see Palazzo del Podestà, which has become the Bargello Museum. Thirdly and lastly, we will explore Captain of the People’s palace. After, we will see two different towers: the Asinelli tower and the Garisenda Tower. The first offers a panoramic view of the city, but not before climbing more than 400 steps. To conclude your tour, we will explore the area of Quadrilatero, which is home to markets and shops.
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  • 2 hours
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$144.60
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Bologna Tour of Must-See Attractions with Local Top Rated Guide

Bologna Tour of Must-See Attractions with Local Top Rated Guide

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The ideal introduction for first-time visitors to the history-filled city, this half-day, private walking tour of Bologna covers top attractions. Listen to in-depth commentary from your own art historian guide, and enjoy a personalized travel experience adapted to you and your party. Highlights include Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica di San Petronio, and the Mercato di Mezzo.
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  • 3 hours
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$190.39
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Bologna Half Day Private Walking Tour and Tastings

Bologna Half Day Private Walking Tour and Tastings

This is the ideal tour if you want to know in depth the history and architecture of the historic center and end with a delicious food and wine tasting of our excellences. In the first part of the tour we will discover more about history, art and culture of Bologna. We start in Piazza Maggiore with the main attractions all around like Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo d'Accursio, Basilica of San Petronio. Then we continue in the Archiginnasio Palace, to finish in front of the two towers. In the last part of the tour we will focus about the gastronomic tradition of the city (nicknamed Bologna "La Grassa" "The Fat") talking about Mortadella, Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano and other deli that make the city and our region so famous in terms of food! The tour will end with "The Experience", that is, the tasting of a board of the best cold cuts and local cheeses paired with a glass of wine in the medieval market area.
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  • 3 hours
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$132.55
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Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Bologna with private official tour guide

Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Bologna with private official tour guide

Bologna, the capital of the Reggio Emilia region, is one of the most historical cities in whole Italy. It’s existence dates back to 1000 BC. The city hosts the first university in the whole World. You will enjoy, with your private official tour guide, getting to know the most emblematic and representative sites of the city. Bologna has a very active public life and high economic activy. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance.
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  • 3 hours
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$267.51
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Private Bologna’s Wine & Bites Walking Tour with a Local

Private Bologna’s Wine & Bites Walking Tour with a Local

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Imagine sipping delicious Italian wine in an authentic bar filled with locals. Let a local host in Bologna make this your reality! Discover Bologna’s relaxing bars and blend in with the regulars while you enjoy delicious local wine paired with Italian bites. 7 delicious tastings included. Start your experience at an award-winning wine bar where you’ll enjoy a glass of light and fruity sparkling Italian wine paired with some tasty local cheese. Then stroll through the city and admire the historic canals! Step inside a homely bar beloved by the locals. Sip on a glass of sparkling red wine with an Italian classic, parmesan cheese. The rich and salty flavors of the cheese paired with the citrus and floral notes of the wine are a match made in heaven. Follow your local host through the city’s old market and then weave your way to a local osteria (Italian restaurant). This local favorite has been serving wine since 1465 making it one of the oldest in Bologna.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$98.93
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The best of BOLOGNA and RAVENNA on a Private Tour

The best of BOLOGNA and RAVENNA on a Private Tour

Thanks to this FULL DAY tour you'll have the chance to discover the stunning wonders of this land: Bologna and Ravenna. Both cities were protagonists in the historic panorama of this part of Italy. The presence of the University, the oldest in the Western world, has made BOLOGNA a cultural center of extraordinary importance. We'll visit the most evocative monuments and places in the city center. RAVENNA, a Unesco site known worldwide because of its early Christian era mosaics, gives you the opportunity to see preserved monuments from the 5th and 6th century. We will meet in Bologna in the morning and we will visit the city center highlights. Then together we'll catch the train to Ravenna. * I would be happy to customize this tour so that it fits your requirements best!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$416.87
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Bologna Full Day Private Tour

Bologna Full Day Private Tour

A full day in the city of Bologna visiting all the major attractions of the city together with a private guide It starts in the morning with a guided tour of the city with a certified expert guide. During the visit it will be possible to climb to the Asinelli towers. We continue with a typical lunch in a historic trattoria in the city and afterwards together with the guide you can go up to San luca with the train included in the price and visit the beautiful Basilica and enjoy the fantastic panorama. Upon returning, a delicious homemade ice cream
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$216.90
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$216.90
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Bologna City Center Private Tour with a Local Guide

Bologna City Center Private Tour with a Local Guide

Get an insider's view of Bologna, known as one of Italy's cultural and culinary capitals. This private walking tour gives you the undivided attention of an art historian guide, who reveals stories and secrets behind Bologna’s fountains, palaces, and churches. See highlights of the medieval city center, learn about important former residents, and browse the delicious products of the Emilia-Romagna region at a typical market. Ask all the questions you like for a personalized introduction to beautiful Bologna.
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  • 3 hours
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$180.75
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$180.75
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