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How to Spend 1 Day in Bologna

How to Spend 1 Day in Bologna

With its medieval town center and legendary food, Bologna beckons for several reasons. Explore the city by bike, stroll through markets with a local guide, or rent a Vespa to maximize time in the city. Here are our tips for how to get the most out of one day in Bologna. 

Morning: Bologna Basics

Get your bearings in Bologna with a city sightseeing tour. Choose between a small-group or private walking tour and set out on foot with your guide to see popular landmarks including Piazza Maggiore, the Neptune Fountain, and Basilica di San Petronio. To cover more ground, opt for a Segway or bike tour and learn about the history and culture of Bologna as you cruise. Themed sightseeing tours are also available, such as a street art–focused bike tour that exposes travelers to the city’s vibrant contemporary art scene. 

Afternoon: Flavors of the City

Discover the traditional tastes of Bologna, a city with a serious reputation for food. Bring your appetite on a food-themed walking tour through the city and visit markets, bakeries, pasta makers, and traditional food shops for samples of cheese, cured meats, gelato, and more. Some food tours have themes, such as pasta, mortadella, and chocolate, while others connect visitors with hungry locals eager to share tips for their favorite off-the-beaten-path restaurants and cafés. Meet the makers behind tortellini and pizza as you explore the city on foot.

Night: Climb Aboard a Vespa

Zip through the medieval town center on a Vespa. Choose between exploring independently with a Vespa rental or joining a guide for a scenic ride throughout Bologna. See the city lit up after dark and step into the shoes of a city resident that uses a Vespa for daily transportation. For a less adrenaline-pumping option, enter a local home for a traditional cooking class complete with dinner. Learn some of the secrets behind Bolognese cooking, roll out fresh pasta, and feast on the dishes you prepared along with new friends. 

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Bologna Half-Day Walking Food Tour and Tasting for Small Group

Bologna Half-Day Walking Food Tour and Tasting for Small Group

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Bologna is home to one of the best cuisines in Italy—where favorites like tortellini and were created—but it can be a challenge for travelers to find down-to-earth meals in the restaurant circuit.  With this tour, a guide takes you to at least half a dozen restaurants and cafes serving dishes away from the tourists. It’s an immersion in local gastronomy with pasta, salumi, pizza, wine, and gelato.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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Street Art BikeTour in Bologna

Street Art BikeTour in Bologna

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The Italian city of Bologna is home to some of Italy’s most stylish and skilled street artists, with colorful murals and dazzling displays round every corner—but knowing where to find the best art takes local knowledge. On this bike tour, spin along safe cycle paths with your guide to lead the way, and head straight to the latest and most impressive pieces of street art. Along the way, learn how the locals preserve and protect Bologna’s vibrant creativity.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bologna Traditional Home Cooking Class with Lunch or Dinner

Bologna Traditional Home Cooking Class with Lunch or Dinner

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Learn to cook with an experienced chef in Bologna — Italy’s famous food capital. Roll up your sleeves and learn authentic recipes from the Emilia-Romagna region, including an appetizer, homemade pasta dough and fillings, a savory second course, and a delicious dessert. When the cooking’s done, sit down to enjoy your well-earned feast with new friends and a glass of wine.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.93
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Bologna Segway Tour

Bologna Segway Tour

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See Bologna, with its narrow streets, crooked medieval towers and miles and miles of arcaded walkways, from a different perspective: from a Segway. Cruise around this handsome Italian city on a Segway, learning about the history of each place, and seeing major landmarks, such as the five-hundred-year-old Fountain of Neptune, the Basilica di Santo Stefano, and much more. This small-tour is limited to just eight participants, which means you’ll get plenty of attention from the local guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$133.61
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Price varies by group size
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