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Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

1. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

Take a classic walking tour through the streets of the Bologna city center. With this guided tour, discover the history of Bologna and its major cultural attractions. Make stops at the Asinelli tower, Neptune fountain, and the Basilica of San Petronio. Meet your guide and walk through the city streets admiring the architecture and discovering the most-famous cultural attraction. See the towers of Bologna and marvel at their height and significance. Then, stroll through the Quadrilatero Market, and learn important historical facts. Make a wish at the Neptune fountain and see if it comes true. Then, gaze at the Basilica of San Petronio, as your guide shares its story and welcomes you into the city of Bologna.

From Bologna: Roundtrip San Luca Train Ticket & Food Tasting

2. From Bologna: Roundtrip San Luca Train Ticket & Food Tasting

The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Situated on the Monte Guardia, the Sanctuary connects to the city center through the longest continuous portico in the world, made up of 666 arcades. At the meeting point, you'll receive a map and a timetable of the return train, which is available every 45 minutes. You’ll also receive a voucher for the food tasting.  This tour departs every day and will help you discover the city from aboard the San Luca Express train, where the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you about the city until your arrival at the Basilica of San Luca. Here, you can visit the Basilica at your own pace and decide what time to return by consulting the schedules on the map. On board, you will find a member of staff who'll welcome you and provide any information you may require. When you return, you will get to taste typical products in one of the historical markets.

Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli Entrance Ticket & Food Tasting

3. Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli Entrance Ticket & Food Tasting

Take in the incredible views from the tallest leaning medieval tower in the world, built between 1109 and 1119. The panoramic view from the Torre degli Asinelli will take your breath away.  After the tower visit, enjoy a food tasting of Bologna's typical products in the city center.

Bologna: City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour

4. Bologna: City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour

Discover Bologna beyond its architecture and renowned food with a guided walking tour of the city, focusing on the city's lesser-known wine scene. Taste different varieties, learn from a true wine expert, and explore the city. Embark on a tour of some of the best wineries in the city center, guided by a real local wine expert. Learn about the Colli Bolognesi wine region as you explore. Move from an enoteca to an osteria, where you'll have the chance to taste real wines from the Colli Bolognesi area and the Emilia Romagna wine region. All the wines will be explained and all of your curiosity satisfied. Depending on the length of tour selected, enjoy 2 to 5 different wines produces in the region. If you choose the 3-hour tour, you will also enjoy some local food in the oldest tavern in town.

Bologna: Hands on Home Cooking Class

5. Bologna: Hands on Home Cooking Class

You will be hosted in a cozy apartment in Bologna. Learn to cook like a Bolognese in a typical Bologna home. Get hands-on help preparing your own lunch or dinner from a friendly chef during this activity. This experience consists of preparing some specialties of Bologna culinary tradition. Begin by preparing the dough for your pasta. Learn how to make tagliatelle and tortelloni then fill them with ricotta cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, garlic, parsley, nutmeg, white pepper, and salt. Then make some delicious ragù for your pasta. After, enjoy your pasta with some delicious wine and a local dessert.  

Bologna: Wine Tasting Tour in One of the Oldest Inns

6. Bologna: Wine Tasting Tour in One of the Oldest Inns

Enjoy a unique wine-tasting experience in one of the oldest locandas, Bologna's famous inns. Hear about the local grape varieties and the history of wine production from an expert guide. Taste 3 delicious DOC wines paired with delightful local treats. Discover the quality of the wines produced in Bologna's 3 main wine-growing areas: the Bologna Hills, the area of the Reno plain, and the Imola Hills. Learn about local wines, such as the white grape Pignoletto, and the Sangiovese and Lambrusco red grape varieties. Finish your tour with a delicious tasting of 3 wines, accompanied by typical foods.

Bologna: Pasta & Tiramisu Cooking Class at Local Home

7. Bologna: Pasta & Tiramisu Cooking Class at Local Home

Learn the secrets of Bologna’s most famous pasta dishes and tiramisu in a local home, and then taste the fruits of your labor for lunch or dinner accompanied by regional wines. During a private cooking lesson from a friendly local host, learn how to prepare 2 distinctive pasta recipes and a tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your expert cesarina host will reveal the tricks of the trade behind these iconic dishes during a fun and informative experience.  Challenge yourself by putting your cooking skills to the test and impress your friends and family once home with a delicious Italian meal.

Bologna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

8. Bologna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, as you enjoy an exclusive show cooking and taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". This experience will enable you to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks are also included, and consist of water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee.

Bologna: E-Bike Guided Tour with Brunch or Aperitivo

9. Bologna: E-Bike Guided Tour with Brunch or Aperitivo

Get off the beaten track in Bologna and ride by e-bike. Discover the hidden jewels of the hills and gardens and learn their meaningful history. Visit local producers of traditional cheeses and have a tasting. Try different wines from the wineries and enjoy the option for lunch at a farmhouse. Take the option of a full or half-day tour and meet your guide at the bike rental shop in Casalecchio di Reno. Learn the basics of riding an e-bike, perfect for all fitness levels. Set off on your adventure and discover Bologna's natural beauty. Find the secret spots and beautiful views missed by many on the standard tourist track. Soar over the hills, marvel at the gardens, and work up an appetite for local wine and cheese. Stop and enjoy a domestic cheese tasting and pair it with some fine wine from a local vineyard.

Bologna: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

10. Bologna: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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based on 450 reviews

This tour was a bit of a splurge, but it was a very efficient use of 7 hours on the last day of our vacation. My daughter and I were given private tours at all of the places we went and it was truly an incredible experience. Tasting different ages of parmesan cheese and then getting to sample 50 year old balsamic vinegar. How else are you going to do that?? Just amazing. Also got to purchase everything we tasted at a fraction of the price it would cost in the United States. If you're a true foodie, you need to do this!

We had a great time with Damiano! He was patient with us with the bikes and very knowledgeable about Bologna. The little bar at the end with wine and pastries was awesome!

Wow! I never knew there was so much unique and interesting history living side-by-side in Bologna! Alberto really made this city come to life in stories!

Great host. Traditional Italian family and enjoyed a lovely dinner enjoying our pasta with other travellers.

Very knowledgeable guide. Easy to understand her English.