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Notable Porticoes in Bologna

Notable Porticoes in Bologna

Almost 25 miles (40 kilometers) of porticoes, or shaded arcades, line the streets of the Italian city of Bologna. Simultaneously functional and architecturally beautiful, the porticoes provide outdoor promenades that are protected from sun and rain. Here’s where to find the best examples throughout the center of Bologna. 

Piazza Maggiore

Dating back to the 13th century, this square has porticoes on three sides. Each side has its own architecture and character, reflecting the era in which they were built and the style of the designer.

Via dell'Indipendenza

Dating back to 1888, the porticoes along Via dell'Indipendenza are relatively new compared to other historic walkways in Bologna. Connecting Piazza Maggiore to the railway station, this road is lined with shops, and the wide walkway offers shelter from the weather.

San Luca

Stretching almost 13,125 feet (4,000 meters), the porticoes along Via San Luca and Via Saragozza were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. This covered walkway was considered a religious route and leads to a church, the Madonna of San Luca (Santuario Madonna di San Luca). 

Via Marsala

Some of the oldest examples of this architecture style can be seen in the wooden porticoes of Via Marsala, dating back to the 13th century. 

Via Zamboni

You can see porticoes from different eras in history along Via Zamboni, once the home of many noble residences now belonging to offices and universities. A range of architectural styles and intricate details are displayed here. 

Piazza Santo Stefano

Two sides of this square are lined by porticoes dating back to different moments in Bologna’s history from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Craftsmanship on the columns and arches is especially noteworthy.

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Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting

Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Follow your senses on a full-day culinary tour of Bologna’s famous food region. Visit local factories and family-run producers for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of products enjoyed around the world, including Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Modena balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, and wine. Enjoy samples of fresh, hand-crafted products along the way and indulge in breakfast and multi-course Italian lunch with wine pairings. It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the sights, smells, and tastes of Emilia-Romagna!
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Bologna Food Tour from a local perspective

Bologna Food Tour from a local perspective

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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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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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Secret Food Tours Bologna w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tours Bologna w/ Private Tour Option

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Treat your hungry self to a food tour of Bologna, and discover why the city is known for its love of gastronomy. With a local guide, you’ll savor breakfast, then sample fresh pasta, balsamic vinegar, cheese, wine, gelato, and even a secret dish—to be revealed on the tour. Explore the city by foot in between tastings, and learn about Bologna and its food heritage through the tour. Just let the local supplier know in advance if you have special dietary requirements.
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  • 4 hours
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Ferrari Lamborghini Pagani Factory and Museum Day Tour from Bologna

Ferrari Lamborghini Pagani Factory and Museum Day Tour from Bologna

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Motor Valley is home to some of Italy’s most iconic car manufacturers, but the factories and museums are hard to get between. Save hours with this tour that takes you to three of the top destinations for sports car enthusiasts in Emilia Romagna: the Ferrari Museum; Lamborghini Museum and Factory; and Pagani Museum and Factory. Stop to taste the area’s famed traditional balsamic vinegar and relax over lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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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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Ravenna's Heritage Highlights Private Day Trip with a Local

Ravenna's Heritage Highlights Private Day Trip with a Local

How much Italian heritage can you pack into one day? The answer is ‘a lot’ when you go on a private day trip to the fabulous city of Ravenna! Your friendly and knowledgeable local host will be by your side as you travel by train from Bologna, to show you all the iconic sights and help bring history alive with facts, stories, and insights. Fast forward 1500 years, and much of heritage that is still intact, from Byzantine basilicas to a beautifully preserved royal mausoleum. In fact, there are no fewer than 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ravenna! Of all its many treasures, the city is best known for its mosaics, and you’ll be taken to see some exquisite examples. Beyond these mosaics are plenty more fabulous sights, including the marble basin of the Neonian Baptistry, the 570 golden stars inside the Mausoleo of Galla Placidia, and the eye-catching mix of architecture at the octagonal Basilica of San Vitale. If you’re interested in history at all, this is a must-do trip!
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  • 7 hours
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The 10 Tastings of Bologna With Locals: Private Food Tour

The 10 Tastings of Bologna With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Eat your way through Bologna's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour will leave every foodie satisfied! Enjoy tastings typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food like Tortellini fritti and Formaggio Bianco Bologna. But that's not it! This tour is more than just food; it's a cultural experience! In between food stops, you'll also find city highlights making this experience a well-rounded tour that will satisfy every foodie. Withlocals The 10 Tastings Private Food Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.
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  • 3 hours
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From my Kitchen: Home cooking lessons at Grazia's house

From my Kitchen: Home cooking lessons at Grazia's house

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If on your trip to Bologna you feel the desire to totally immerse yourself in the local culinary culture, you are in the right place, welcome to Grazia's kitchen! I offer a cooking lesson which includes the preparation of two types of fresh egg pasta, with two different typical condiments, including Bolognese ragù. It will be a well-balanced cooking lesson, a part with my show cooking where I will show you various sizes of Italian pasta and a part with your hands in dough and a rolling pin. When everything is ready we will sit at the table set with my grandmother's tablecloths, you will taste the freshly prepared dishes according to homemade recipes. Local wine, water and coffee, surprise desserts. Possibility of vegetarian menu on request and many news on the history of food and a small recipe book will be sent by email to be able to cook at home for your friends
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Private Arrival Transfer: Bologna Airport to Florence Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer: Bologna Airport to Florence Hotel

Reaching Florence from the Bologna airport by public transportation can be time-consuming. Save hours with this private transfer with a professional driver that includes pickup directly at the airport and drop-off at your hotel or other accommodation in Florence. Relax on board with Wi-Fi and bottled water, arriving at your destination refreshed and ready to explore.
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Ferrari Full Day

Ferrari Full Day

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Live a full day in contact with the Ferrari Myth. An incredible tour that will take you to visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Guided tour of the Fiorano factory and runway, and the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, all including an excellent lunch at the farmhouse Program From Bologna: 8.30 Pick up at the hotel or at the meeting point 8.40 Departure for Maranello in Private Transfer 10:00 Visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello 12.30 Tour by bus from the factory and the Fiorano track 13.30 Lunch in a Farmhouse Near Maranello 15:00 Visit Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena 16:15 Return Program From Milan 7:30 am Departure with Altavelocità train to Bologna 9:30 am Departure from Bologna for the Ferrari Museum 10:30 Visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello 12.30 Tour by bus from the factory and the Fiorano track 13:30 Lunch in a Farmhouse Near Maranello 15:00 Visit Casa Enzo Ferrari Modena Museum 16:45 Return to Milan by train
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Bologna Private Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

Bologna Private Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

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Explore the historic streets of Bologna with a private guide leading the way during this walking tour. See top landmarks including Piazza Maggiore, taste espresso under the famous portici (arched colonnades), and wander through the Montagnola Market. The itinerary can be customized according to your interests.
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  • 5 hours
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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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Real Traditional Taste of Bologna

Real Traditional Taste of Bologna

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FOR THIS SUMMER EXPERIENCE WILL TAKE PLACE IN A LOCAL RESTAURANT IN DOWNTOWN Bologna So there will be more safety, social distance and we use a professional kitchen. Great opportunity! Restaurant will be all for us, private use of the place! it's a lifetime experience to get in touch with local food and local tradiotion .. you will be able to learn some secrets and go back home and surprise your family and friends with a real dish of pasta bolognese!
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Bologna Private Food Tour with a Local Foodie: Bologna's Tastiest Treats

Bologna Private Food Tour with a Local Foodie: Bologna's Tastiest Treats

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Follow your senses — and a gourmet guide — around Italy’s culinary capital on a private food tour in Bologna. Remove the guesswork from choosing eateries and let a local show you the best delis, cafes, markets, and bakeries scattered through the historic city center. Sample Bolognese specialties like tortellini and mortadella, discover new favorite dishes, and rest your feet over an aperitif at an open-air market.
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  • 3 hours
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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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Bologna traditional food tour - Do Eat Better Experience

Bologna traditional food tour - Do Eat Better Experience

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Bologna is known as a culinary hotspot, and this walking tour offers an excellent overview of the city’s food scene. Visit a historic center with local food boutiques in addition to several cafes. Sample the city’s culinary offerings including wines, cheese, pasta, espresso, and either gelato or cake depending on the season.
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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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Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Bologna

Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Bologna

Italy has a vast and varied culinary heritage, and our local hosts are proud to share its hidden secrets. Share your passion for Italian gastronomy with other lovely guests, immerse yourself in the vibrant local market and enjoy an authentic hands-on cooking class. You'll visit the local market with your Cesarina host, who will teach you all about how to select the best ingredients with the seasons. Then, you'll return to their home, warm up with an Italian Aperitivo and enjoy the class. You'll learn how to make one iconic Pasta type, typical of the city you are visiting, and the famous Tiramisu. After the class, you will enjoy everything you've prepared with local wines. This experience is the perfect choice if you want to encounter the real Italian regional gastronomy through genuine connections, food, and friendship.
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  • 5 hours
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Live an afternoon as a chef!

Live an afternoon as a chef!

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If you're off your adventures, the best way to experience local life is through its food! Cà Bianca Bio Agricultural Company is a peaceful and breath-taking place in the hills of Bologna.
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  • 4 hours
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Food tour: Parmesan Cheese Balsamic Vinegar Red Wine, delicious lunch

Food tour: Parmesan Cheese Balsamic Vinegar Red Wine, delicious lunch

This tour is a fantastic opportunity to discover how some of our food specialities are produced. It's very interesting to learn all the phases of the parmesan cheese production. This tour finishes first with the visit to the storage, where hundreds of wheels sleeps and then with a tasting of 24months aged Parmigiano. The Balsamic Vinegar is called also the Black Gold, because it needs a long and patience process of min. 12 years! A tasting of three different aged balsamic vinegar finishes this tour. You will continue to taste the Vinegar during the lunch: tortelloni home made, meat with potatoes, dessert… all with drops of Balsamic Vinegar. The wine production of this area is very important: the visit starts with a guided tour inside the private Museum of Wine Traditions, and it continues into the cellars where bottles today stay and finishes with a tasting of 3 different wines.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Ascent to the Asinelli Tower More tasting Typical Protots

Ascent to the Asinelli Tower More tasting Typical Protots

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Are you in Bologna and don't want to miss the opportunity to climb the Torre degli Asinelli and enjoy the view of the city? But at the same time do you want to taste our typical products and a good ice cream? Well this tour is for you One of our guides will accompany you to the climb of the tower where you will enjoy a crazy view. On the way back, our guide will accompany you to the historic shops of Bologna to taste and smell the aromas of our typical cold cuts and cheeses and to finish off with an excellent artisan ice cream Just booked our staff will agree directly on the details and times. If your hotel is located in the center of Bologna we will come and pick you up at the hotel
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  • 2 hours
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Local market visit and dining experience at a local's home in Bologna

Local market visit and dining experience at a local's home in Bologna

Italy's Cesarina program connects travelers with local "home cooks," known as cesarinas, in an effort to promote the Mediterranean country's rich culinary traditions. With this experience, you'll get to join a ceserina as she shops in a local market, watch her make typically Bolognese preparations, and sit down to dine on a four-course meal, served with local wine.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Bologna City Walking Tour

Bologna City Walking Tour

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Enjoy a classic walking tour through the streets of central Bologna visiting its main cultural attractions. Explore some of the picturesque squares, archiginnasio and beautiful city buildings on this 2-hour group tour
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  • 2 hours
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$33.11
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