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Notable Porticoes in Bologna - page 2

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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Learn to Cook Regional Italian Cuisine with a Local in a Rural Estate Home

Learn to Cook Regional Italian Cuisine with a Local in a Rural Estate Home

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Join local host Chiara on her farm outside Bologna for a hands-on private cooking class. Learn how to cook three dishes from scratch, including tagliatelle pasta with prosciuttio di Parma and lemon zest. Catch a glimpse into local life as you share the meal you helped to prepare with your host. Local wine is included and a vegetarian option is available.
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Wine experience Bologna hills

Wine experience Bologna hills

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Fun day to discover the wines of the Bolognese hills. immersed in the panorama of the hills the Tour includes: Pick up at the hotel Private round-trip transfer Companion 2 Visits to Producers of Typical Wines from the Bologna Hills Lunch in a Trattoria based on typical products Memory picture
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Bologna Half Day Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

Bologna Half Day Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

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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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Private Ravenna Tour with Transport from Bologna

Private Ravenna Tour with Transport from Bologna

Check out the sights of Ravenna on a private day trip from Bologna. Traveling with your own personal guide, you'll spend half a day in Ravenna, a city loved for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and its wealth of architecture and mosaics. Learn of its Byzantine and Roman history as you explore, and discover areas such as Piazza del Popolo and the so-called Dante enclave.
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2.5-hour Bologna City and University Walking Tour

2.5-hour Bologna City and University Walking Tour

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Bologna University is the oldest of its kind in Europe, dating back to the 11th century, and this 2.5-hour walking tour provides a fascinating insight into the historic institution. With a small group of up 15 participants, admire the university buildings; see the Archiginnasio Palace, Museo Medievale, and Renaissance Palace; and stroll around Piazza S. Domenico.
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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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Pagani Ducati Lamborghini Factory and Museum Day Tour from Bologna

Pagani Ducati Lamborghini Factory and Museum Day Tour from Bologna

The ideal outing for luxury automobile enthusiasts, this full-day private tour includes visits to the Ducati, Pagani, and Lamborghini museums and factories. See where your favorite high-end Italian supercars are made, right in the region where they first originated. Tours include a traditional lunch in Bologna; upgrade to test drive a Lamborghini or try out a Formula One simulator.
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Ferrari Driving Experience on a Racetrack

Ferrari Driving Experience on a Racetrack

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Drive a Ferrari on an Italian race track during a driving tour near Bologna. Open up the power of the Ferrari F458 Challenge as you speed around the track five times. Your professional Ferrari driving instructor shares driving and safety tips for the experience of a lifetime. Upgrade to include round-trip transport between the racetrack and Bologna.
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Private Pasta-Making Class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Bologna

Private Pasta-Making Class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Bologna

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Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruit of your labour accompanied by a glass of local wine. You'll have a fully equipped workstation with utensils and ingredients and your local host will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipe, handed down by generations of mammas and nonnas. After the class, sit down at the table with your Italian family and taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. This experience is held by Cesarine, Italy’s oldest network of home cooks and wine experts. Cesarine are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences. Every host is reviewed for authentic culinary traditions.
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 Bologna Food Farm Excellence Tour With Lunch

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 Bologna Food Farm Excellence Tour With Lunch

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A unique experience to visit and touch the production of Emilia gastronomic excellences, including parmigiano reggiano, lambrusco and modena gold, vinegar. Visit the local factories and family-run producers for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of products appreciated throughout the world, including Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar of Modena and Lambrusco and Pignoletto wine Program : 8:00 am Pick up at the hotel in Bologna 8.10 am Departure Tour in Private Transfer 9:00 Guided tour of the dairy producing Parmigiano Reggiano with tasting 10:30 Guided visit to the Historical Acetaia with tasting 11:40 Guided tour of the winery with tasting 13:00 Light Lunch wine included 14:30 Return to the starting points n.b The stages may undergo logistical changes and the dairies and the vinegar factories may be different from those listed.
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Bologna Private Walking Tour

Bologna Private Walking Tour

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Explore the beautiful and historic capital of Emilia-Romagna on this private 2-hour walking tour in Bologna. See the highlights of the bustling city and hear about Bologna's university, the oldest in the world. Learn about Bologna's fascinating history, dating back to 1000 B.C., and how the city remains popular among Italian and international students. Discover this fascinating and Medieval town with your private guide.
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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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E-Bike tour on the hills of Bologna

E-Bike tour on the hills of Bologna

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See a side of Bologna that many visitors overlook—and enjoy unparalleled views of the city—with this electric bike tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and set off with just a small group for company. You’ll visit photogenic green spaces like the Parco Giardini Margherita and Parco di Villa Ghigi, will admire city panoramas, and will even bike to the hilltop Sanctuary of San Luca.
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Bologna Private Food Tours with a Local: 100% Personalized

Bologna Private Food Tours with a Local: 100% Personalized

Discover why Italians call Bologna “La Grassa” (the fat one) on a 100% personalized private food experience with a local host hand-picked to suit your interests. Experience the city’s decadent cuisine and Emilia-Romagna’s fantastic produce as you share antipasti followed by two courses and two drinks per person at an authentic restaurant locals love. Leave with insider foodie tips to see you through your stay.
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Bologna Wine Tasting in One of the Oldest Inns

Bologna Wine Tasting in One of the Oldest Inns

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Are you in the city and want to taste the best local wines and typical products without leaving the center? This tour is for you! Spend an afternoon or evening in one of Bologna's oldest wine bars and wineries, famous all over the world for its wines and salami and cheeses. Tour includes: - Local escort - 3 tastings of typical local wines with description - Platter of cold cuts and cheeses with homemade bread and breadsticks - walk to one of the historic areas of the center
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Modena Day Trip from Bologna with a Local: Private & Personalized

Modena Day Trip from Bologna with a Local: Private & Personalized

Take the train from Bologna to explore the historic town of Modena with a local host. Visit landmarks including the Piazza Grande, which together with Modena Cathedral and Torre Civica hold UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Have lunch at a local restaurant that fits your style and budget, sampling the balsamic vinegar and Lambrusco wine the region is famous for. The experience is completely customized to your interests.
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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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Stay Hungry Stay Bologna. Pasta Class with an Italian Chef

Stay Hungry Stay Bologna. Pasta Class with an Italian Chef

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SUMMER 2021, I got vaccine so it will be a safe experience and Covid free..100% safety for my guests !!! 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 home made pasta Bologna is the italian capital of homemade pasta, I will show you some tricks I've learned from my grandmother and some unique ways to fill the pasta get ready for a stunning day in the kitchen ... easy and fun!
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Ferrari Full Day Experience with Test Drive, Lunch and Ferrari Gadget included

Ferrari Full Day Experience with Test Drive, Lunch and Ferrari Gadget included

Sports car enthusiasts can take a deep dive into the universe of “La Rossa” with this exclusive Ferrari experience. Visit the Ferrari museums in Maranello and Modena, as well as the Fiorano test track at the Ferrari factory. Get behind the wheel of a powerful 488 Challenge for a spin around the track and 488 Spider for a road test, and feel like a Formula 1 driver in a professional simulator.
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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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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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Vinegar Balsamic Experience with Private Transfer

Vinegar Balsamic Experience with Private Transfer

A fantastic experience in the heart of the Food Valley. The perfect place to visit for anyone who wants to discover the history and millenary tradition of the famous "Black Gold" of Modena Guided tour + tasting Basics of the grapes used, visit of the cooking environments. Acetification and aging in wooden barrels. Afterwards there is the possibility of tasting directly from the barrel. Illustration of the various qualities of balsamic vinegars with tasting Note: The vinegar factory visited may vary based on availability.  
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Private Pasta & Tiramisu Class at a local's home with tasting in Bologna

Private Pasta & Tiramisu Class at a local's home with tasting in Bologna

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Immerse yourself in a private pasta and tiramisu-making class in a welcoming home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and tiramisu and taste the fruit of your labour for lunch or dinner accompanied by local wines. - During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your host will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. - Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages. This experience is held by Cesarine: Italy’s oldest network of 1000+ home cooks all over the country in more than 500 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.
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Day Trip from Bologna to San Marino

Day Trip from Bologna to San Marino

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The dimensions in size are the only thing small about San Marino. This independent state boasts one of the highest GDP per capita, no national debt, and a budget surplus. But more than two million visitors a year don't flock to San Marino to enjoy its low unemployment rate; they come to view the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte Titano. Monte Titano stands 2,425 ft above sea level and has the most terrific fortress at one out of its three peaks. On another peak lies Guaita, with its castle and tower. The astonishing views from any of its peaks are sure to be crossed off your bucket list.
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