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Notable Porticoes in Bologna - page 4

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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Private Bologna Tours by Locals, Highlights & Hidden Gems 100% Personalised

Private Bologna Tours by Locals, Highlights & Hidden Gems 100% Personalised

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Follow one of our friendly hosts around the walled medieval city as they show you the best of what their home has to offer. You’ll feel as if you’re exploring the vibrant piazzas and cobbled stone streets with a friend as you pop into stores, marvel at the towering turrets of the Due Torri and enjoy a creamy gelato. Whether you want to tick off the most famous attractions like Piazza Maggiore, San Petronio Church, Mercato di Mezzo and the Fontana di Nettuno or simply amble down the sidewalks and follow your feet, the day is yours! Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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From Bologna: 3-hour Private Guided Ferrara Tour

From Bologna: 3-hour Private Guided Ferrara Tour

If the delays and impersonality of group tours are not for you, immerse in the Renaissance beauty of Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a private guide. Traveling to and from Bologna by private transfer, admire key attractions from Palazzo Schifanoia to the cathedral, from Este Castle to Palazzo dei Diamanti.
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 Florence - Bologna / Private Transfer (up to 8 pass.)

Florence - Bologna / Private Transfer (up to 8 pass.)

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Book your private transfer Florence - Bologna / one way or roundtrip. Your driver will be waiting for you at a scheduled time and you will travel comfortably to your destination. • Meeting with a Nameplate • We track your Flight • Door-to-door Service • No Hidden Charges • Clean cars & Professional drivers
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  • 1 hour 36 minutes
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 Florence - Bologna / Private Transfer (up to 3 pass.)

Florence - Bologna / Private Transfer (up to 3 pass.)

Book your private transfer Florence - Bologna / one way or roundtrip. Your driver will be waiting for you at a scheduled time and you will travel comfortably to your destination. • Meeting with a Nameplate • We track your Flight • Door-to-door Service • No Hidden Charges • Clean cars & Professional drivers
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Walking Tour of Ferrara

Walking Tour of Ferrara

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Be sure to see both the famous sights and hidden gems in the Renaissance city of Ferrara with this guided walking tour. Take a deep dive into the history of this UNESCO-listed treasure, visiting its imposing cathedral, castle, and palace with a guide to learn more about these architectural highlights. You’ll also take in the former Jewish Ghetto as well as hidden cloisters and gardens—all in just a few 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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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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Bolognese cooking class with tasting at Casa della sfoglina

Bolognese cooking class with tasting at Casa della sfoglina

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Learn how to make fresh stuffed pasta like tortellini Discover the aromas and flavors of true traditional Bolognese cuisine. Enter a local house for a private cooking class Taste a dinner with the pasta you have prepared
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Bologna Private Transfer from Bologna Airport to City centre

Bologna Private Transfer from Bologna Airport to City centre

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Take the worry out of your arrival at Bologna Airport and pre-book a private transfer to suit your group size (up to 8 people). Avoid the long lines for taxis on arrival, and travel in the comfort of a Premium car or minivan.
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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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Pasta Masterclass with a Local in Bologna

Pasta Masterclass with a Local in Bologna

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Learn to make fresh pasta from scratch with a small-group cooking class in a home kitchen, where you’ll sip a glass of wine or beer as you make batches of tortellini and tagliatelle. When you’ve prepared the fresh pasta, sit down to the gourmet meal you’ve created, joining a group of fellow food-loving travelers for a hearty dinner.
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Private City Kickstart Tour: Bologna

Private City Kickstart Tour: Bologna

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Receive a warm welcome to Bologna on a private tour that will kick off your time in the city in the best way possible! In only 90 minutes, a local guide will get you acquainted with Bologna to help you enjoy the rest of your stay to the fullest. Discover where to find Piazza Santo Stefano and Ghetto Ebraico, and how to explore them away from the crowds. And what about that unique family owned restaurant or that amazing local hotspot? We got you covered; the local guides are experts in the subject! Forget about touristy traps; on this city kickstart tour, your guide will point you in the right direction. Private City Kickstart Tour: Bologna 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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The art of the Italian Aperitivo with a local: Learn & Enjoy in Bologna

The art of the Italian Aperitivo with a local: Learn & Enjoy in Bologna

Learn how to prepare a selection of five elegant appetizers to pair with with a refreshing glass of prosecco or wine, ideal for sharing with friends in the early evening. The aperitivos will be bite-size representations of local culture, using typical regional ingredients and accompanied by local wines, such as a sparkling prosecco or a light red.
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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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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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Historical Walking Tour Shops

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Historical Walking Tour Shops

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Discover the history of the Bologna Gastronomic shops. With this tour you will be able to touch the essence of the capital of food, discover the oldest bottles and talk directly with the people who have handed down the culture of food in Bologna for generations. the tour includes: Certified guide Guided tour of the Bologna markets Espresso 2 Tastings of cheeses and cold cuts 1 voucher for homemade ice cream
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Food markets tour with a local!

Food markets tour with a local!

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I will bring you to the typical and local food markets. We will go shopping in the best food shops of Bologna, where usually locals go. We will taste local salumi, local cheese and home-made pasta, and local wine of course! We will go also to a special ancient indoor market, where you can buy specialities of the town to bring home! I will suggest you what to but and how to cook it. We Will also have amazing gelato! You will enjoy the special atmosphere that makes the district so special, lively and energetic while learning more about things you can’t miss when visiting Bologna. For DISCOUNT contact me also on my instagram: @my.bologna IMPORTANT: the price of the food and the drinks are not included, everyone will pay for himself, i will suggest you what to buy, to taste, and where, i will be your "food guide" ! (If you want to try all that i suggest, you will spend not more than €17/18 each person).
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Bologna Literature Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

Bologna Literature Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

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Discover Bologna through a literary lens on a 3-hour private walking tour. Follow your local guide to the city’s world renowned libraries, along with charming independent bookstores. Learn about the archeological site on which the university library stands today and see special spots in the city which inspired some of its most famous authors. Bookworms, history nuts, and Italophiles alike, are sure to find the personalized tour an enriching experience.
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Ferrara Bike Tour

Ferrara Bike Tour

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One of the jewels of the Emilia-Romagna region, the UNESCO-listed city of Ferrara is famous for its lavish architecture. Get up close and personal with the city and its sights on an immersive bike tour. Explore the banks of the River Po, see the moated Castello Estense, discover the Ferrara Cathedral, and learn about the ruling Este dynasty, who made Ferrara a major capital of Renaissance Europe.
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San Luca Experience Tour and Food Tasting

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San Luca Experience Tour and Food Tasting

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The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. At the meeting point you will receive from a member of our staff a map and a table with the timetables of the return train, available every 45 minutes. At the end, one of our staff will accompany you inside the historic market for a fabulous tasting of typical products and a glass of wine. This tour departs daily and will help you discover the city aboard the San Luca Express train, on which audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you the history of the city until your arrival at the Basilica of San Luca. You will be able to visit this sacred place at your own pace and you can decide what time to return by consulting the timetables on the map. On board you will find staff who will welcome you and answer your questions. On your return you can taste the specialties of Bologna with 2 typical tastings
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Name your recipe:Food Market Tour and Workshop with a Local Home Cook in Bologna

Name your recipe:Food Market Tour and Workshop with a Local Home Cook in Bologna

Have you ever been to a local market and traditional food shop in Italy? This is your chance to visit a market with a local expert, choose your most inspiring ingredients, and create and name your very own two recipes.  Go food shopping with your host and choose 3-5 staple ingredients that capture your imagination before immersing yourself in a private cooking class at their home. With their expert guidance, you will learn how to prepare your chosen ingredients and make your own two Italian creations. Cultivate your creativity and confidence in the kitchen by adding an Italian flair to your dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. 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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Bologna Vegan Tour with a Local Foodie: 100% Personalized & Private

Bologna Vegan Tour with a Local Foodie: 100% Personalized & Private

You’ll join one of our friendly hosts and explore the plant-based side of Bologna, which few visitors taste! Begin your experience by strolling through the Botanical Gardens, getting a feel for the indigenous plants that grow there. Afterward, you might like to try out one of the innovative vegan bistros in the city, like Botanica Lab or Centro Natura. All dishes are made with fresh, seasonal products and will suit all tastes. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 3 hours
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$154.07
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Departure Private Transfer: Bologna City to Bologna Airport BLQ by Business Van

Departure Private Transfer: Bologna City to Bologna Airport BLQ by Business Van

Why spend your precious time waiting in long shuttle or taxi lines. Avoid the language barrier and currency exchange. Travel in style from your Hotel in  Bologna City to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi International Airport BLQ by private vehicle and reach your final destination relaxed and refreshed.
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  • 20 minutes
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$74.12
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Learn to Make Bolognese Pasta: Private Cooking Lesson in Bologna with Giovanna

Learn to Make Bolognese Pasta: Private Cooking Lesson in Bologna with Giovanna

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Enjoy a private and authentic cooking class in a local Bologna home with your host Giovanna. This is a perfect experience for anyone looking to connect with local culture over food. Your cooking class will take place in a local home kitchen where Giovanna will teach you 2-3 traditional Italian dishes from her family recipes, a pasta, sauce and a side dish or dessert. After cooking, you will enjoy your meal together. Your host Giovanna is a warm and gentle retired history and philosophy teacher who has lived in Bologna for over 60 years. She lives in an apartment in a large villa with her daughters Francesca and Laura. She learned to cook from her mother and grandmother and from her husband’s family. She loves cooking for family, friends and guests and particularly enjoys widening her culinary repertoire with new dishes she learns on her travels. She enjoys introducing guests to Bologna's snacks such as crescentine, tigelle and piadine in addition to its pastas, vegetables and desserts.
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  • 3 hours
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