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Bologna City Walking Tour

  • 2-hour morning or afternoon walking tour of Bologna with a guide
  • Traverse Bologna’s historical center and learn about the city’s past and present
  • Visit lively streets and squares including Piazza Maggiore and Piazza della Mercanzia
Bologna City Walking Tour
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Morning DepartureMost Popular
Walking tour departing at 10:30am
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Afternoon Departure
Walking tour departing at 4:45pm
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Afternoon Departure Sundays
Walking tour departing at 3:00pm
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See Bologna’s main attractions and vibrant markets during a 2-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Visit sights like the massive Piazza Maggiore, incomplete Basilica di San Petronio church, famous Neptune Fountain, and the iconic two towers that each lean in a different direction. Learn about Bologna’s culinary prowess in a country that is serious about food.
What to Expect
Meet your guide at the tourist information office on Piazza Maggiore for either the morning or afternoon walking tour, where you’ll get headphones (if the group is larger than eight) in order to better hear the guide during your visit.

The first major attractions you’ll see are right in Piazza Maggiore, including the Neptune Fountain (Fontana del Nettuno in Italian) that has become one of the city symbols, and the Basilica di San Petronio. The enormous church is unfinished outside, and there are some interesting features inside which your guide will point out.

Your next stop is the Piazza della Mercanzia, where food stalls line side streets so you can see the colorful produce that’s in season and local to this region. Then you’ll make your way to the Archiginnasio, which was once the home of the University of Bologna - the world’s oldest university, opened in the 11th century.

After basking in the glow of Bologna’s historic university, you’ll walk to the Church of Santa Maria della Vita to see an impressive collection of 15th-century life-sized terracotta figures mourning the dead Christ.

The final stop on your tour is at the base of the two leaning towers in the heart of historic Bologna, known as the Due Torri in Italian. The Asinelli is the taller tower, which you can climb (not part of the tour), while the Garisenda’s tilt is too severe to allow climbers.
Reviews (116)
1 - 5 of 28 reviews
Reviewed 15 October 2018
Glad We Did It

The tour ran around one hour and 45 minutes. Our guide did the tour in both English and Italian, but that wasn’t a problem as it just gave us a few extra moments to look around while he was briefing the crowd in Italian. We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Shannon228
Reviewed 8 October 2018
Disappointing - avoid

I asked if there was a tour in English and was told there was so I booked it. It turned out to be in English and Italian with the guide spending more time on the Italian. His English was not good and he delivered it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank David W
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile
Totally recommend

Firstly I have to point out that our experience was the antithesis of the last few negative reviews. We had a guide who was knowledgeable, enthusiatic, energetic, and passionate about his city. Our tour tour started at 1030hrs on Monday 24th Sept from the Welcome...More

Thank GladiatorDelWino
Reviewed 14 September 2018
What a waste of money!

I was told that the tour was conducted either in English or Italian. That was not the case. The tour was conducted in both languages. This was a waste of time as you are waiting one hour out of two hour tour for the guide...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank john22Netherlands
Reviewed 6 September 2018
Knowledgeable guide, but

I have been on quite a few city tours whether paid in advance or free tours. I don't want to criticise or put the guide down as the tour was well organised, the annoying little headphones worked well and more importantly, the tour guide really...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Andrew S
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