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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
Afternoon Departure
Walking tour departing at 4:45pm
Afternoon Departure Sundays
Walking tour departing at 3:00pm
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.
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Reviewed 29 June 2018
Its OK but only covers very small area of the city centre, and is in two languages

Its not really a walking tour, its a standing tour with a few short walks! The guide goes into quite a lot of detail about each place first in English, then in Italian. So a LOT of standing.What you do not get from this tour...More

1  Thank Paul Schofield
Reviewed 19 June 2018
Abandoned the tour after 20 minutes standing outside the tourist information centre.

Abandoned the tour after 20 minutes standing outside the tourist information centre. Really struggled to find the guide interesting and I became bored quickly (not like me). Decided to go on a tour bus instead which was engaging and enjoyable.

Thank dragonriver2
Reviewed 19 June 2018
Magically awesome

Idyllic place to feel the renaissance atmosphere present in each corner about city, street musicians, great monuments behind great stories

Thank Segundo T
Reviewed 13 June 2018
good tour

I went for a city tour and it was a good one! Just perfect introduction into Bologna historical center. I also used Bologna welcome card, which was very usefull as I like museums. The entrance to many museums is free with that card and you...More

Thank izi f
Reviewed 3 May 2018
We never did get a booking.

With only one day available in Bologna, we tried to book online on a Friday evening, for a Walking Tour at 10.30 a.m. on the following Sunday. We supplied credit card details at the time. We had an automatic reply from Viator to say we...More

6  Thank Judy S
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