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Bologna Food Walking Tour

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This 3.5-hour walking food tour offers five mouth-watering tastings. While exploring wide and narrow alleys in the maze of the Bologna Medieval Market, you will literally taste Bologna’s essence, touring five hidden food gems that we have carefully selected to give you an authentic local experience. The tour is led by an expert local host, that will unveil ancient secrets and stories that will give insights of Bologna’s traditions and culture.

In order to let you taste Bologna like a local, we will take you to:
- A fresh pasta workshop, where you will have the chance to see veteran pasta artisans at work!
- Bologna’s most ancient deli store, where you will taste a special selection of cured meats and cheeses
- A pasta shop to sit down and have a dish of fresh, hand-made pasta: tagliatelle al ragù, tortellini or tortelloni at your choice!
- A traditional gelato shop
- The oldest bakery in town, to taste their delightful “torta di riso” (rice cake)

Simply the best!
You'll start at
Piazza Maggiore
Piazza Maggiore, Bologna BO, ItalyPiazza Maggiore by the Neptune Fountain, at the corner with Caffé Vittorio Emanuele
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  • 1
    Piazza Maggiore
    Stop: 15 minutes -
  • 2
    Fontana del Nettuno
    Stop: 5 minutes -
  • 3
    Basilica di San Petronio
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 4
    Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
    Pass by Torre Prendiparte
  • 5
    Archiginnasio di Bologna
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 6
    Mercato di Mezzo
    Stop: 2 hours -
You'll return to the starting point
  • Get an insider’s insight into local food and culture
  • Focus on savoring food and sights as the navigation is taken care of
  • Take home a cookbook with traditional recipes and a Bologna map
  • Enjoy personalized experience with a 15-person max small-group tour
What to Expect
Your tour begins in Neptune Fountain in Piazza Maggiore. After you’ve arrived, take a stroll around the piazza while a guide tells you about local history, art, and architecture. See Basilica di San Petronio, Archiginnasio Palace, the old University of Bologna, Two Towers, a medieval food market, and other city highlights. Stop at the oldest bakery in Bologna to sample a torta di riso (rice cake). Then, continue to the city’s ancient chocolate factory, where the first sfoglia nera was created, and sample its chocolate specialties. Afterward, get a taste of cured meats and cheeses with local breads and wine at a deli. There are two more stops on the sampling feast: a pasta laboratory for homemade egg pasta and a gelato shop. Receive a cookbook with a selection of traditional recipes, and get ready for an afternoon nap.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Piazza Maggiore, Bologna BO, Italy
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Expert local guide service
  • Small-group tour (maximum 15 participants)
  • Orientation tour of Bologna (Piazza Maggiore, San Petronio Basilica, the food market, Bologna University, Neptune Fountain, Two Towers)
  • 5 food tastings which consist of a progressive lunch
  • Progressive lunch
  • High-speed train tickets Florence to Bologna and back (2nd class)
  • High-speed train tickets Venice to Bologna and back (2nd class)
  • Pasta making demonstration: see the pasta ladies at work!
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant are free and they share tastings with their parents
  • Group size is limited to a maximum of 15 participants per group
  • Train tickets will be sent by email 15/7 days prior the tour date
  • Train tickets are not refundable
  • For option "from Florence" and "from Venice": please consider 20 minutes walk (1.5 km) to reach the tour starting point. Our guide meets you in Bologna at Piazza Maggiore, by the Neptune Fountain at 10:00am. In case of train delay please get in touch with us and we'll assist you.
  • Minimum number: tour doesn't operate unless we reach at least 4 participants
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We enjoyed our 3.5hr Bologna Food Walking Tour, but it could definitely be better, especially for the price point. Our guide Elena was friendly, knowledgable, organised and kept the tour flowing well. We particularly enjoyed her explanations about the history of the food and
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Two years ago, we went on a day tour (Food and Ferrari tour with Max) with this company and were very impressed with their professionalism that we decided to sign up again on our visit to Bologna this year. We were short on time so we chose the 3-hour walking food tour with
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Fantastic orientation to Bologna city center and the local food. Our guide shared interesting historical information, and then stuffed us to the gills with delicious food & wine. It was well-paced, fun, relaxing, educational & delicious! I would highly recommend this tour to
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Elena was a fabulous tour guide. You can tell that she really has a passion for the city and was able to mix some history and architecture in with the fabulous food. Now I know what all the other reviewers meant by having to come hungry. The pasta lunch was particularly
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Probably the BEST food walking tour we have ever done - a big call and largely thanks to our wonderful guide Sara. We have no idea why more people don't flock to Bologna and this tour showcases why it is such a wonderful destination: loads of history, amazing food, a really
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